Drink to Your Health: 4 Simple Holiday Mocktails
Oh, heavens! Where did the year go?! As we get into the seasonal groove, keep in mind that all those tasty-but-not-great-for-health cocktails can undermine your gut health and immunity just when you need them most!
Side-stepping alcohol and all that extra sugar can be quite a challenge. How can you feel festive this season while also keeping your health on track? Think – and drink – mocktails instead and fortify your body throughout the weeks ahead, without alcohol. Here are a few of my healthy holiday go-to’s:
- Bitter Bubbles:
This is one of my favorite, super simple mocktails. Add seltzer or sparkling water to bitters (to taste), plus lemon or lime slices and a sprig of fresh mint for a drink that doubles as a wonderfully refreshing digestive aid.
- Cran-tastic Cocktail:
Combine seltzer, sparkling or spring water with a colorful, 1 oz. splash of unsweetened cranberry juice plus a dash of honey and a few berries to garnish. You’ll get a little anti-inflammatory boost plus a bit of immune-supporting vitamin C.
- Spa-tini Sparkler:
Think spa water, with a twist! Add lemon juice, lime juice, and crushed mint into a tall glass and lightly muddle to release the flavors. Add sparkling water and cucumber or apple slices to garnish, and voila, a light, refreshing headache-free cocktail!
- Kombucha Kocktail:
Combine 2 parts kombucha to one part sparkling water, and if needed, a touch of honey to give your gut bacteria a healthy boost of cultures. Garnish with strawberries, mint or blueberries — or all three!
During this season, when it’s time to raise a glass, have a refreshing mocktail and drink to your health!