INSIDE: You don’t have to completely let go of your health-conscious ways this holiday season! Give these healthy holiday cocktails a try so you can unwind without the guilt.
Instead of writing yet another article about how to handle holiday stress, I thought I would go a different route and write one about healthy holiday cocktails.
Yes, you can Laugh Out Loud! Sometimes stuff is just stressful, and you just want to unwind with a good drink, right?
Not to mention that it’s very likely we’re going to be attending family gatherings where there will be lots of foods and drinks to tempt us. Afterall, it’s the time of year when we tend to put our diets aside until the new year because it’s just too hard to keep eating the way we should.
If we’re going to drink anyway, we may as well try these healthy holiday cocktails, so that if nothing else, we’ll feel a little better about ourselves. (Well as a disclaimer, these aren’t all “healthy” per se, but they are at least “healthier.”)
Plus, what’s the fun in serving up the same old stuff year after year? Surprise your guests with these creative, healthier holiday cocktails so you can all kick back without the guilt.
Healthy Holiday Cocktails For Christmas
Rosemary Gin Spritz
Simplicity is one of the best ways to make a healthier drink. Fewer ingredients typically means less junk. Not only will this simple spritzer keep the calories down, but it’ll also help with digestion.
Simply combine the following ingredients:
- 1 large shot of gin
- ½ ounce of lemon juice
- 3 ounces of ginger ale (use this healthier option if possible)
- ¼ teaspoon of honey
Garnish with 2 – 3 sprigs of rosemary for a festive and delicious cocktail.
Winter Holiday Ocean Breeze
This drink is festive and refreshing, and as a bonus, it’s beneficial for the urinary tract.
Mix the following together:
- 1.5 ounces of vodka
- 2 ounces of club soda
- ½ ounce of simple syrup (you can make your own simple syrup by boiling 1 cup of water, and then dissolve 1 cup of sugar in the water and let cool)
- 1 ounce of grapefruit juice
Garnish with some pomegranates and mint leaves for a beautiful addition.
Winter White Sangria
Sangria is one of the healthier cocktails you can drink because it is made with wine and fruit. White sangria provides a winter twist to this classic drink! This cocktail turns out best when it’s made in a large quantity so grab a punch bowl and some plastic wrap to get started.
- Slice up 1 apple and 1 pear into matchsticks or thinner cutlets.
- Place them in the punch bowl and pour in 2 bottles of Sauvignon Blanc, 2 cups of frozen mango cubes, 3 clementines, and about 1 ½ cups of vodka. Cover and let it sit for the night, then stir it up and serve.
Healthy Holiday Cocktails For New Year’s Eve
Blackberry Coconut Champagne Cocktail
Sounds delicious, doesn’t it? Oh yes, it is! The awesome part is that this recipe uses coconut water, which is extremely hydrating and contains tons of electrolytes, which will ward off the dreaded handover.
- Mix 2 ounces of plain coconut water with 1 ounce of vodka.
- Toss in a few blackberries and add about an ounce of champagne.
St. Germain and Orange Champagne Cocktail
St. Germain has only been around since 2007, and it is made from elderflowers in France. With less than 5 ingredients, this recipe is a simple drink you can whip up in no time. Just combine the following and serve over ice:
- 1 ounce of St. Germain
- 1½ ounces of freshly squeezed orange juice
- ½ ounce of vodka
- 3 ounces of champagne
Strawberry Basil Champagne Cocktail
Strawberries and champagne are delicious together. Combine the following ingredients:
- 1.5 ounces of high-quality vodka
- 1 ounce of pineapple juice
- ½ ounce of Strawberry Basil Simple Syrup
- 2-4 ounces of your favorite champagne
Berry Rose’ Cocktail
This drink is great for a romantic night in.
- First, slice up some berries of your choice (commonly strawberries or blueberries).
- Then add the berries to a mixed cocktail of a rose wine of your choosing (otherwise known as a blush wine), vodka, and a dash of lemon juice.
- Add a little lemon-lime soda to top it off (try this kind for a healthier version).
Spiced Winter Drinks
Apple Spiced Hot Cocktail
Warm cocktails are a fun way to enjoy the tastes of fall and winter. You’ll need some prep time on the stove for this one.
- Cut up 3-4 regular-sized apples, removing the seeds.
- Blend the apples with 4 cups of water and 3-4 tablespoons of honey until it is the consistency of applesauce.
- Strain out the fibrous parts and simmer the liquids, adding the remaining ingredients:
- ¼ teaspoon of anise powder
- ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon of clove powder
- ½ teaspoon of cardamom
Pour the liquid equally into glasses, and garnish with a pinch of cinnamon.
There is so much you can do with sangria, and this spiced variety adds a fun and unique spin. Combine the following ingredients in a punch bowl:
- ¾ cup of water
- 2 tablespoons of sugar
- 1 cup of fresh cranberries
- 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
- 1/4 cup ground peppercorns
- 2 sliced tangerines
- 4 ounces of orange-flavored liqueur or a similar replacement
- 1 bottle of chilled cabernet
Spiced Hot Chocolate
This is the perfect winter drink! It’s something the whole family can enjoy, and then you can add some Bailey’s Irish Creme for the adults to enjoy.
- 1 cup of whole or vegetable-based milk (or substitute ¼ cup of the milk for Bailey’s Irish Cream)
- 2 tablespoons of high-end cocoa powder
- ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg
- a small pinch of cayenne pepper
- ¼ teaspoon of vanilla
- ⅛ cup of water
Healthier Holiday Punch
Citrus Holiday Punch
Combine the following ingredients in a punch bowl and enjoy!
- 46-ounce can of pineapple juice, chilled
- 28-ounce bottle of mineral water (or
club soda), chilled
- 6 ounce can of orange juice concentrate, frozen
- 1 lemon (or lime), sliced thinly
- 2 cups of fresh berries
- 750 ml bottle of champagne, chilled
Sparkling Strawberry Punch
- 2 bags of strawberries, frozen
- Lemon juice of 2 lemons
- 1 bottle of rose wine (blush), chilled
- 28 ounces of ginger ale, chilled (use this kind for a healthier option)
- 1 bottle (28-oz) of club soda, chilled
- 2 trays of ice cubes
- 1/4 cup of sugar
- Garnish with orange slices
- Blend the strawberries and lemon in a blender.
- Pour mixture into a chilled punch bowl. Add all ingredients except orange slices.
- Stir punch until sugar is completely dissolved.
- Garnish with orange slices.
How to Make a Healthier Sangria
Sangria is relatively healthy to begin with, but there are ways to make it even healthier! These creative sangria tips provide a low sugar option for anyone looking for a healthier, low-calorie cocktail to enjoy during the holidays.
Select the Right Alcohol
Fortunately, sangria can be made with nearly any alcohol, and often contains alcohol and wine mixed together. That makes it easy to serve up a healthier version. Use straight hard alcohol instead of alcohol mixes to reduce your sugar consumption. This guarantees the sweetness is coming from the fruit that you add, and the natural sweetness of the alcohol. You can also use sparkling wine or soda water to control the flavor and alcohol content.
Select the Right Fruit
When choosing fruit for your sangria, fresh, organic fruit is the healthiest way to go. Organic fruits contain more nutrients and are free from pesticides. Fresh fruit is always more nutritious than canned or frozen fruit because it has not had a chance to lose its nutrients yet. Plus, the fresher the fruit, the sweeter it will be.
Pick your favorite healthy holiday cocktail, give it a try this holiday season, and then leave a comment below to let us know how you liked it. Relax, kick back, and enjoy!
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