Spring is in the air, and that means happy hour season is upon us! But while a night with friends is always fun, those calorie-packed libations sure aren’t. The solution? A healthy (and tasty!) cocktail!
Read on for guilt-free sips that won’t mess with your routine.
There’s nothing better than some fresh mint and citrus, and with this lovely little libation, you can have both! Delicious with either tequila or vodka, this yummy drink is is zesty and packed full of flavor.
Recipe Via Health.com
Squeeze 1/2 lemon. Pour half a shot glass of Cointreau, 1/4 shot glass of
either tequila or vodka. Top it off with club soda. Use a mint leaf for garnishing.
For a fresh and healthy twist on an old classic, try this festive and fruity sangria. This Spanish go-to will have you begging for “mas!” before you know it. The best part? With minimal prep time and endless flavor profiles, you’ll never get sick of the taste.
Fruity White Sangria
Recipe via Health.com
A 12-oz. Can mango juice
12-oz. Can pineapple juice
1 Liter Bottle of seltzer
1 Bottle white wine
Fruit of choice (pineapple, orange, etc.)
Slice up the fruit. Pour all the ingredients into a serving pitcher
and add ice. Stir and refrigerate so the flavors blend. Makes 10
Nothing says springtime like a poolside Piña Colada. That is, until you realize that some creamy iterations come complete with up to 600 calories (yikes!). But don’t lose hope just yet! With a few healthy switch-ups, you can you can enjoy a Piña Colada that keeps the sugar low and the relaxation high!
Pina Colada Cooler
Recipe Via Fitnessmagazine.com
1 1/2 Ounces coconut-flavored rum
3 Ounces pineapple juice
4 Ounces sparkling water
1 Tablespoon of Coco Lopez Cream of Coconut Lite (found in the drink mixers section of many supermarkets)
Pour ingredients over ice and stir.
Those sugary Cosmos made famous by Sex and the City are a thing of the past! Today’s modern girl is after something savory, healthy, and light – which brings us to this sexy sipper. Serve this Blueberry Lemon Breeze in a martini glass to satisfy your Cosmo craving without the sugary hangover.
Blueberry Lemon Breeze
Recipe via Fitnessmagazine.com
3/4 Ounce light agave nectar
1 1/2 Ounces gin
3/4 Ounce lemon juice
Splash of champagne (about 1 ounce)
In a shaker, muddle together blueberries and agave. Add the gin and lemon juice, then shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Strain contents of shaker into a martini glass and then top with champagne. Garnish with 3 blueberries on a cocktail stick.
Did you know that Kiwifruit is an excellent source of vitamin C, K, E, and dietary fiber? With this delightfully light (and super-refreshing!) Kiwi Sparkler, you can get your vitamins and refresh your palate!
Recipe via Chowhound.com
1 Ounce peach liqueur
1/4 Ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
1 Medium kiwi, peeled and cut into large chunks
1 1/2 Ounces vodka
1 1/2 Ounces dry sparkling wine, such as Prosecco
Gently crush the kiwis to release their juice, add the rest of the ingredients, strain into a glass, and top with sparkling wine.
What are your favorite guilt-free gimlets, light libations, and healthy happy hour sips? We’d love to hear from you!