Cleaner Cocktails for Healthier Holidays
Updated: Jan 4, 2021
The holiday season is upon us and for many that also means COCKTAIL SEASON!
To help you to stay a bit healthier this year I've included a few of my favorite clean cocktail recipes & boutique wine purveyors below. By enjoying drinks that are low in sugar and void of refined and chemical ingredients you can help to reduce inflammation, balance your blood sugar and alleviate hangover symptoms.
Stay hydrated by drinking 1 glass of water per 1-2 alcoholic beverages.
Use fresh whole fruits, citrus, coconut water and sparkling water for mixers instead of juice and soda to avoid spiking blood sugar.
Use honey syrup instead of simple syrup to avoid processed sugars.
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Minty Berry Smash
1.5 oz vodka or bourbon
1/4 cup fresh berries
6 mint leaves
1/4 lemon or lime
1/2 tsp honey syrup (optional)
Muddle mint, berries, citrus juice & honey syrup. Add in ice + spirit of choice. Top with sparkling water & stir. Garnish with mint and fresh berries.
Super Skinny Margarita
1.5 oz tequila
3 oz coconut water
Fresh citrus - lemon, lime and/or orange
Splash sparkling water
2-3 slices jalapeño (if desired)
In a shaker, shake tequila, coconut water & fresh squeezed citrus. Add jalapeño slices to glass with ice and pour in tequila mixture. Top with sparkling water and sprinkle with quality course salt.
Rosemary Gin Sour
4 oz gin
3 sprigs rosemary
1 egg white
1 tsp honey syrup
Shake all ingredients in a shaker until frothy. Pour into a fancy glass and garnish with rosemary sprig. Makes 2 drinks.
What About Wine? While dry wines are naturally low in sugar (about 3-4 total carbs) there are over 76 wine additives that are not required to be printed on the label. Majority of these additives have been deemed "safe", however they can affect the way that your body reacts to and processes the wine. This is why I recommend enjoying wines from boutique producers that source from organically grown vineyards. They are making wine in smaller batches and do not need as many additives to stabilize & preserve it. These will cost you a bit more, but just think of it as purchasing organic produce over conventional. Here are a few great boutique producers and natural wine clubs:
Ficks - this is my favorite go-to hard seltzer. They have 5 great flavors that start with fermented oranges, filtered water & pure fruit juice. With zero added sugar, just 100 calories and from 1-3 total carbs per can, depending on the variety you choose these are perfect for poolside sipping! Find where to buy it HERE.
Stats: 5 ABV, 100 calories, 1-3 total carbs
June Shine - I love these hard kombuchas because they taste refreshing and are not all too sweet. They are made by fermenting black tea leaves with organic cane sugar or honey. (Sugar is required for the fermentation process.) From there they add fresh fruit juice and spices to create unique and delicious flavors. Added bonus - they are a 1% for the Planet company, which is awesome! Find where to buy HERE.
Stats: 6 ABV, 100-140 calories, 4-8 total carbs
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