By now, we all know a glass of wine here and there can be good for you. In addition to red wine's heart-healthy antioxidants and resveratrol, recent studies show those who drink two glasses of wine a day are slimmer and 40 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes.
So it got us thinking: Is there a benefit to boozing other than vino? After all, there's no reason why cocktails can't be good for you too -- especially if you're frequenting a bar that looks more like an apothecary than a happy-hour hot spot. You just need a few of the right ingredients.
Take a green-tea-infused vodka, for example, which can offer powerful immune-boosting qualities. Lemon and cayenne -- both popular add-ins for many drink recipes today -- are considered powerful metabolism boosters. And all those fresh fruit purées must be packing an antioxidant punch.
But what about going one step further? At Mind Your Manors in Wilton Manors, they are offering drinks with an extra-special ingredients: spirulina.
Before you get grossed out, stop and listen. According to Mind Your Manors owner Bobby Del Campo, the spirulina behind this bar isn't your average (and awful-tasting) green powder.
Instead, Del Campo is using Spirulina Ice, a frozen product grown by a private farm and developed to preserve the nutritional benefits of this powerful superfood -- without the harsh, grassy, bitter flavor often associated with dehydrated products.
Spirulina -- once a major food source for the Aztecs -- is used today as a potent source of plant protein and amino acids. Now, thanks to Spirulina Ice, this algae can be added to almost any drink without any added flavor, giving you a beneficial health boost, be it happy hour or during your breakfast smoothie and lunch break beverage.
The super sippers at Mind Your Manors aren't backed by any scientific claims, of course, but that doesn't mean you aren't getting a good dose of amino acids (including the essential fatty acid gamma linolenic acid), chlorophyll (which helps remove toxins from the blood and boost the immune system), calcium, B-12, and bio-available iron with every sip.
"Drinking this certainly can't hurt, and it doesn't affect the taste at all," says Del Campo. "They've become really popular during our new Sunday brunch when we use it to make our bloody marys."
Mind Your Manors in Wilton Manors located at 2045 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors.
Nicole Danna is a food blogger covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in food and drink news in South Florida, follow her @SoFloNicole or find her latest food pics on Clean Plate's Instagram.