Summer is well underway and if you’re like most of us, you want to looking and feeling your best. Of course, it’s hard to look and feel your best after having two bottles of wine and a margarita for dinner the night previous. So how do you still enjoy summer, those late nights on the patio, and the company of friends without having to swear off adult beverages? Easy. We’ve taken a look at a ton of different cocktail recipes and have broken down the absolute best and healthiest cocktails you might want to consider if drinking down 2,000+ calories in a single sitting isn’t your idea of summer fun.
Of course, when it comes to alcohol, healthy is a bit subjective. Anything regarding alcohol needs to be done in moderation, no matter how “healthy” it may be. So keep that in mind, and look at these cocktails as simply as more nutritious, less calorie substitutes to some of the high-cal, sugary sweet concoctions you’ve been drowning yourself with all summer long.
Health Benefits: Under 100 calories, since it’s mostly water it’ll help keep you hydrated as well.
We’re starting simple here. Vodka soda is the go-to drink for many a fitness nut when they’re out on the town or letting their hair down a bit. Only hang up here is it’s absolutely, completely, boring, even with a squeeze of lime. If you don’t mind the lack of flavor, by all means, make this your go-to as well…otherwise, keep reading because we’ve got some better (and tastier) options below.
Health Benefits: Under 150 calories, mint is great for digestive health, along with detoxifying the body, cleansing the blood, and whitening the teeth.
One of the most refreshing drinks imaginable on a late sprint/summer afternoon, the mint julep is made by muddling a dozen mint leaves, a shot of bourbon, two shots soda water, and a tablespoon of simple syrup. Add a lemon slice to top. This one clocks in at just around 150 calories, but comes with the added digestive and detoxification properties of fresh mint.
Health Benefits: Under 125 calories, loads of cancer-fighting antioxidants found in cranberry and grapefruit juices.
The seabreeze is another summer classic that is as refreshing as it is nutritionally healthy. Packed with antioxidants found in grapefruit and cranberry, the seabreeze is a great way to get a healthy dose of cancer fighting compounds while having a little fun. To make the seabreeze, mix one shot of vodka with one shot of grapefruit juice, combine with one shot of cranberry juice, serve over ice and top with a splash of soda water.
Health Benefits: Full of antioxidants, great for heart health and reducing blood clots.
Didn’t expect this one to be on the list, huh? Forget about the watered down super low-calorie beers and “splurge” just a bit here. Clocking in at 128 calories, a Guiness packs in tons of flavor as well as health benefits that that Bud Light just can’t match. Since Guinness is made from more whole grains than your average beer, it really is about as nutritious as a beer is going to get.
Health Benefits: Under 125 calories, antioxidant properties found in black tea and lemon.
We’re taking the traditional non-alcoholic Arnold Palmer and adding a little something to kick this one up a notch. After brewing some fresh black tea, mix 3/4 cup of tea with the juice of one lemon, add a shot of vodka, and finish with a teaspoon of honey. Stir well and serve.
Health Benefits: Under 150 calories, tomatoes pack a wide range of cancer-fighting compounds, and celery is known to lower blood pressure, fight free-radicals, and provide digestive benefits.
This oldie but goodie is the classic “morning after” drink, and a great way to indulge a little while still packing in tons of nutrients. Mix a shot of vodka with 4 shots tomato juice, a couple drops of Worcestershire sauce, a splash of Tobasco, salt, pepper, and a stalk of celery.
Health Benefits: Under 150 calories, mostly water will keep you hydrated.
The fizzy lemonade is a great summer cocktail that mixes things up a bit by using a little tequila. Mix one shot of your favorite clear tequila with the juice of one lemon, add half a shot of simple syrup, and finish with seltzer water.
Health Benefits: Under 165 calories, tons of antioxidants from the fruit and wine.
The vodka sunset is one of my personal favorites, and something that definitely screams SUMMER. Muddle a small handful of blackberries in a glass, add one shot of vodka, one shot of lemon juice, one shot of lime juice, 1/2 shot of simple syrup, and a splash of sparkling wine or champagne.
Skinny White Russian
Health Benefits: Under 180 calories, antioxidants found in coffee are great cancer fighters, as well as protect against a host of degenerative diseases, nice protein boost from the milk.
Looking for something a little different than the fruity drinks found above? The skinny white Russian combines 2 shots of chilled coffee or espresso with 1/2 cup of skim milk, finished off with one shot of vodka, served over a handful of ice.
So the next time your out and about, or entertaining over at your place, consider one of these drinks instead of another vodka Spite or rum and Coke. You’ll give your immune system a little boost, pack in some additional cancer-fighting compounds, and do better at limiting your sugar intake with any of the above options. As always, drink in moderation and remember, just because a drink is on this list, doesn’t mean downing a dozen or so is going to be a good idea.
Hope you guys are having a great summer, enjoying the sun, and staying on top of all of your diet and fitness goals. Keep up the great work and if you have any questions or favorite healthy cocktail recipes you’d like to share, leave a comment below!