Turmeric, the new cure-all superfood… fact or fiction?
Over the past year, we have seen an explosion of new superfoods hitting our shelves. Perhaps the most remarkable of all is the vibrantly coloured, Southern Asian root Turmeric. Few of us will have heard of this plant before 2016 (unless you regularly investigate all the spices in your curries!) but now this humble root is everywhere, in lattes, broths and now cocktails! But before we give you our fabulous turmeric tonic cocktail recipe here’s why you really should think about including Turmeric in your diet:
Turmeric has been used for centuries as a spice and medicinal herb. It is favoured by them for its anti-inflammatory properties. It is so powerful that it even matches the strength of some anti-inflammation drugs. Why is inflammation important you say? Well, it is now believed that chronic, low-level inflammation plays a major role in almost every chronic, Western disease. This includes heart disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer’s and various degenerative conditions.
Turmeric dramatically increases the antioxidant capacity of the body. The main reason antioxidants are so beneficial, is that they protect our bodies from free radicals. Turmeric happens to be a potent antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals due to its chemical structure.
Turmeric is one of the few superfoods that has clinical backing to support the claims that it can really make you ‘healthier’. But here at Chase we believe you need to have everything in moderation, so that’s why we have created this delicious Turmeric cocktail recipe, to help you get your daily dose without missing out on your evening tipple! Chase Vodka is gluten-free and contains only 108 calories per double shot – perfect if you’re watching your waistline!
Turmeric Tonic Ice
50ml Chase Vodka
200ml Jamu Kitchen Turmeric Tamarind Tonic
17.5ml Ginger Sugar Syrup* (or plain sugar syrup)
Soda Water to top
You can make this syrup by mixing ginger powder with sugar syrup or, if you have more time, heating crystallized ginger over the stove until it reduces, you may add water if necessary.