Summer is the perfect time to fire up the grill and invite the neighbors over! Of course, you’ll need something to wash down all that healthy, grilled food.
Using simple ingredients, you can create some delicious concoctions that’ll make the entire party happy. The following recipes yield mixed drinks that are both tasty and healthy.
Cherry Blackberry Smash
Your typical cranberry cocktail contains more sugar than juice. Here’s a better way to incorporate the great taste of berries and the beneficial antioxidant power of fresh cherries in a drink.
Cucumber Ginger Lemonade
The combination of fresh lemons, ginger, and cucumbers is sure to quench your thirst while improving your digestion.
Healthy Cucumber Citrus Gimlet
If you’ve got a classy tippler on your hands, there’s nothing better than a gimlet. It’s a time-tested drink that’s packed full of healthy extras.
Healthy Green Tea Martini
Green tea’s benefits are nearly endless. In a mixed drink, it’s a light way to bring some antioxidants into your party.
Healthy Raspberry Mojito
The combination of mint and raspberries in this mojito makes it a great way to enjoy rum on a hot day while sneaking in important antioxidants.
Healthy Summer Sangria
Sangria is always a crowd-pleaser, and it’s a great way to add more health benefits to red wine.
Healthy Whiskey & Ginger
By itself, whiskey contains healthy antioxidants, but the sugary cola or ginger ale that it’s typically mixed with only adds unnecessary calories and makes you dehydrated. Substitute this fresh ginger mixture instead of cola or canned ginger ale for a healthier whiskey drink.
Not Your Mother’s Bloody Mary
Sometimes you want something spicy. No one can blame you for that. Here’s a healthy twist on the traditional brunch drink that will wow your guests.
These cocktails are best shared with family and friends while showing off some quality grilling skills.
As always, remember to drink responsibly and drink plenty of water, especially if the sun is out. After all, you don’t want to damage your beautiful beach body. Cheers and enjoy!
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