Skinny Summer Cocktails



Who doesn't enjoy an ice cold cocktail on a hot summer's day? I have whipped up 3 healthier cocktails that you can enjoy. These cocktails can be enjoyed with or without booze, honestly it is up to you.

I basically tried to cut out all refined sugars from the cocktails, therefore, I replaced white sugar with honey and lemonade with sparkling water. These cocktails taste amazing, you would never know that they have been healthified.


The first cocktail is an orange and mint cocktail. I like to call this one Orange Delight, because it is just a delight to drink. We all know that oranges are packed with Vitamin C, so we can get our daily dose of vitamins while sipping on an Orange Delight.

Orange Delight

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 0 minutes

Serves: 1

Ingredients

1 Orange

½ T/ 7.5ml honey

½ cup cup/ 125ml ice

¾ cup/180ml sparkling water

1 shot of vodka

5-10 mint leaves

Methods

  • Cut orange in half and squeeze out the juice.

  • Pour the orange juice into a serving glass and add honey. Using a spoon, stir until the honey has dissolved.

  • Tear in some mint leave and place into the glass.

  • Fill the glass with some ice.

  • Pour the vodka over the ice and fill the glass with sparkling water.

  • Stir, taste and add in more honey if desired.

  • Garnish the cocktail with a few slices of an orange and mint leaves.


The next cocktail is a mixed berry and lemon cocktail. I like to call this one Red Summer because once you add mixed berries into a drink, cake or ice cream it turns it into a deep-red wine colour. That reminds me of a beautiful summer sunset. Berries are at their peak in flavour as well as nutrition in summer. Berries are a good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Manganese.

Red Summer

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 0 minutes

Serves: 1

Ingredients

1 cup/250ml fresh mixed berries

¼ cup/ 60ml still water

1T/ 15ml honey

1 lemon

½ cup/ 125ml ice

1 shot of rum

¾ cup/ 180 ml sparkling water

Method

  • In high speed blender add in berries, still water and honey. Blend until smooth and all the ingredients are combined.

  • Using a tea strainer, strain the berry mixture to remove any pulp. What you want is the berry juice.

  • Add the juice into a serving glass. Using a greater, grate 1t/5ml of lemon zest. Add the zest to the berry juice.

  • Cut lemon and squeeze out ½ T/ 7.5ml lemon juice. Add the lemon juice to the berry juice.

  • Using a spoon stir the lemon juice and zest to combine with the berry juice.

  • Add ice to the glass, pour rum over the ice and fill the glass with sparkling water.

  • To garnish add in any frozen berries you have on hand and top with some mint leaves.


Last but not least, there is an apple and pineapple cocktail. I like to call this one Tropical Paradise because pineapples are a tropical fruit that add sweetness and tartness to any dish or beverage. Plus this cocktail tastes like a tropical island in a glass. Pineapples are an excellent source of vitamin C, Vitamin B1 and vitamin B6.

Tropical Paradise

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 0 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients

1 pineapple

3 cups/ 750ml warm water

1T/ 15ml honey

2 apples

3 shots whisky

Method

  • Using a knife remove the skin of the pineapple. Place the skins into a jug, pour warm water, add in honey, stir until honey has dissolved and leave to soak overnight.

  • Using a juicer juice the flash of the pineapple and the apples or alternatively you can blend the pineapple and the apples and strain to remove the pulp of the fruit and what you will be left with is the juice of the fruit.

  • To assemble the cocktail in a jug pour your pineapple water that you have soaked overnight. Add in fruit juice and whisky, stir until combined.

  • To garnish add in chopped apples and a handful of mint leaves.

Tips…

  1. Once the pineapple water has cooled to room temperature place the jug in the refrigerator overnight. This ensures that you have a nice cold cocktail the next day.

  2. Juice or blend the pineapple and apples once you are ready to assemble the cocktail. This ensures that you do not lose any nutrients and flavours of the fruit.

  3. To prevent the ice from watering down the rest of the cocktail, it is best to add ice to the serving glasses rather than to the jug with the cocktail.

Ps: All weight loss starts in the kitchen...

Yena 🖤


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