Summer is the season for spending time with the people we hold dear. From backyard barbecues and camping (and glamping!) trips to hanging out on the back patio with our best friends, there’s plenty of fun in the sun. With all the outdoor events on your social calendar, you’ll want a go-to summer cocktail or two that you can whip up at a moment’s notice. However, you don’t have to fill your cocktails with sugar and additives. Instead, you can keep your summer cocktails healthy by mixing and muddling your favorite drinks with superfood ingredients. Read on to find your new favorite superfood cocktail that you’ll be sipping on all summer.
Mix Things Up with an Herbal Tonic
If you’re looking for a cocktail that will add a dose of superfood goodness to your summer happy hour, you’ll want to try making a cocktail with an herbal tonic. An herbal tonic is a wellness beverage made with muddled herbs, other natural juices, and water (still or sparkling). There are several different types of herbal remedies that you can mix with your alcohol of choice, depending on the area of wellness you’re trying to focus on and your taste preferences.
For instance, if you were looking for a cocktail after a long summer hike that would help relax your muscles, you might want to mix a serving of your favorite mezcal with a sparkling turmeric herbal tonic and some pineapple juice to make a spicy superfood margarita. Or, if you were looking for a cocktail that could support your immune system, you could opt for a floral gin and berry hibiscus herbal tonic mixed drink. Since herbal tonics come in various flavors, they’re easy to integrate directly with your favorite alcohol for a quick drink that’s kind to your body.
Craft a Reduced Sugar Vodka Lemonade
If there’s one downside to citrusy summer cocktails (aside from the hangover you might get if you have one or two many of them), it’s the amount of sugar in them. Think about an easy-to-make vodka lemonade cocktail: while it might seem like a simple drink, a single cup of store-bought lemonade can be packed with sugar you don’t need. So instead of relying on store-bought options with extra sugars and other additives, make your lemonade home and use raw honey as the sweetener. Honey has a far lower sugar content and antibacterial properties that can aid your immune system, so you can stay free of illness throughout your packed summer socializing schedule.
To make the perfect raw honey lemonade cocktail, you’ll need the following:
- 4 Lemons, juiced
- 3 cups of cold water
- ⅓ cup of raw honey
- ¼ cup of vodka of your choosing
Juice your lemons and mix with your cold water. Once combined, you’ll want to add the raw honey and stir together until dissolved. Taste to ensure you’ve reached a perfect blend of lemon and honey. Then, add it to your vodka and mix it. Pour over ice or into a chilled glass and enjoy.
Get Your Fill of Antioxidants With a Frozen Raspberry Mojito
This spin on the traditional mojito gets a dose of superfood goodness thanks to the addition of muddled raspberries, which are packed with antioxidants that help to support your immune system. Raspberries also include a good amount of fiber, adding even more health benefits to this drink. It’s the perfect cocktail for sipping with your besties on a tropical pool day.
To make a delicious batch of frozen raspberry mojitos, you’ll need the following:
- 2 cups of raspberries (frozen or fresh, depending on your preference)
- 4 ounces of white rum
- 2 ounces of water
- 6 cups of ice
- ½ cup fresh mint
Muddle the berries and mint together before combining them with the water and rum. Next, add the mixture to a blender with your ice until you reach a smooth consistency. While the berries should provide natural sweetness, if you need more sweetener to add to your drink, you can include a few teaspoons of honey or stevia.
When making cocktails to enjoy this summer season, you don’t have to opt for store-bought mixers filled with added sugar and preservatives. Instead, refresh your summer cocktail repertoire with one of the superfood cocktails mentioned above. By incorporating superfoods like ginger, turmeric, honey, and raspberries into your summer cocktail recipes, you’ll be able to give your body an added dose of healthy ingredients while you indulge. So, what superfood cocktails are you excited to try this summer?