Cherry Lime Energy Buzz Tonic

Feeling draggy? Put some zip in your sip with revitalizing green tea. You’ll benefit from its antioxidant-rich catechins, plus get a mild dose of caffeine and theobromine, the latter of which improves blood flow and lightens your mood without the jitters.
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lime spritzer

Feeling draggy? Put some zip in your sip with revitalizing green tea. You’ll benefit from its antioxidant-rich catechins, plus get a mild dose of caffeine and theobromine, the latter of which improves blood flow and lightens your mood without the jitters. Bonus: Tart cherry juice can reduce inflammation and soothe sore muscles.

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp thyme leaves
  • 2 green tea teabags
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened tart cherry 
or cranberry juice
  • Juice of 1/2 lime, plus 1 or 2 slices lime for garnish
  • 1 tsp stevia powder or 2 tsp honey
  • 1 sprig thyme for garnish, optional

Preparation

1. In a small saucepan over high heat, cook thyme leaves and 1 cup of water until water just begins to boil, 1 to 2 minutes. Turn off the heat and add teabags; steep for 4 minutes. Add cherry or cranberry juice, lime juice, and stevia or honey, then transfer into a mug. Garnish with lime and thyme sprig, if desired.
2. Add some spirit Add 1 shot (1.5 oz) almond- or rhubarb-flavored liquor, such as Aperol (154 calories).

Handling and storage:You can serve this beverage hot, or make a double batch to ice the leftovers (sans alcohol) for your next afternoon office break. But don’t reheat, since prolonged heating can damage green tea’s antioxidants.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 1 cup without alcohol
  • Calories: 97
  • Carbohydrate Content: 24 g
  • Protein Content: 1 g