Indulging in Healthy, Holiday Cocktails

Oh, the holidays-- the most wonderful time of the year! The holidays are perfect in almost every way. Much to our dismay, the one way they are not perfect is for our health. Between holiday parties, Christmas and Hanukkah, and the general feeling that the holidays will be gone before we know it, it seems like there is always a reason to indulge. Indulging healthily is the key (yes, it's possible!) and luckily, you can use these cocktail recipes here to healthily indulge in the holidays.

 

Cran-Rosemary Gin Fizz: A Classic Drink with Classic Holiday Flavors

Cranberries, rosemary, and the holiday season go together like peanut butter and jelly. Here is a drink to bring together these holiday flavors and some classic Christmas colors. Just seeing this drink will give you Christmas spirit!

 

Recipe for Two:

Ingredients:

2-3 tablespoons of lemon juice

1 teaspoon of honey

2 ounces of cranberry juice

3 ounces of gin

4 ounces of club soda

8 sprigs of fresh rosemary

Handful of fresh cranberries (optional)

Steps:

  1. Combine the lemon juice, honey, cranberry juice, and six of the rosemary sprigs.

  2. Muddle, muddle, muddle!

  3. Add gin and club soda.

  4. Split between two glasses of ice and top with the extra sprigs of rosemary and the fresh cranberries.

  5. Enjoy your drink of Christmas colors and flavors!

 

Cheery Dirty Shirley

While the traditional Dirty Shirley is made with a lemon-lime soda, this Cheery Dirty Shirley saves on the sugar by switching the lemon-lime soda out for soda water. Take a sip of this low sugar cocktail, enjoy the taste of satisfaction, and bring on the holiday cheer.

 

Recipe for Two:

Ingredients:

3 ounces of vodka

2 tablespoons of grenadine

2 cups of soda water

Steps:

  1. Combine all three ingredients into two glasses of ice.

  2. Give a cheers to the person next to you!

 

Mulled Wine

While this mulled wine is not technically a cocktail, mulled wine is too perfect to not include on the list. Plus, you can get the heart healthy benefits of resveratrol as you sip on this warm drink by the fire.

 

Recipe for Six:

Ingredients:

1 bottle of wine

2 cups of apple cider

1 sliced orange

3 cinnamon sticks

½ inch slice of ginger

1 star anise

8 whole cloves

Steps:

  1. Combine everything in a large saucepan over medium heat.

  2. Before it starts to boil, bring to low and let simmer for thirty minutes.

  3. Breathe in the beautiful scent of the season and pour yourself a glass.

  4. Let simmer for no more than three hours.

 

Pomegranate Moscow Mule

Raise your hand if you knew that the pomegranate was a symbol of good luck! It’s okay—I hadn’t known either until I went searching for the perfect New Year’s Eve indulgence. In Greek tradition, pomegranates symbolize good luck so let’s make this drink, give them a cheers, and start this New Year with a little extra luck on our side.

 

Recipe for Two:

Ingredients:

3 ounces of vodka

2 ounces of pomegranate juice

2 tablespoons of lime juice

2 teaspoons of honey

2 tablespoons of pomegranate seeds

1-2 cups of ginger beer (to taste)

Steps:

  1. Mix all of the ingredients together, except for the ginger beer and pomegranate seeds. Aim to have each of these ingredients at room temperature so the honey mixes better.

  2. Split this base into two glasses of ice and fill up the rest of your cup with ginger beer and sprinkle in the pomegranate seeds.

 

Keep in mind that indulging healthily is allowing yourself to have your holiday favorites-- just in a healthier way. By indulging healthily you will have more energy for all of the parties you are going to, your skin will thank you, and you will have more holiday cheer to share. After all, a healthy life starts and continues with making small, healthy decisions. So drink up but drink healthy this holiday season!

 

References:

http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/benefits-lowering-sugar-intake-4563.html

http://cookieandkate.com/2011/rosemary-gin-fizz/

http://abc7chicago.com/society/new-years-eve-traditions-around-the-world-said-

to-bring-you-good-luck/455570/

http://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a44640/pomegranate-moscow-mule-recipe/