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Berries Soaked in Booze Are Better For You?

If you're a fan of cocktails, you'll appreciate this tidbit just in time for berry season and Summer-drink mixing. According to studies conducted by Thailand's Kasetsart University and the USDA, soaking berries in liquor increases their antioxidant capacity.

While testing methods for preserving strawberries, the scientists discovered that soaking them in grain alcohol also upped their antioxidant levels. According to the article:

Colored berry fruits like strawberries contain compounds known as polyphenols and anthocyanins. Consumption of these compounds has been linked to the prevention of diseases ranging from cancer to neurodegenerative disorders. . . . Similar benefits of alcohol treatment was found with blackberries, which means that soaking in alcohol will likely improve the antioxidant value of a variety of berries.

Celebrate this fun finding by making a drink with Summer berries, like this Raspberry Herb Cocktail from Martha Stewart. Though the study doesn't say how long you need to soak the berries, be sure to marinate them in the vodka before mixing your cocktail.

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jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 9 years
berries and booze, need I say more?
fivekviv fivekviv 9 years
So, I guess cherry bomb don't count. That would be great for a sangria as well
allinavhcnerf allinavhcnerf 9 years
thanks! this is a delicious idea ^^
MartiniLush MartiniLush 9 years
Isn't anything soaked in booze better??? ;-)
suzanne suzanne 9 years
Fagola soaked wild strawberries... OMG, I can't believe that it has benefits besides being delicious!!! :WOOHOO:
sundaygreen sundaygreen 9 years
this is the best news i've heard all week
kia kia 9 years
What time is happy hour?
Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 9 years
What's on that small tray looks nice to have right about now. And I'm not a big drinker either.
Baby-Girl Baby-Girl 9 years
That drink sounds great.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
I don't really drink much ever so....
emalove emalove 9 years
Haha, I'm with you, Jasmint!
jasmint jasmint 9 years
I gladly welcome another excuse for a cocktail.
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