Make way for healthier cocktails! This summer’s hottest trend in sipping is cocktails made with uber-healthy juices, trading sugary sweetness for nutrient dense deliciousness.
These super-juice drinks create a simultaneous detox/retox situation, off-setting the negative effects of alcohol with a cleansing infusion of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, making happy hour healthier.
Fruit and vegetable juices are naturally hydrating and have no added sugars, giving them a powerful advantage over traditional mixers. Who ever thought it was a good idea to make drinks so sweet you might actually get a sugar hangover.
There are lots of reasons to avoid liquid calories, overly sweet drinks skew your ability to discern sweetness and the glucose can actually spike your blood sugar, causing the release of insulin. Too much sugar, or foods that turn into sugar in your body lead to increased weight gain, specifically body fat.
Pairing fresh fruit, vegetable, herb and spice juices with alcohol is a great way to take a habit you already have, and make it healthier. The better you eat and drink, the better you feel and look. So say goodbye to that Rum and Coke and embrace a Greentini, to dial down sweetness and invite new exciting flavors into your bar.
The beauty of taking a greener, less toxic, approach to adult beverages is that you don’t need a juicer to make this trend yours. Every grocery store has a selection of healthy, fresh squeezed juices you can use as mixers.
I have provided the recipes if you want to squeeze your own, but the flavors in these drinks are easily found in most grocery stores or your local juice bar. You can even take it up and notch by adding extra ginger and turmeric shots to any recipe.
Eat, Drink and Be Healthy!