Virgin Active Wellness Wednesday: Healthy(er) Cocktails

August 8, 2012   /   bynatalie  / Categories :  Uncategorized

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I am quite the fan of the old tipple. Wine, beer, tequila, gin… champagne, vodka, whiskey, cocktails… I’m pretty much fond of all alcoholic beverages. Obviously, this is not great for my health and fitness goals. Especially when it comes to cocktails. Those tall glasses of colourful sugary goodness…

But, I am a firm believer of “everything in moderation”. So while I will never say no to a drink, I am not opposed to making those drinks as healthy as possible.

I found this great website with lots of tips for healthier drinking and 60! great healthy(er) cocktail recipes. I thought I’d share a with you guys today as even though it’s Wednesday, it definitely feels like Friday.

Tips for healhty(er) drinking

1. Use fresh lime juice in stead of lime cordial. It doesn’t have the added sugars and you don’t
   need to use nearly as much
2. Opt for sparkling water instead of tonic-this also cuts out unwanted sugars.
3. Use honey in stead of sugar in your cocktails. Honey is a healthier sugar and has the added benefit of
   anti-oxidants.
4. Use fresh fruit instead of fruit syrups. They contain much less unhealthy sugars and have added
   fiber and vitamins.
5. Stick to single shots in stead of doubles. Obviously, this halves your alcohol intake, but also your
    calories intake.
6. Drink dry wines and when ordering white, top it up with sparkling water to make a thirst quenching
   spritzer.

10 Recipes for healthy(er) cocktails

1. Classic Lime Mojito

In a tall glass, muddle a small handful of fresh mint leaves, half a fresh lime, cut into quarters, and 1 tablespoon of honey. Add some ice and mix until the ice has melted a tiny bit. Ad one shot of light rum and top up with sparkling water. Garnish with fresh lime, a few mint leaves and a couple of straws.

2. Fruity Mojito

Start with the same base as your Lime Mojito and add a quarter of a cup of any fruit you like. Try fresh passion fruit or watermelon. Muddle together and top up with sparkling water.

3. Bloody Mary

Fill a tall glass with ice cubes and top it up with low-sodium, no sugar added tomato juice and add the juice of half a fresh lemon. Stir in one shot of vodka and season with a dash of Tabasco, a pinch of salt and a grind of black pepper. Garnish with a celery stick.

4. Mint Julep

In a short glass, muddle together a small handful of fresh mint leaves, and half a table spoon of honey. Add one shot of Bourbon, and top up with sparkling water and ice.

5. Tequila Sunrise

In a tall glass with ice, combine 1 shot of tequila with half a cup of fresh-squeezed orange juice. Top it up with a splash of cranberry juice (100% fruit juice with no added sugar) and garnish with an orange slice and cocktail unbrella.

6. Vodka Sunset

In a short glass, muddle a quarter cup of blueberries in the bottom of a glass. Add some ice and 1 shot of freshly-squeezed lemon juice, 1 shot freshly-squeezed lime juice, half a table spoon of honey, 1 shot of vodka, and top up with a splash of dry white wine and a splash of sparkling water.

7. The Jack Sparrow


In a tall glass with ice, combine 1 shot of rum with a splash of fresh coconut water (you can use reduced-fat tinned coconut milk if you can’t find fresh coconuts) and the juice of 1 lime. Top up the glass with ginger ale. Garnish with a slice of lime and a cocktail umbrella.

8. Not Your Grandma’s Iced Tea

In a tea pot, combine a small handful of fresh mint leaves, 2 teaspoons of honey, 2 rooibos teabags, and 2 cups of boiling water. Let the teabags steep for 3 minutes then, place in fridge or freezer until chilled. Remove tea bags and mint, and pour into a glass with ice. Add 1 shot of vodka and garnish with a lemon wedge and fresh mint leaves.

9. Grapefruit Margarita


In a short glass, combine 1 shot of tequila, the juice of half a lime and 1 grapefruit with 1 shot of orange liqueur. Pour over ice and garnish with fresh orange slices.

10. Light White Russian


In a short glass, combine 2 shots of strong plunger coffee (or espresso!) chilled and about a cup of low fat milk. Add 1 shot of vodka and pour over ice.

Here are a few pictures of some cocktails I found online to get you in the mood for the long weekend.



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