Did that title intrigue you? Wine and roses and cocoa…..all in one drink? Delicious!
It was incredibly easy to do and I did not have a specific recipe but I will show you what I did. Also read more about the medicinal benefits of each ingredient besides the sweet deliciousness.
Rose Petals(Rosa Rugosa)
The rose was one of the most valued medicinal plants in the monastery gardens of medieval Europe. Rose petals suitable for medicinal purposes must yield a deep rose-colored, astringent, and fragrant infusion when boiling water is poured upon them.(Annie’s Remedies)
Roses are known for their beauty, their perfumey scent and their ability to calm. They are also :
- helpful for pms and menopausal symptom
Cocoa Nibs (Theobroma cacao)
Cacao beans and nibs have a long and colorful history, beginning in Central and South America before 1500 BC. The entire cacao fruit was used medicinally by the Mayan, Olmec and Aztec civilizations. These early American peoples also enjoyed consuming chocolate as a beverage; each culture adding its own mix of spices and flavorings to the drink. After the Spanish conquest in the 1500’s, cacao made its way to Europe and began to spread worldwide.
The beans are rich in magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, manganese and potassium, and are a good source of vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C, E and pantothenic acid.
Caffeine, flavonoids, phenylethylalamine, anandamide, magnesium, sulfur, oleic acid, theobromine, tryptophan,
Cacao beans and nibs contain more flavonoid antioxidants than most other vegetables and fruits, with up to four times as much concentrated antioxidants as green tea.(Mountain Rose Herbs)
- Lowers your cholesterol
- Protects your heart – On top of lowering bad cholesterol, polyphenols—the antioxidants in red wine—can help keep blood vessels flexible and reduce the risk of unwanted clotting, says John Folts, PhD, a professor of cardiovascular medicine and nutrition at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. THAT does not mean drink all you want. 🙂
- Controls Blood Sugar – The skin of red grapes—a rich source of red wine’s natural compound resveratrol—may actually help diabetics regulate their blood sugar, finds recent research published in the journal Nutrition. Study participants who took a 250 mg resveratrol supplement once a day for three months had lower blood glucose levels than those who didn’t take the pill. Plus, resveratrol-takers also had significant decreases in total cholesterol and systolic blood pressure.
- Keeps your brain sharp – yep that resveratrol helps your brain!!!
So here is your recipe – easy peasy, anyone can do it!
Rose Petal & Cocoa Infused Red Wine
2 cups of your favorite red wine – I used a cabernet savignon
3 Tablespoons of Organic Rose Petals(not knockout roses!!)
2-3 Tablespoons of Roasted Cacao Nibs
Get a pint glass jar. Put in the rose petals and cacao nibs in the jar(next time I would add more cacao nibs and crush them a little)
Pour wine over the herbs leaving space at the top for shaking. Place a lid on top of jar and leave the jar somewhere that you will see it every day. Shake daily for two weeks.
Strain and enjoy!
Flavor has a floral and rich taste to it. Try experimenting with cinnamon and rose, or lavender and vanilla beans.
Hope you enjoyed the post today! Have you ever infused a wine before? Let me know. 🙂