Few things say summer more than a refreshing cocktail. Yet, many face the seemingly hard choice between sticking to their health goals and indulging in a tasty alcoholic treat. Contrary to popular belief, this isn’t really a choice that you have to make at all.
There are plenty of healthy cocktail recipes in the world that won’t put harmful sugars or additives in your body. In general, you will want to steer away from cocktails that use sugar-filled mixers, such as concentrated grape and apple juice. Instead, aim for ingredients that are 100% juice, such as orange, pineapple, or guava. These tend to pair very well with gin, vodka, or sparkling wine. If you prefer a simpler flavor palette, opt for sparkling water or coconut water over sugar-filled soda.
While these are helpful guidelines for the average cocktail, you may need something a little more impressive for your summertime get-togethers. Let’s take a look at a few of the healthiest cocktails you can concoct this summer.
Cucumber Elderflower Cocktail
When the sun is shining down on you on a mid-July day, you need something to beat the heat. This refreshing cocktail is just the thing. Start by cutting four to five slices of cucumber into quarters. Throw these quarters into a cocktail shaker with two ounces of gin, a one-fourth ounce of elderflower liqueur, a three-fourths ounce of lemon juice, and a three-fourths ounce of bianco vermouth.
Muddle the ingredients in your shaker. Then, add one egg white and ice and shake it all until it’s frothy. Double strain this mix into the glass of your choice, let it settle and then zest lemon and cucumber on top for a festive garnish. If you’re a part of the 86.4% of adults who have tried alcohol at least once in their lives, you’re sure to love this refreshing cocktail.
Strawberry Moscow Mule
This classic vodka cocktail is also one of the healthiest you can order at your local bar. With just three ingredients, a Moscow Mule is good for your health and simple to make.
Start by filling a copper mug or tall cocktail glass with ice. Then, add two ounces of vodka and one tablespoon of freshly-squeezed lime juice. Fill the rest of the glass with about four ounces of ginger beer. Give it a stir and you’ll be ready to enjoy your delicious cocktail. If you want to make this minimal drink even healthier, mix the ginger beer with soda water to dilute its sugar count.
Apricot Whiskey Sour
For anyone who prefers darker liquors, there are still plenty of options for healthy cocktails. A whiskey sour with a dash of fruity ingredients is the perfect drink to sip on a hot summer day. Better yet, it doesn’t require the 100-year old principles of biotechnology. You just need four ingredients, a shaker, and a strong arm to shake that shaker.
Start your zippy cocktail by combining one ounce of apricot preserves, two ounces of whiskey, and half of an ounce of lemon juice in a shaker with ice. Shake it all together and then pour the mix over ice. Top it off by garnishing your drink with an apricot slice. With this fruity cocktail, you may not even need to ask for vacation time this year, which 92% of employees say is important to them. As you’ll already be in a perfectly relaxed summertime state, it’ll be as if you’re taking a vacation right in your own backyard.
Now you’re ready to dive into summer fun. Try out these cocktail recipes at your next pool party, picnic, or BBQ. Remember to provide plenty of water bottles as well, of which Americans use 2.5 million every hour, to ensure that everyone stays hydrated in the heat. With a delicious drink in one hand and all-important water in the other, all of your guests will remember this summer bash for years to come.