Like many others, you've probably made a New Year's resolution to eat healthier and exercise more. But what about drinking better? Cocktails are loaded with sugar and more calories than you want to know, but we've scoured the streets for the best alternatives to your every day cocktail. Below is a list of healthy cocktails that you don't have to feel guilty about drinking.
Sparkling Lemon Lime Margarita
3 oz. Lemon Lime Sparkling ICE
1 ½ oz. Tequila
Splash of fresh squeezed orange
Fresh squeezed lime
Shake and pour into a chilled rocks glass rimmed in salt. Garnish with a lime slice. Total Calories: 100
Blackberry Apple HINT Martini (Courtesy of HINT Water)
1 ½ oz. Green Apple Vodka
3 oz. Sparkling Apple Cider
2 oz. HINT Blackberry Water
In a cocktail shaker, combine green apple vodka, sparkling apple cider, Blackberry HINT, and ice; shake until well combined. Strain into chilled glass. Garnish with an apple wedge; serve immediately. Total Calories: 145 calories
Señor Smoky (Courtesy of B&B Winepub)
Smack 3 sage leaves
Add to mixing cup along with:
2 oz. Del Maguey Vida Mezcal
¾ oz. Averna
½ oz. Noilly Pratt Dry Vermouth
2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
Add Ice and swiftly stir. Pour into chilled coupe and garnish with orange twist. Sage has tons of antioxidants to keep you healthy.
Botanica (Courtesy of El Toro Blanco)
2 oz Plymouth Gin
1 oz. sour
Pour into highball glass. Top with hibiscus tea and a splash of soda. Garnish with lime.
Ecto Cooler (Courtesy of Crave Fishbar)
1 ½ oz. Hendricks Gin
2 ½ oz. Genmaicha Green Tea
1 ½ oz. Blood Orange Juice
½ oz. Agave
½ oz. St. Germain
Shake all ingredients with ice and double strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a slice of blood orange. Blood oranges supply plenty of Vitamin C, while agave is a great way to sweeten a drink with natural sugar. Not to mention green tea is known to lower cholestorol and burn fat.
Fresh Blackberry Mojito (Courtesy of Canard Inc.)
1 cup mint leaves
1 cup blackberries
1 tablespoon light sugar
8 oz. light rum
Lime juice from one lime
Muddle the mint leaves, blackberries and sugar, add the rum and lime juice. Mix well, divide the mix between 6 tall glasses, fill with ice cubes, and top with club soda. Garnish with a lime slice and mint sprig. Blackberries are known to prevent cancer and help maintain glowing skin and hair, while mint aids in digestion.
Stone Crab Mary (Courtesy of Ed’s Chowder House)
2 oz. Vodka
1 oz. crab meat
½ oz. fresh lime juice
8 oz. Ed’s Signature Boody Mary Blend
1 chilled stone crab claw
1 green olive
1 black olive
2 cherry tomatoes
1 celery stalk
In addition to the vitamin K rich celery and the super nutritious tomatoes, it turns out stone crab are very healthy, too. Crab is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A, C and the B (including B12, and minerals like zinc and copper). It is a source of selenium, which may be a means of preventing cancer.
Dr Ward’s Cleanse (Courtesy of William Ward of Marble Lane)
2 oz. Stoli Gala Applik
¾ oz. Beet Juice
¼ oz. Agave Nectar
¼ oz. Lemon Juice
1 Celery Rib (with frond/leaf)
Fresh Ginger (peeled)
In a Boston shaker, muddle 2 or 3 quarter-inch pieces of celery along
with 2 slices of freshly peeled ginger. Add ice, vodka, beet ju
ice, agave nectar & lemon juice and shake vigorously. Dirty pour into tall Collins-style glass. Add additional ice if necessary to fill glass and top with a splash of tonic water. Garnish with top of celery rib and serve with large straw. This cocktail is a take on the popular “Blueprint Cleanse” as well as the craze for freshly juiced drinks which incorporate vegetables and fruit into one power-packed drink. The sweet-earthiness of beets and celery mesh well with the warming flavors of the ginger and lemon juice, while the agave nectar helps round out the drink and provide both mouth feel and a touch of sweetness. Topped with a splash of tonic water and garnished with a celery stem & leaf, you have the first alcoholic, anti-oxidant, free-radical-fighting cocktail.
Leche de Tigre (Courtesy of Paggi House)
½ oz. coconut milk
¼ oz. lime juice
¼ oz. unfiltered sake
¼ oz. clam juice
¼ oz. simple syrup
Marinate oyster in 1 oz. Tabasco for 5 min. Drop in shooter glass with all other ingredients and toss back with plenty of good resolution. Not only is this the ultimate hangover cure, but oysters are also said to be a good aphrodisiac.
Borgogna (Courtesy of Chef Matias Palomo)
1 bottle of Chilean red wine for cooking, ideally Pinot Noir
1 bottle of Chilean red wine to top, Cabernet Sauvignon (optional)
3 Chilean Oranges (or Clementine) thinly sliced
2 cups of Chilean Blueberries
Zest of Chilean Oranges (or Clementine)
2 Chilean Apples (red or green), cubed
2 cinnamon sticks
1 cup of sugar
Bring the Pinot Noir to a boil in a pot with the cinnamon, cloves, zest of orange, and sugar. Shortly before it comes to a boil, add the oranges (or Clementine), blueberries, and apples. Continue until it boils, reduce heat, and let simmer for 2 minutes. Take off the stove immediately. Once ready, you have two options: Serve as is, warm. OR:Place entire pot in the fridge until cold, preferably overnight, then serve into glasses leaving room for topping with the Cabernet Sauvignon. This Chilean cocktail, Borgoña, is a sort of mulled wine/sangria that's full of fruits bursting with antioxidants and other vital vitamins and minerals. Not to mention, red wine has always been known to be good for the heart.
Basil Hayden’s Summer Gold
1 ½ parts Basil Hayden's Bourbon
½ part Pimm’s No.1
½ part Cold Black Tea
½ part Simple Syrup
Ribbon of Orange Peel
In a metal tumbler, muddle mint into the simple syrup until mint becomes aromatic. Add remaining ingredients and ice. Stir together until tumbler gets cold. Top off with more ice and garnish with fresh mint and an orange peel twist.
Teensy Prosecco Float
5 oz. MARTINI Prosecco
1 scoop raspberry sorbet
Add a scoop of raspberry sorbet to a chilled champagne flute. Fill with prosecco, and garnish with a raspberry. 100 calories
The Half Windsor (Courtesy of Ben Scorah of The Windsor)
1 ½ oz. Voli Vodka
¾ oz. Fresh Pressed Cucumber Juice
½ oz. Agave Nectar
½ oz. Fresh Lime Juice
Combine all ingredients into a shaker, shake vigorously, pour over ice and garnish with a slice of cucumber. Enjoy! 92 calories.
The Glazier (Courtesy of Upstairs at The Kimberly Hotel)
2 oz. vodka
½ oz. St Germain
½ oz. simple syrup
1 oz. white peach pure
2 sliced strawberries
¾ oz. lemon juice
1 oz. ginger beer
Muddle strawberry with peach puree. Add ingredients shake pour into a pilsner glass full of ice. Top up with ginger beer. Full with healthy fruits and ginger beer to calm the stomach, this cocktail is a healthy alternative to your typical night out drink.
Chaud-Time (Courtesy of DBGB Kitchen & Bar)
1 oz. cider
1 ¾ oz. walnut whiskey
⅓ oz. honey
1 oz. sorel liqueur
Serve in a mug and garnish with clove studded orange wedge. This is a great winter remedy for the nasty common cold.
Danish Martini (Courtesy of Aamanns-Copenhagen)
2-3 basil leaves, muddled
2 oz. beet aquavit
¾ oz. ginger syrup
¾ oz. lemon juice
Shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with basil leaf. Beets are highly nutritious, providing plenty of antioxidants, and are known for lowering cholesterol and they have anti-aging effects.
The Beetnik (Courtesy of Lucy Restaurant & Bar)
2 oz. Hendricks gin
½ oz. Fresh beet purée
¾ oz. Lemon juice
¾ oz. House made ginger syrup
½ oz. Kings ginger liquor
½ oz. St Germain elderflower liquor
Top with fever tree soda water
Muddle 6 slices of cucumber and 3 leaves of basil. Garnish with cucumber slices and beet infused cucumber slices. Not only are they low in calories, the health benefits of beets are profound. Beets are high in a number of vitamins and minerals, including potassium, magnesium, fiber, phosphorus, iron, vitamins A, B & C and more. They also act as a body cleanse and can prevent various forms of cancer, give you an energy boost, and can even help your mental health through the betaine and trytophan.
Saketini (Courtesy of Juvia Miami)
1 ½ oz. Ultamat vodka
1 ½ oz. Junmai sake
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the sake and vodka; shake thoroughly until chilled, strain into a martini glass, and serve. Makes one cocktail, but can easily be doubled. Junmai Sake has around 39 calories per ounce. Ultimat Vodka has about 97 calories per ounce. This is a light, refreshing take on a martini.
Peachtree (Courtesy of James Moreland of Center Bar)
1 ½ oz. Mandarin vodka
Juice of half a lime
½ oz. Ginger syrup
¾ oz. Peach nectar
Top with ginger ale
In a mixing glass, combine ginger syrup with the juice of half a lime. Muddle well, add Absolut Mandarin, peach nectar and ice. Shake hard and strain over ice into a tall Collins. Top with ginger ale. Stir gently and garnish with a peach slice or fresh berries. This cocktail has low calorie content, at approximately 200 calories. Ginger is a natural remedy for aiding with digestion,fighting off cold and flu symptoms, and helps the body absorb essential nutrients.
The Doctor’s Orders (Courtesy of Delicatessen)
2 oz. Bulleit Rye
1 oz. blood orange puree
3 lemon wedges
¾ oz. simple syrup
3 dashes orange bitters
Muddle three lemon wedges in a glass. Add in simple syrup, Bulleit rye, blood orange puree, and orange bitters; shaken. Served on the rocks with a lemon wedge. Refreshing citrus provides an immune boost during any season, and rye with orange bitters act as a natural pain-killer.
Zen Garden (Courtesy of William Ward of Marble Lane)
2 oz. Momokawa Sake (78 Cal)
1 ½ oz. Grey Goose (97 Cal)
1 oz. yuzu Syrup (39 Cal) (4:1 simple syrup : yuzu juice)
Basil Leaves (.12 Cal)
Mint Leaves (1 Cal)
Muddle 2 mint leaves, 2 basil leaves, and 1 dash of Yuzu syrup. Combine mixture, ice, and all other ingredients and shake. High in Iron, Niacin, Riboflavin, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Potassium and Vitamins C, B6 & B12, this cocktail packs a nutritional punch with No Fat or Cholesterol and very Low in Sodium. And, using a Sake from Oregon helps support the GDP, which makes you feel warm and fuzzy. Wait… maybe that’s the alcohol.
Vivaldi (Courtesy of Casa Nonna)
1 ½ oz. Beefeater's Gin
½ oz. Carpano Antica
½ oz. Fernet Branca
Add ice to a rocks glass. Pour the Beefeater's gin, carpano antica and fernet branca over the ice and stir gently. Garnish with an orange slice. Serve in same glass. 108 calories.
Mexican Vacation (Courtesy of Lulu & Me)
2 oz. Jalapeno Infused Hornitos Reposado
1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
Pour the jalapeno infused Hornitos Reposado tequila and fresh lime juice over ice. Stir gently. Serve with a dried jalapeno and lime wedge. 105 calories.