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Kale Martini

9 Comments 25 January 2012

                            Kale Martini

Kale Martini?!

Uhuh. That’s what Dr. Oz serves at his cocktail parties.

I know, this one has to go under the recipe category of Try Because It Sounds So Weird. Then again, when you think about it, any martini is just an excuse to look cool while drinking hard alcohol, and this one looks like you’re trying to be healthy at the same time. Ironic and I love it! 

So, c’mon just give this a try!

Their good! Trust me!  And all the vegetables cancel out the booze, right?

Kale Martini
This recipe was in the goodie bag from Dr. Oz’s cocktail party. See details below.

2 cups spinach
2 cups cucumber
1 head of celery*
1/2 inch or teaspoon ginger root
1 bunch parsley
2 apples
Juice of 1 lime
Juice of 1/2 lemon
2.5 oz. vodka
2 cups of kale

Combine all ingredients in a blender. This makes approximately 28-30 ounces, or 3-4 servings. As you can see in the photo above, it has little bits of veg in it. I couldn’t see what blender they used, but I could see they strained out the juice. I’m thinking a Vitamix might be needed. If you try using a regular blender, please let us know if it works!

*A head of celery is the the complete group of celery stalks bundled together.


Dr 1
Dr. Oz

So, some of you know from Facebook buzz that I was invited last minute to a cocktail party hosted by Dr. Oz and Evamor water last Thursday. I’m still not really sure why I was invited, but I’m not complaining!

The party was held at Hearst Tower, the green architectural darling of NYC. The 44th floor had a glittery view of the city that distracted me while I scanned the room for familiar faces.

(Sorry the photos are kind of dark and lame. It’s a challenge to take decent photos in a room with candle light, high ceilings and reflective glass window walls.)

I thought I might run into Dr. Green or Elisabeth Hasselbeck there, but I didn’t see them. I thought there might be a chance because Elisabeth had just been on the Oz show that day discussing celiac disease and featuring her new book Deliciously G-free. That’s really the only connection I could come up with as to why I was invited to this event. You know, the celiac disease connection on the PR people’s radar.

(Did you see the show? Here are some clips. There are 4 parts. What did you think of it?)

I did see Matthew Modine, though. Evidently, Rocco DiSpirito was there too, but even Oz couldn’t find him when asking for him from the stage. 

Evamor Alkaline Water
Evamor Alkaline Water

The event was celebrating Evamor water becoming a sponsor of Dr. Oz’s non-profit named HealthCorps. Evamor water is naturally alkaline, unlike most bottled waters that are either pH neutral or even acidic. I’ve been meaning to discuss this whole alkaline thing and how it relates to diet and health here on the blog, but a more in depth discussion will have to take place another time in order to do it justice.

Dr. Jamie Koufman was there signing her book Dropping Acid: The Reflux Diet Cookbook & Cure. I checked it out and it isn’t gluten-free, but I’m sure you could easily figure out gluten-free substitutions if you are searching for some help in regards to acid reflux.

 Moi, Melissa and Chenda. I’m standing like I had too many green martinis!

So, I worked the room all by myself (*sniff*) and eventually approached the lovely ladies above. They were so sweet! It turns out that Melissa Castellanos writes for CBS and Chenda Ngak is part of the tech support team. We got in line to have our photo taken with Dr. Oz against a publicity backdrop and just as we got to the front he decided to leave. Yeah. I know. AND it was the 2nd time I had been in line! So sad. The first time I got all the way to the front and they whisked him away to give his speech. *sigh*

Really, I’m just thrilled that I was invited!

I wish the best for Evamor water and HealthCorp!

Thank you for the invite, Dr. Oz! It was great party!



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9 Comments so far

  1. 1
    Kathie J says:

    I kind of like the idea of a healthy martini but what did they taste like if you could compare it to something?

  2. 2
    Kelly says:

    Kathie, Good question! I guess I should have described the taste! [duh] 🙂 It tasted mostly of cucumber, slightly sweet from the apple. I didn’t even taste the ginger, wondering if the one I had at the event had any in it. I didn’t have any alcohol in mine because they didn’t have any grain-free vodka there. I don’t drink grain based alcohol.

  3. 3
    Kathie J says:

    So you react to grain based alcohol? What alcohol do you drink? According to studies, the gluten molecules are not supposed to get thru the distilling process. I feel like the better brands are safer, altho I prefer Chopin vodka because I like it but also because it’s safe.

    I started thinking about other brands that might be GF and found this website. I was looking because I was told Grey Goose was made from grapes…not so…

  4. 4
    Kelly says:

    Kathie J…

    Yeah, I’ve been meaning to blog about the topic of alcohol…SO many things to blog about agggh! 🙂 You are right, the docs say distilled alcohol should be OK, but there are a lot of us out there that react. People need to listen to their body. I get Dermatitis Herpetiformis from grain alcohol so it’s not in my head. Well, on my head. 😀 Good news is that vodka snobs looove potato vodka. The cheapest I’ve found is Luksosawa to keep at home. When out you can usually find Chopin or Ciroc. Spendy, tho. Then there is always premium 100% agave tequila, rum, brandy, wine.

  5. 5
    Cathy says:

    Hey Kelly,

    Very interesting idea! It might have tasted like the cucumber martini I got at Seasonal Harvest Grill. Very refreshing! I (used to get) DH but haven’t been triggered by vodka. I received a reply from Pinnacle that all their 70 proofs are gluten free. (the 80 & 100 aren’t) All those wonderful flavored vodkas are 70 proof! I also asked Chambord, and received the response pasted below.
    Cheers to you!

    Dear Cathy,Thanks for taking the time to write to Chambord. We do appreciate your interest.

    Chambord is crafted from a variety of cognacs and natural flavorings purchased from various suppliers. Because some of the cognacs used are distilled by other distilleries, we cannot guarantee that Chambord is gluten-free.

    However, our vodka is gluten-free!

    I thought you might enjoy this recipe for the French Sparkle. Also, you might want to find Chambord on Facebook. We’re sharing exciting news and recipes with our friends, and we’d love to have you join us there.

    French Sparkle™
    1 ½ oz Chambord Flavored Vodka
    1 oz Champagne
    2 oz Mango Nectar

    Shake vodka and mango nectar with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Top with champagne. Garnish with a mango slice and a black raspberry.

    I hope you have a wonderful week. Please feel free to contact us anytime – we always enjoy hearing from our friends.

    Best regards,

      Kelly says:

      Hey Cathy…(is this a different Cathy or the same Cathy that commented earlier with the spelling KathyJ? Just curious)

      Thank you so much for the drink recipe. I bet the Sparkle is beautiful garnished with mango and black raspberry….mmm…would be a beautiful brunch drink, eh?

        Kathie J says:

        Different Cathy/Kathie…thanks for the vodka info…have to check into the flavored vodkas to see if they have sugar in them…I don’t do well with sugar…

  6. 6
    Kelly says:

    Oh…and I didn’t know Chambord made vodka! I think everyone makes vodka now. I read in a report back at the investment firm job that it is cheap to produce and popular.

    My favorite drink is a French Martini with Chambord.

  7. 7

    love this post. Congrats on the invite. We’ve have been featured twice on Dr. O, but I never got an invite!!! (Course I am in Kansas which probably keeps me off the list).

    I am always on the lookout for GF recipes. Always among our most searched for key word…

    Greetings. This is my first time on your blog, but you have a terrific one. I am always on the look out for new blogs, new ideas. I especially appreciate all the details you do. Great photos makes it seem like anyone can replicate the recipe!

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