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For many people, the start of a new year is an opportunity to achieve new goals or change certain aspects of their life — often revolving around health and fitness. If you’re partial to a cocktail or two (or three) but don’t want to jeopardize your diet, here are a few deliciously guilt-free recipes.
Whether you want to add to your recipe repertoire or have an upcoming cocktail making party and want to impress your guests, there’re plenty of options that allow you to do so while adopting a healthier lifestyle. As great as it would be to frequent some of the best cocktail lounges out there, sometimes you need to be able to make your own cocktails at home.
Luckily for you, this post will list a few delightful recipes to make sure you can still enjoy a cocktail while achieving your health and fitness goals.
1. The Bandaq
One serving (160 calories)
- 50ml Havana Club
- ½ fresh banana
- 20ml agave syrup
- 25ml lime juice
- Banana slice to serve
Muddle a ripe banana in a cocktail shaker with agave. Shake hard with rum and lime juice then carefully strain into a Martini glass, making sure not to let any banana chunks through. Serve with a single slice of banana on the rim.
Health Benefit: Good for Your Heart
Everyone knows bananas are loaded with potassium, but did you know that your body needs it to ensure your heart and blood are pumping properly?
One serving (140 calories)
- 25ml Beefeater Gin
- 25ml Extra Dry Martini
- 25ml agave syrup
- 100ml Green Tea Concentrate
- Lemon wedge to serve
To make the green tea concentrate, you need to cold brew two green tea bags in a litre of water for an hour. Then to make the cocktail, put all of your ingredients in a glass mug with ice and stir. Serve with a lemon wedge.
Health Benefit: Good for Your Metabolism
Green tea is well known for being a fat-burner. A delicious cocktail that increases your metabolism? Count me in!
3. Fresh Start
One serving (150 calories)
- 25ml Ketel One Vodka
- 50ml passion fruit puree
- 10ml lime juice
- 15ml agave nectar
- ½ a passion fruit
Fill a tall glass with ice cubes. Shake the ingredients together in a cocktail shaker, pour over ice. Serve with half a passion fruit on top.
Health Benefit: Good for Your Skin
Passionfruit is a good source of vitamins C and A. Therefore; this delightful cocktail can help your skin to stay strong and hydrated.
4. Berry Acai Sour
One serving (190 calories)
- 50ml Absolut Vodka
- 25ml agave syrup
- 10ml lime juice
- Four pieces pineapple
- Blueberries and pineapple leaf to serve
In a highball glass, muddle the pineapple and agave. Shake the vodka in a cocktail shaker with ice then strain into a highball glass. Serve with a pineapple leaf and blueberries.
Health Benefit: Good for Digestion and Immune System
Pineapple is packed with vitamin C and bromelain, meaning this tasty cocktail might just be the perfect antidote for a sluggish winter day.
5. Acai and Wild Tea Martini
1 Serving (200 calories)
- 30ml Absolut Wild Tea
- 15ml Drambuie
- 10ml lemon juice
- 20ml acai berry juice
- 10ml sugar syrup
- 10ml blueberry shrub
- Two dashes Angostura bitters
Put all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake. Add ice cubes and continue to shake vigorously. Double strain your cocktail into a chilled martini glass, then serve. Quick, easy and delicious.
Health Benefit: Anti Oxidant
Berries have a good nutritional profile as they’re a good source of vitamin C and antioxidant qualities.
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