Updated: Nov 19, 2021
Keep health in mind and the holiday spirit alive with these health conscious cocktail recipes crafted with clean ingredients and optional alcohol additions!
There's absolutely nothing wrong with enjoying a cocktail when it's really what you're craving, but it's important to explore what you really want before imbibing.
But, before you add the alcohol to your drink, take a sip and taste it just the way it is while taking account of how you're feeling, and then decide if you want to add a bit booze to your drink, while being conscious of what your body is really craving.
If you find yourself craving a moment to relax and unwind more than the cocktail itself, try enjoying a quiet moment while taking a few deep breaths between sips of your beverage while reflecting on positive points of your day, or simply letting your thoughts flow without judgement.
You may discover that it's more the ritual of relaxing with your favorite beverage that brings you peace more than the alcoholic elements that you may be attributing the results to!
Sometimes though, you already know it's time to party! In which case, the benefits in these beverages will help you find that healthy balance.
It's all about conscious consumption. Just be mindful of how alcohol makes you feel and do more of what makes you feel good!
Cape Cod Holiday Spritzer
8 oz sparkling mineral water
5-10 frozen cranberries
2 drops lime essential oil (or extra fresh squeezed lime wheels)
garnish fresh rosemary sprig + lime wedges
Pour sparkling mineral water into a copper mule mug or mason jar over ice. Add frozen cranberries and lime essential oil to the glass and gently stir to combine.
Garnish with a fresh lime wheel and fresh rosemary sprig and enjoy immediately.
Optional: Add a splash of vodka to spike this spritzer!
LIMES contain Vitamin C and flavonoids, which have been shown to help support collagen production and boost the immune system.
Sweater Weather Warmer
6 oz hot spring water
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp+ raw local honey (to taste)
2-3 fresh ginger slices
garnish fresh lemon wedge
Optional: Add whiskey to make this warmer more of a traditional toddy.
RAW HONEY has shown to have natural antibacterial and antifungal properties.
The Bog Dog
6 oz pure cranberry juice
1 tsp fresh ginger juice
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp+ raw local honey, melted (to taste)
garnish fresh lemon wedge + frozen cranberries
Combine the cranberry juice, ginger juice, lemon juice and raw local honey in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously, taste and add additional honey, if needed, and shake again, before pouring into a rocks glass with the shaken ice.
Garnish with a fresh lemon wedge and a few frozen cranberries.
Optional: Add whiskey to create a fun fall cocktail!
CRANBERRIES are an excellent source of antioxidants which help to prevent damage to cells caused by free radicals.
Cranberry Apple Citrus Spritzer
4 oz pure apple cider
4 oz sparkling mineral water
5-10 frozen cranberries
2 drops orange essential oil (or extra fresh orange wedges)
garnish fresh orange wedge
Pour the apple cider and sparkling mineral water into a glass over ice. Add frozen cranberries and orange essential oil to the glass and gently stir to combine.
Garnish with a fresh orange wedge and enjoy immediately.
Optional: Replace mineral water with cava for a sparkling sangria!
APPLE JUICE contains beneficial plant compounds like polyphenols that have been shown to help reduce inflammation and prevent certain disease.
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