Summertime is one of the best times of the year for outdoor entertaining. The warm, beautiful summer days and nights are a fantastic time for you to invite family and friends over for a backyard barbecue, relaxing day lounging at the pool, or a night spent dining under the stars.
Enjoying a cocktail, wine, or beer is a normal part of entertaining. I like to indulge in the occasional alcoholic beverage but I also want to make sure that what I drink won’t slow down the progress I’ve made leading a healthier lifestyle. That’s why I like making drinks with benefits. My drinks with benefits have antioxidants, probiotics, enzymes, and phytochemicals that will help protect against some of the effects alcohol has on the body.
I’m sharing my delicious superfoods recipe for berry coconut kefir sangria to give you a healthier drink option that’s perfect for entertaining. My recipe combines antioxidant-rich red wine and berries with probiotic-rich coconut water kefir for a delicious drink that won’t have you feeling guilty afterwards.
Sangria is a very popular wine punch that is usually made with wine sweetened with fresh fruit and a sweetener. The fruit is marinated in the wine so that it infuses the wine with its sweet flavor. Brandy and sparkling beverages are sometimes added for a tasty variation on the basic recipe. Sangria is popular in Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Peru, Puerto Rico, Argentina, and Chile.
Coconut Water Kefir
Coconut water kefir is a healing beverage rich in beneficial bacteria, enzymes, vitamins, and minerals. Young Thai coconut water is fermented with kefir bacteria cultures to form a bubbly, tangy drink that will help heal your digestive system.
Recipe for Coconut Water Kefir
Coconut water kefir is easy to make if you have access to young Thai coconuts. To make it yourself you need 4 cups of coconut water from 3 to 4 fresh young coconuts, either 3 tablespoons of live water kefir grains, or 1 packet of kefir starter, and a 1-quart sterilized glass jar with a lid.
If using the kefir grains just use room temperature coconut water. If using the kefir starter bring the coconut water to 92˚ F temperature and pour it into the glass jar. Don’t heat past this temperature or it will kill your live bacteria. If you don’t have a thermometer you can use room temperature coconut water. I have made the coconut water kefir with room temperature coconut water and the kefir starter and it came out fine. You can decide what will work for you.
Add in the kefir grains or stir the kefir starter into the coconut water with a large spoon and cover loosely with the lid. Let coconut water kefir set at room temperature for 24-48 hours. Coconut water kefir is ready when it turns milky white, bubbly, and tastes tangy. If you are using the water kefir grains, you need to strain them out of the coconut kefir and store in sugar water made with ¼ cup of organic sugar and 1 quart of pure spring water until you’re ready to make another batch of kefir. I usually just use the kefir grains to make another batch of coconut water kefir right away. If you don’t want to do this, the water kefir grains can stay in the refrigerator for several weeks in the sugar water. If using the kefir starter, you can remove ¼ cup of the coconut kefir and add to another 4 cups of coconut water to make a new batch.
If you don’t have access to young coconut water or don’t want to make your own coconut kefir, you can try commercial coconut kefir.
Red wine is rich in resveratrol a powerful polyphenol and potent antioxidant that is renowned for its ability to support a healthy heart and slow down the aging process.
Blueberries and strawberries are two of my favorite superfood fruits. These two fruits are rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, biotin, iron, and fiber which all work together to protect your body from free radicals and toxins that contribute to aging and disease.
The next time you get ready to throw a summer party, make sure you make a batch of my berry coconut kefir sangria so you can enjoy all the benefits this delectable drink offers.
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Berry Coconut Kefir Sangria
Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
Makes 4 to 6 servings
1 cup organic strawberries
1 cup wild or organic blueberries
1 bottle (750 ml) red wine (Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet, or Shiraz are good choices)
⅓ cup coconut sugar or liquid stevia to taste
2 cups homemade coconut kefir or 1 bottle of coconut kefir (use the berry kefir flavor if using a commercial brand)
1 cup of fresh strawberries for garnish
1. Rinse strawberries and blueberries, drain and gently pat dry. Set aside.
2. Open red wine, pour into a glass pitcher, and stir in the coconut sugar or stevia. Add strawberries and blueberries and stir to combine.
3. Place sangria covered in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours or overnight to allow the berries to infuse the wine.
4. When ready to serve, stir in the coconut kefir and the remaining cup of strawberries and enjoy!