Nothing beats a holiday season filled with raising toasts and spending time sipping cocktails with family and friends. Unfortunately, it is also a time for consuming a significant amount of calories that can affect a whole year's struggle to remain in shape. It would help to be smart about what you are toasting for.
Cocktails have extra calories that many people often overlook. Cocktails, heavy seasonal dishes typical of holidays, and an abundance of cookie trays can easily ramp up the number of calories in your body.
However, there is no way you will miss out on the fun. There are healthy cocktail options that you can enjoy without worrying about calorie buildups. We'll suggest five recipes you can use for any occasion and still bring the original festive vibe.
Healthier Recipes for Holiday Drinks
Here are some easy-juicy-based healthy cocktails better than the usual spiked eggnog and champagne.
1. Pineapple, Mint, Berry
One large peeled pineapple
A cup of raspberries
A single pear
30 fresh mint leaves
Wash your ingredients well
Core and cut your pineapple into cubes of considerable sizes
Cut all the ingredients to fit in the chute of your juicer.
Juice the ingredients together
Add two ounces of vodka per serving
2. Ho-Ho Holiday Juice
1-2 cups of cherries
Core the apples
Juice the ingredients together to form a rich burgundy-red juice
Add vodka to taste
Shake the mixture and serve
Garnish with a mint leaf for a chilling taste
¼ inch of ginger
Wash your ingredients well
Juice mangoes, apple, and grapefruit together
Add grated sugar to the mixture.
Add two ounces of vodka or spiced rum
Pour over the ice and serve
4. The New Year's Eve Toasting Drink
Few pineapple rings or spears
A peeled lemon
Mix the pineapple and lemon and juice them.
Fill a glass half full with ice
Pour the mixture
Add a few ounces of champagne
Tip: You can do this for several people. Add more juice by using two pineapples and a few lemons. Stick it in the fridge and have the juice ready before the party starts.
5. The Day-After Hangover Helper
Handful of kale
A stalk of celery
A large pineapple
Two inches of cucumber
Salt and pepper
A dash of tabasco sauce
Two ounces of water or vodka when preparing the alcoholic version
Wash all your washable ingredients
Peel, core, and cut the pineapple into cubes.
Fill a glass halfway with ice
Juice the kale, celery, pineapple, and cucumber
Add tobacco, sale, and pepper to the mixture.
Add water or vodka
Pour over top ice and serve
Remember, you can make adjustments to protect your health as you wait for the party circuits during the holiday season. Generally, it would help if you held off cocktails until you've had the main course. It helps to slow down drinking, and you will stay within limits.
When hosting a cocktail party or dinner with others, you can be creative with the above recipes to cut down on sugar intake. Mixing cocktails with fruits and herbs is a simple way to liven your drink without ramping up the sugar intake. Also, it is a greater way to use up any leftover that you would toss eventually.
Have fun and raise a toast to healthier days ahead. Apart from cocktails, you can also take care of your body in other ways, and get the right products for your skin with natural ingredients to keep your holidays healthy.