The next time you're ready to fire up the barbecue and invite friends over, you’ll need something to wash down all that healthy, grilled food.
Check out these recipes for mixed drinks that are both tasty and healthy.
Green tea martini
Green tea’s benefits are nearly endless. In a mixed drink, it’s a light way to bring some antioxidants to your party.
- Combine equal parts green tea, brewed and chilled, with vodka or gin in a martini shaker.
- 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
- In a tall glass, combine 1 1/2 oz. vodka, 1 tbsp. agave nectar, 3 cucumber slices, the juice of one lemon, and 1 cup water.
- Add freshly shaved ginger root, to taste.
- Stir all ingredients and serve over ice.
- Garnish with lemon rind.
Whiskey by itself contains a high amount of ellagic acid, which is the healthy antioxidant that’s also found in wine. However, the sugary cola that it’s typically mixed with only adds unnecessary calories and makes you dehydrated. Substitute the cola with this ginger mixture for a healthier whiskey drink.
- Boil 1 tbsp. of grated ginger in 2 cups of water and chill.
- Mix a 1/2 cup ginger water with 1 1/2 oz. whiskey, 1 tsp. of agave nectar, and a dash of bitters.
- Serve over ice and garnish with lemon peel.
The combination of mint and raspberries in this mojito makes it a great way to enjoy rum on a hot day, while also sneaking in important antioxidants.
- In a glass, add 1/4 lime, 12 spearmint leaves, 1 tbsp. agave nectar or honey, and 6 ripe raspberries.
- Gently crush ingredients with a muddler and fill glass with ice.
- Add in 1 1/2 oz. of white rum and top with club soda.
- Garnish with lime wedge before serving.
Sangria is always a crowd pleaser. And it’s a way to add more health benefits to red wine.
- In a pitcher, combine a bottle of your favorite red wine, 2 tbsp. of agave nectar or honey, and the juice of a lemon, lime, and orange.
- Add 1 cup of each: apples, pineapple, and strawberries.
- Serve in wine glasses over ice.
Cucumber citrus gimlet
If you’ve got a classy drinker on your hands, there’s nothing better than a gimlet. It’s a time-tested drink that’s packed full of healthy extras.
- In a shaker, muddle together three slices of cucumber, 1 tsp. agave nectar or honey, the juice from 1/2 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.
- In a food processor, blend 1 cup of cherries (pitted), 1 cup blackberries, juice from 1/2 a lemon, and 2 tbsp. agave nectar or honey.
- Add 1 tbsp. of the mix into a glass.
- Add a shot of vodka and fill glass with ice.
- Top with seltzer water and mix.
- Garnish with a cherry.
Sometimes you want something spicy. No one can blame you for that. Here’s a healthy twist on the traditional brunch drink that will wow your guests.
- In a pan, roast a red, green, and yellow pepper until charred. Remove seeds.
- Blend together 3 tbsp. of each: olive brine, horseradish, hot sauce, spicy mustard, and Worcestershire sauce.
- In a tall glass of ice, add 1 shot of vodka, 1 cup of pepper mixture, and 2 cups of vegetable juice.