Summer is on the horizon, which means that many people will be searching for which of their favorite food and drinks will make it onto the garden table when the sun comes out. Having a great bank of cocktails on the list is always a good way to go, but sometimes they can be filled with sugar and additives that bring havoc to your healthy lifestyle. Yet, making your own recipe book full of healthy cocktail ideas can be tricky, especially when you don’t know where to start. This is why it’s a good idea for you to take note of some refreshing, sweet, and healthy cocktail recipes in your quest to bring some sun to the next few months.
Bloody Mary cocktails are famed for being packed full of vitamins and minerals but are also known for having a hit to them which sets you up for the day. They are luckily also very easy to make. All you need is some vodka, tomato juice, Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce and a stick of celery mixed with plenty of ice. Sometimes, you can switch vodka for tequila if you want to make it into a party drink, and you can add some ginger to give it some extra spice, as well as some more anti-oxidant properties.
Carrots are known for being one of the richest sources of Vitamin A in the natural world, and people consume carrot juice daily as a way of keeping their vitamin levels high. There is nothing to say you can’t add the sweetness and goodness of carrot juice into a cocktail, which will take healthy living to a whole new level. As carrots are so sweet, it can be mixed with any kind of liquor, from rum to whiskey. The most popular cocktail is an easy one made with vodka, where you mix carrot juice, apple juice, and as much vodka as you require into a big jug before mixing with some ice.
Vitamin C is needed by bodies to protect it from harmful free-radicals and is also known for giving a glow to peoples’ skin. Though many people assume that oranges are the best source of the vitamin, you can also find it in peaches, which are a favorite summer fruit. Mixing peaches with prosecco is a sure fire way to add a touch of class to your summer, and is best served at garden parties and celebrations. To make it, mix peaches, sugar and lemon juice in a blender before pouring it into some cold prosecco and garnishing with a fresh slice of peach.
Iced green tea
Long Island iced tea has long been a favorite of cocktail lovers, but it is unfortunately full of unnatural sugars and high caffeine content. Upgrade your usual alcoholic iced tea by mixing green tea with apple juice and honey to keep it sweet, before mixing with your preferred liquor. Many people suggest using whiskey, but you can use vodka for a more subtle taste. It can take up a lot of time to boil green tea and wait for it to cool down, so it’s always worth buying it in cold cans, which are sometimes already sweetened with natural sweeteners. This is also a great way of adding some variety into the mix, by adding flavors like peach and lemon to your cocktail. To find out more, you can always search for natural, ready-brewed green teas online.
Mojitos are one of the most refreshing cocktails you can drink on a hot summer day, thanks to the mint that runs through the drink. They are usually made with lime to contrast from the coolness of the mint, but some people have discovered that they taste great with the primary component of the drink being a lot of fresh strawberries. These will bring an added dose of Vitamins C and K to your diet, and will also nourish you with lots of minerals. They also help to add a bright red color to your drink without the need for food coloring. Luckily, you can find many recipes for this cocktail online.
As a cocktail, sangria is one of the most versatile out there, which you can make using white, rosé, or red wine. Though it is already a summery drink, you can fill it with vitamins and anti-oxidants by adding lots of fruit into the serving jug. For white wine, you can mix a whole bottle with champagne, orange juice, and summer fruits to make it as refreshing as you like, but to keep the benefits red wine has, mix it with some brandy, orange juice, and pomegranate juice. Then, you can add some fruit into the jug before serving on a warm summer evening.
Pomegranate and rum cocktail
Pomegranates are one of the best super-fruits in the world, which are full of vitamins, iron and rich anti-oxidants. Their distinctive but sweet flavor makes them the perfect addition to any cocktail, and you will find them refreshing on hot summer days. Getting all of these vitamins into your cocktail is an easy job, as you merely need to mix pomegranate juice, white rum, and some soda in a glass. To make it even more refreshing, freeze some pomegranate seeds and use them as tiny ice cubes in your drink.
Recently, people have begun to see the numerous health benefits of drinking gin in moderate amounts, such as giving you a glowing complexion, flushing out nasty toxins, and helping you lose weight. It helps that the taste of gin is sharp and unique, making it a great base for any cocktail. Though a traditional gin and tonic may be your preferred way of drinking it, you can add some fresh fruit into it to turn it into a refreshing and healthy tipple. Mimic an English summer by mixing gin with some honey, blended blackberries and nettle juice to create a cocktail filled with anti-oxidants and vitamins.