Perfect for a celebration, raise your glass with a fruit-packed healthier cocktail
Champagne, cava and prosecco contain the same health-boosting polyphenol antioxidants as red wine - without the teeth staining side effects, according to a study by the University of Reading.
Plus a glass of bubbly contains only about 90 calories. For added fizz, why not try these vitamin-packed recipes, which all serve six...
Take 1 tin peaches (puréed), the seeds of 1 pomegranate
Make Fill a third of a glass with the puréed peaches, top up with sparkling wine, and sprinkle with 1tbsp pomegranate seeds.
Result Pomegranate is one of the best sources of free-radical fighting, collagen-boosting antioxidants, according to research from the University of California, Los Angeles. Peaches are high in beta-carotene, important for tissue growth and repair, and may even protect your skin against sun damage.
Take 100g frozen mixed berries (thawed), handful mint sprigs.
Make Muddle 2tbsp berries per glass, fill with sparkling wine, mix and add a sprig of mint to decorate
Result Blueberries have been proven to improve your concentration and memory, according to a study by the University of Reading. Berries are also a great source of flavonoids, which can help to protect against degenerative disease. And the mint could help you remember people's names - a study by the University of Cincinnati found that sniffing mint improves concentration, so it's perfect for parties!
Take 125g sugar, 1tbsp grated fresh ginger, half a lemon (zested and then sliced).
Make Simmer sugar, ginger and lemon zest with 125ml water for five minutes to make sugar syrup. Cool and strain. Fill a third of a glass with ginger sugar syrup, top with sparkling wine and add a slice of lemon.
Result Ginger has long been used as a cure for colds and flu - probably because of its potent flu-busting combination of magnesium, potassium and copper. Its soothing, anti-inflammatory properties also help your digestive tract - home to all those immune-boosting friendly bacteria. And lemon zest contains limonene, a phyto-chemical with antioxidant effects.
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