In the winter, you reach for a dark stout. In the fall, you may enjoy a rich glass of syrah or some other rich red wine from one of America's top wineries, and in the summer we wouldn’t be surprised if you were frequently found sipping on a gin and tonic. With 75 percent of the year taken care of, what should you drink during the other quarter of the year — like right now?
Spring is the time of rejuvenation and rebirth. Don’t expect to be personally reborn at winter’s end each year, but do expect to see a lot of great, seasonal spring superfoods reaching their peak deliciousness at this time of year. If you’re looking for an easy way to describe spring superfoods, we suggest using “crisp” when picturing the fresh dark, leafy greens, root vegetables, and thistles in their prime from the end of March to the end of June.
These crisp foods, available at a particularly crisp time of year, are usually enjoyed in the manner that most foods are: We use them in salads. We roast them. We put some of them in smoothies. They're featured as sides and garnishes and everything else that solid foods can appear as in dishes. What you may be surprised to hear, though, is that you can spend that open quarter of your alcoholic year mixing up enviable cocktails that incorporate such spring superfoods. They may not be super healthy, but spring superfood cocktails certainly have more nutritional value than drinks sans superfoods.
Superfood is a buzzword that's difficult to define. That being said, we can assure you that each of the following foodstuffs is incredibly nutrient-dense and calorie-sparse and that you can eat them in almost boundless quantities without having too much to regret (except perhaps in the case of asparagus or beets, which may provide some, er, unique urinary experiences afterwards).
In any case, we aren’t suggesting that you imbibe these superfood cocktails in boundless quantities — but enjoying one or two of them during some nice spring weather is a great way to go about drinking healthily during this time of year. Click ahead to see which superfoods to add to your cocktails this spring.