Your Healthiest Summer
Healthy Summer Cocktails
Refreshing & Healthy Mixed Drinks
Summer’s here and that means it’s time to fire up the barbeque, invite the neighbors over, and spark up the grill. You’ll need something to wash down all that healthy food, so you might as well make your cocktails as healthy as they are refreshing.
Using simple ingredients, you can create some delicious concoctions that will make the entire party happy. Click “next” to get recipes for mixed drinks that will make sure your backyard parties are as healthy as ever.
Healthy Green Tea Martini
Green tea’s benefits are nearly endless. In a mixed drink, it’s a light way to bring some antioxidants into your party.
Directions: Combine equal parts green tea (brewed and chilled) with vodka or gin in a shaker of ice. Add in juice from a whole lime and 1 tbsp of agave nectar. Stir ingredients until blended. Strain into martini glass. Garnish with a slice of lime.
Cucumber Ginger Lemonade
The combination of fresh lemons, ginger, and cucumbers are sure to quench your thirst while improving your digestion.
Directions: In a tall glass, combine 1.5 oz vodka, 1 Tbsp agave nectar, 3 cucumber slices, the juice of one lemon, freshly shaved ginger root (to taste), and 1 cup water. Stir, serve over ice and garnish with lemon rind.
Healthy Whiskey & Ginger
Whiskey by itself contains healthy antioxidants, but the sugary cola that it’s typically mixed with only adds to dehydration and unnecessary calories. Substitute this mixture instead of cola for your favorite whiskey drinker.
Directions: Boil 1 tbsp of grated ginger in two cups water and chill. Mix ½ cup ginger water with 1.5 oz whiskey, 1 tsp of agave nectar, and a dash of bitters. Serve over ice and garnish with lemon peel.
Healthy Raspberry Mojito
The combination of mint and raspberries in this mojito make it a great way to enjoy rum on a hot day while sneaking in important antioxidants.
Directions: In a glass, add ¼ lime, 12 spearmint leaves, 1 tbsp agave nectar, and 6 ripe raspberries. Gently crush ingredients with a muddler and fill glass with ice. Add in 1.5 oz of white rum and top with club soda. Garnish with lime wedge.
Summer Sangria Recipe
Sangria is a great way to please a lot of people at once. It’s also a way to put even more health benefits into some inexpensive red wine.
Directions: In a pitcher, combine a bottle of your favorite wine, 2 tbsp of agave nectar, and the juice of a lemon, lime, and orange. Add in 1 cup each of apples, pineapple, and strawberries. Serve in wine glasses over ice.
Healthy Cucumber Citrus Gimlet
If you’ve got a classy drinker on your hands, there’s nothing better than a gimlet: a time-tested drink that’s packed full of healthy extras.
Directions: In a shaker, muddle together three slices of cucumber, 1 tsp agave nectar, the juice of half a lime, and two shots of gin. Strain and pour into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lime wedge.
Cherry Blackberry Smash
Your typical cranberry cocktail contains more sugar than juice. Here’s a better way to incorporate the great taste of berries and the huge antioxidant power of fresh cherries in a drink.
Directions: Blend in a food processor 1 cup each of cherries (pitted) and blackberries, juice from ½ lemon, and 2 tbsp agave nectar. Add 1 tbsp of the mix into glass. Add a shot of vodka, fill glass with ice, top with seltzer water, mix, and garnish with a cherry.
Not Your Mother’s Bloody Mary
Sometimes you want something spicy. No one can blame you for that. Here’s a healthy twist on the Bloody Mary that will wow your guests.
Directions: In a pan, roast a red, green, and yellow pepper until charred. Remove insides. Blend together 3 tbsp each of olive brine, horseradish, hot sauce, spicy mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. In a tall glass of ice, add in a shot of vodka, 1 cup of mix, and two cups of vegetable juice.
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These cocktails are best shared with family and friends while you’re executing some quality grilling skills.
As always, remember to always stay in your limit and drink plenty of water, especially when the sun gets out. After all, you don’t want to damage your beautiful beach body.
Cheers and enjoy!