Summer is here (there may still be some showers but hey this is England)! What says summer more than sipping on some exotic-tasting refreshing cocktails? If you are conscious about your health but still love booze (guilty!), read on to discover cocktails with a health kick to make you feel a little better about drinking them. Maybe even bookmark this page and refer to it for your go-to drinks menu at your next BBQ, enter these chosen 7 Top Healthy Cocktail Recipes!
1. Ginger and Kale Margarita
Kale is still growing strong as THE green leaf to have with its high vitamin and mineral content. This cocktail uses kale juice for a nutrient hit. Using agave syrup in place of sugar gives this cocktail a more natural sweetness and the added ginger helps to benefit the digestive system.
2. Carrot Mimosas
Using carrots instead of the traditional orange means this cocktail is lower in sugar but high in beta carotene. Prosecco has less sugar and calories than most wines so helps to keep the calorie count down. Just make sure to use pure carrot juice and not a sugary juice drink.
3. Bloody Mary
The traditional Bloody Mary cocktail isn’t actually all that ‘bad’. This one however, is even better. It has black pepper and turmeric added both of which are high in antioxidants. The anti-inflammatory properties from the turmeric help the liver recuperate after alcohol.
4. Coco No Loco
Drinking alcohol depletes your electrolytes but coconut water helps to restore them so this cocktail is a win-win. Coconut water is high in potassium (250mg per 100ml). Potassium cannot be made by the body so must be consumed through your diet itself. Coconut water will help you on your way to reach your recommended intake of 4,700mg per day.
5. Peach Gin and Tonic
A summer twist on a refreshing classic – no added sugar and you can switch to diet tonic water to make this drink even healthier. Keep the peach slices to snack on when you’ve finished to count towards one of your 5-a-day!
6. Skinny Pina Colada
The traditional recipe calls for coconut cream which is very high in saturated fat. This recipe uses low fat vanilla yogurt for a creamy protein hit. Opt for coconut greek yogurt for even more protein or dairy-free coconut yogurt to make it vegan friendly.
7. Matcha Tea Gin Sour
Matcha is everywhere at the moment, so it was only a matter of time before it showed up in our cocktails. It is a nutrient-dense, green tea powder that helps to fight cancer, viruses and heart disease.
All of these recipes can be adapted to be alcohol-free whilst still keeping the health benefits if that’s your cup (or glass) of tea. Having a drink but still nourishing your body? I’ll cheers to that! Got a healthy cocktail recipe? Tell us below or @ KeepFitKingdom !