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Food Writer & Holistic Nutritionist

By Meredith Youngson

Food Writer & Holistic Nutritionist

Meredith Youngson is a holistic nutritionist, professional recipe developer, and founder of Lake & Oak Tea Co.

Image by Jocelynne Flor

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Yes, you read that right — this tea-and-tonic queen loves a cocktail too. My favorite spirited beverages are light, gently sweetened, and packed with redeeming ingredients like fresh herbs, freshly squeezed fruits, and bold spices. Kombucha is both a wonderful mix-in for cocktails and a low ABV alcohol stand-in on its own, thanks to its depth and puckering flavor. In this tonic, zesty ginger kombucha pairs deliciously with a squeeze of fresh lime. If you’re not looking to imbibe, a splash of sparkling water and a sprig of fresh mint make for an elevated zero-proof cocktail.

Makes 1 cocktail

Ingredients

A few fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish (optional)Juice of 1⁄2 lime1 ounce vodka, sparkling water, or alcohol-free spirit1 cup ginger kombuchaLime slices and fresh mint leaves, for garnish (optional)

Directions

To your favorite cocktail glass, add the mint. Muddle with a spoon or muddler, releasing some of the oils. Add the lime juice and vodka. Stir to combine.Top with ice, then slowly add the ginger kombucha. If desired, garnish with lime and mint. Sip and be delighted!

Reprinted with permission from SuperTonics: 75Adaptogen-PackedRecipesto Boost Immunity, Sleep, Beauty, and Wellness. Text copyright © 2023 by Meredith Youngson. Photographs copyright © 2023 by Jocelynne Flor. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

Meredith Youngson

Food Writer & Holistic Nutritionist

Meredith Youngson is a holistic nutritionist, professional recipe developer, and founder of Lake & Oak Tea Co., one of the most talked-about tea companies in Canada. Her Superfood Tea and Latte Blends are enjoyed by celebrities like Miranda Kerr. Meredith’s cooking and nutrition advice has been featured on Global News, CP24, and the Food Network, and her recipes have been featured on BuzzFeed, THRIVE Magazine, The Kit, and more. In 2020, Meredith competed and won her episode on Food Network’s Wall of Chefs.

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