- June 1, 2017
- Posted by: Dr. Elise Cohen Ho
- Category: House & Home
Can the words “healthy” and “cocktail” really go together?
Well, I cannot say that a cocktail is a health drink but we can certainly make efforts to clean it up a bit and get it healthier.
One of the things we definitely want to do as we look toward delicious Summer cocktails is avoid drinks with copious amounts of sugar and fat.
Among the top classic summer drinks are the Pina Colada, all Margarita flavors and the always popular Daiquiri. The problem is that a 12 ounce Pina Colada can cost you as many as 660 calories with about half of those calories coming from sugar. The Margarita is a slightly better choice with 540 calories but still does you no favors. Of course, you could choose a Daiquiri but you are looking at somewhere around 600 sugary calories. Incidentally, you are also looking at a bad hangover as all that sugar absolutely exacerbates hangover effects.
Good rules of thumb are to avoid drinks with cream, simple syrup or other added sugar. Basically, if you lean towards clean cocktails you will be much better off.
So what can we have?
Not to fear, I have you covered.
Strawberry Peach Spritzers sounds like a perfect brunch cocktail to me. What The Fork Food Blog holds on to the Summer with this cocktail.
This Tropical Moscato Sangria has bunches of fruits in the form of kiwi, dragon fruit and blackberries and it has zero added sugar. If you like something with some bubbles then you wil likely really like this offering from Living Sweet Moments.
Fancy Shanty introduced me to some new mixers with her Summer Buffalo Cocktail Recipe. Now, I went to university in Buffalo so I felt as if I must try this one. I am not for sugary drinks (we know that already) so I substituted 100% cranberry juice from K.W. Knudsen.
Peach and Blueberry Wine Slushies is another treat with Moscato. Moscato is a sweet wine so you definitely can skip the sugar in this recipe from Cooking With Carlee.
So what is your favorite cocktail for the summer or for any other time of year? Please share in the comments.
Edit: Today I had the absolute pleasure of attending The Whole Purpose Event with a Purpose and I had my new favorite super easy cocktail.(Full review on the event coming soon.)
Karma Organic Tequila mixed with Solti Cold Pressed Organic Gingermade Juice. One serving is 100 calories and 1 ounce of tequila is 64 calories. I estimate it was about 1/3 of the Gingermade juice.