Most of us enjoy a tasty cocktail every once in a while. It’s a great way to unwind at the end of the day, but needless to say, alcohol comes with a few deleterious effects. Aside from the obvious, most cocktails are a huge source of empty calories.
Luckily, clever people have found a way for us to have our proverbial cake and eat it too. Clean cocktails keep the enjoyable elements of classic drinks while cutting back on the unhealthy bits.
Are they as deliciously satisfying as the genuine article? There’s only one way to find out!
The classic mojito is one of the most popular summer drinks around. It’s a perfect blend of five simple ingredients: mint leaves, sugar, club soda, limes, and rum. It’s not hard to figure out where most of the calories for this recipe come from--the sugar and the rum.
In order to cut back on the calories, we’re going to have to remove one of them from the equation. It can’t be the rum, so that leaves the sugar! In order to keep the sweet flavor that the mojito is known for we’ll be swapping in diet lemon-lime soda (such as Sprite Zero, Diet Sierra Mist, or Diet 7-Up). Since soda is carbonated, you can ditch the club soda as well.
Muddle four fresh mint leaves with an ounce of rum before filling the rest of your collins glass with ice and your soda of choice. Squeeze a wedge of lime into the drink and stir well. You can use the leftover lime for garnish.
It may not taste exactly like a classic mojito, but it’s pretty darn close.
Vitality Vodka LemonadeThanks to Juice Press, juice cleanses, and about a million fad diets, juice is on the rise. The blending of veggies and fruits allows health-conscious dieters to drink their wholesome veggies all in one go.
If you want a colorful drink for your next party, it’s a cinch to turn a healthy juice blend into a crafty cocktail. You’ll need a blender for this one. A cucumber, two celery stalks and a head of romaine lettuce make up the bulk of this drink, though you’ll also be adding two whole apples and a small chunk of raw ginger for a little extra flavor.
Before you blend, add a reasonable amount of vodka. We recommend about 1.5 ounces, but it’s entirely up to you. Just remember, the more vodka, the more calories. Blend thoroughly and pour into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lime wheel and enjoy!
SkimletThe Skimlet is a cocktail that was invented specifically for the purpose of being healthy. It has two ingredients in it that you might be unfamiliar with: Voi-Lyte and Tarragon.
Voli-Lyte is a well-crafted, smooth vodka that also happens to be very low on calories. If you can’t get your hands on Voli-Lyte, go for Grey Goose.
Tarragon is a perennial herb that aids with digestion and also happens to add a little kick to your cocktail. Muddle your tarragon with an ounce of voli-lyte before adding an ounce each of pineapple juice and lime juice.
Mix your ingredients with ice in a shaker and shake vigorously before straining into a coup glass. Some drinkers may find the skimlet a little too lime-y. Feel free to adjust the recipe by reducing the lime, or adding a squirt of agave nectar before shaking.
Agave nectar is a healthy source of sweetness that works wonderfully as a sugar substitute. With a little experimentation, you’ll have a skimlet that’s as healthy as it is delicious.
No drink evokes lazy afternoons on sunny beaches more than the margarita. There’s just one problem--this wonderful cocktail is packed with calories! The skinny margarita was one of the first healthy cocktail adaptations and its popularity has remained strong for decades.
A traditional margarita recipe includes simple syrup and cointreau, which both consist mostly of sugar. The skinny margarita substitutes both of these ingredients with plain old orange juice. The amount of pulp is entirely up to you.
First, prepare your margarita glass by salting the rim. This can be done by simply rubbing a lime wedge along the rim of the glass so the salt can more easily adhere to your drinkware. If you’re watching your sodium intake, you can skip this step. Add a few ice cubes to your glass and stash it in the freezer until you need it.
Mix 1.5 ounces of tequila with 1.5 tablespoons of fresh lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Add a splash of orange juice and a few drops of agave nectar. Shake for a minimum of 30 seconds before straining your skinny margarita into your chilled glass.
This one just might be tastier than the original.