Spring break is just around the corner and visions of sipping cocktails in the sun may already be playing in your mind. We have some thirst-quenching alcoholic treats to share that are lower in calories than the traditional varieties and spiked with a little antioxidant love. Sick of studying? Our cocktails are so simple that you can prepare them without using notes! And don’t worry, we have something here to please everyone’s alcohol palates.
Stormy Spring Beer
This is an offshoot of your traditional “dark & stormy” and here at Nutritious Life, we forecast this will be the only storm cloud rolling in this spring break, so soak up some rays while you sip! Pour 5 oz pale lager, 5 oz ginger beer, and top off with a splash of ginger ale. Benefits? Beer has heart-attack fighting powers along with flavonoids that act as antioxidants. Not only do we love the zingy flavor, but ginger is also an impressive anti-inflammatory and a winner for treating car sickness, nausea and, let’s be honest, easing the pain of the occasional hangover.
Ty-Ku Iced Green Tea
Your spring break may be due for some Asian-infusion! Brew a pitcher of unsweetened green tea and pop it in the fridge to chill overnight. When it’s time for happy hour, fill a pint glass halfway with ice. Over the ice, pour 1 oz Ty-Ku Premium Liqueur and fill to the rim with your green tea. Garnish with a twist of lemon. Benefts? Ty-Ku is low sugar, low in calories and infused with superfruits like honeydew, mangosteen and goji berry. Although there may not be enough melon and goji berries to reap loads of antioxidant benefits, it certainly does make this sulfite-free liquer taste great. And, let’s not neglect green tea’s catechins that may help our bodies burn calories! A perfect cocktail for bathing-suit season. Can you say spring break superstar??
Strawberry-Watermelon Mint Mojito
Fruit Lovers, we did not forget about you. This drink requires minimal muddling. Layer the bottom of a pint glass with fresh mint leaves and cover to the half-way point with crushed ice. Take a spoon and crush the mint and ice together to release the flavor. Add ¼ cup sliced strawberries, ¼ cup cubed watermelon and mix in with ice. Pour 1 oz light rum over the fruity slush and top off the glass with club soda. Garnish with a bright, red strawberry. The benefits? Malic acid in the strawberries may help remove teeth discoloration – a fabulous perk when you have a tan – and you are still getting vitamin C and fiber even if your teeth don’t glow after imbibing! Bonus? The strong, refreshing aroma of mint can help ease nausea and headaches and promote smooth digestion.
Beyond Better Mango Pina Colada
This post would be missing something if we didn’t include this spring break staple. We have great news for you. You don’t need high-cal coconut to make a tasty Pina Colada! In a pint glass, toss in ½ cup soft, cubed pineapple chunks and fill the glass halfway with crushed ice. Pour 1 oz light rum and fill the remainder of the glass with Zico pure premium coconut water in their mango variety. Garnish with a pineapple wedge. The benefits? Zico coconut water has more potassium than a whole banana, supports rapid hydration and contains zero grams of fat or added sugar. Pineapple is also the only known source of bromelain, an enzyme whose anti-inflammatory properties may ease joint pain.
Spiced Sangria Soda
We thought it would be nice to spice up sangria! Start with 5 oz red wine, such as cabernet, as a base. Add ¼ cup sliced green apples and ¼ cup sliced peaches. Top with club soda for a refreshing pop of bubbles. Benefits? Red wine is known for the antioxidant resveratrol, but it can also help raise HDL (good) cholesterol. The fruits provide a variety of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C and potassium. For a unique twist, add a dash of ground cinnamon, which is known to ease frustration, curb fatigue and increase alterness. If you’re feeling even more adventurous, add a dash of ground cloves which can contribute another healthy dose of antioxidant power to this cocktail.