Get shaking, stirring, and mixing with these cocktails that offer a healthy twist to your favorite summer drinks.
Summertime is in full swing, and we all know what that means: Temperatures are rising, and our thirst for cocktails is growing. There's just one problem. Many cocktails are packed with sugars and calories, and they do no favors for our waistlines.
Thankfully, all your hard work to get in shape this season doesn't have to disappear when you decide to have a few drinks. Below, you will find five health-conscious cocktail recipes that keep your fitness goals in mind.
Iced Green Tea Mojito
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Green tea has seemingly endless benefits, some of which include improving your brain function and boosting your metabolism. Throw in the tastiness of a mojito, and you have yourself a guaranteed summer favorite.
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
4 large mint leaves, plus more for garnish
4 baby arugula leaves
2 teaspoons sugar (or you can use a sweetener of your choice, such as Stevia)
1/2 cup brewed green tea, chilled
1 ounce white rum
Sparkling Cranberry Kombucha Mocktail
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Sip, sip, hooray for kombucha! The bubbly drink improves digestion and immune function and is full of probiotics, vitamins, enzymes, and more. Cranberries are great for urinary tract health, and the ginger this recipe calls for can help ease nausea and have anti-inflammatory effects, among other benefits. Mix all of these together and voila! You have a mocktail perfect for any occasion.
1 inch sliced fresh ginger, thinly sliced, plus more for garnish
1 large sprig fresh rosemary, plus more for garnish
1/2 cup cranberry juice
2 12-ounce bottles kombucha
Fresh cranberries for garnish
Beach Babe Margarita
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Summer isn't complete without a margarita (or two or three), and there's no reason those of us with fitness on the mind have to abstain from the tequila-based cocktail. Traditional margaritas, especially prepackaged margarita mixes, are often full of sugar. This version, however, gives us a health-conscious alternative sure to cool down your weekend.
2 limes, freshly juiced
2 ounces tequila
4 ounces coconut water
Touch of agave or Stevia
Sea salt for rim (optional)
1 lime wedge for garnish
Skinny White Wine Cocktail with Strawberries
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In this recipe, your glass of wine is given a special twist by adding strawberries, lime, and seltzer water. The addition of seltzer water adds a bit of fizz while keeping calories low, but if you like your drinks a bit sweeter, the recipe's author suggests adding diet lemon-lime soda instead.
3 to 4 fresh strawberries, diced
2 ounces white wine
Unsweetened lime-flavored seltzer
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Nothing tops off a day spent lounging at the beach quite like a glass of sangria. But it's often easy to fall into the trap of adding loads of sugar to the mix. With this recipe, your sangria is loaded with antioxidants and other nutrients from a variety of berries, peaches, pomegranate juice, and red wine.
2 cups blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, diced peaches
1 bottle red wine
1/2 cup triple sec
1/2 cup pomegranate juice
1 cup club soda
Do you have suggestions for healthy substitutes in your favorite cocktails? Let us know in the comments below!