Healthier Holiday Cocktails

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With New Year’s Eve right around the corner, I thought you might like some suggestions for cocktails you can toast the coming year with. Yes, I know, you could easily grab a bottle of something pre-made that comes from the shelf. But pre-made drinks are usually very high in sugar. If you had a healthier option, would you give it a try? Take a look at these healthier versions of your favorite holiday cocktails.

Healthier Holiday Cocktails

Rosemary Gin Spritz

Simplicity is one way to make it easy to have a healthier drink. Clear alcohol with some lighter mixers helps keep the calories down and can often make digestion easier. Just be sure to read the labels.

Ingredients

  • 1 large shot of gin
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • 3 ounces soda
  • 1/4 tsp honey
  • Fresh rosemary for garnish

Directions

  1. Mix together gin, lemon juice, and honey. Add in soda. Serve with 2-3 pieces of rosemary to garnish.

Winter Holiday Ocean Breeze

If you’re looking for something that can give you some much-needed refreshment, then the winter holiday ocean breeze might be the absolute best drink for you. This drink is wonderfully festive and is great for your urinary tract.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 ounces vodka
  • 2 ounces club soda
  • 1/2 ounce quinine simple syrup
  • 1 ounce grapefruit juice (pink is more festive)
  • A few pomegranate seeds
  • 3 mint leaves, sliced
  • Crushed ice

Directions

  1. Combine vodka and club soda in a glass.
  2. Add simple syrup, grapefruit juice, pomegranate seeds and mint. Stir.
  3. Add crushed ice for a fast chill.

White Sangria

Sangria is a favorite for all sorts of functions and get-togethers. It is usually made with a red wine and fruit chunks, but is there a way for this classic drink to get healthier than that? Yes, it can! This sangria recipe will definitely raise some eyebrows and impress some guests. It comes out best when it’s made in a large quantity, so grab a punch bowl and some plastic wrap.

Ingredients

  • 1 apple, sliced
  • 1 pear, cut into matchsticks
  • 2 bottles of sauvignon blanc (or use Gewertraminer for a sweeter sangria)
  • 2 cups frozen mango cubes
  • 3 clementines, wedges separated
  • 1-1/2 cups vodka

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients in a punch bowl or large pitcher. Let it sit for the night, then stir it up and serve.

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About the author

Carma Spence, The Own Your Awesome Mentor, loves to be the wind beneath her clients' wings. With Carma's Cookery, she is taking her passion for empowering people and blending it with her passion for cooking, gift-giving and entertaining. She has been experimenting in the kitchen since she was four years old and loves trying out new recipe ideas.