4 Quick & Healthy Holiday Cocktail Recipes

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‘Tis the season for holiday cheers, fusion fruit blends and culinary cocktails. It’s also the season for unexpected visitors, impromptu gatherings and happier hours.

When we think of the holidays, many of us dread those unwanted pounds from sinful and sugary sabotage. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. You can (and should) make healthy choices a lifestyle, not a trend you adopt in preparation for swimsuit season. So, get into the holiday spirit with a few natural adult beverage recipes that will put you on Santa’s nice list this year.

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Organic and Sparkling

Meet your new mixer, Sipp Sparkling Organics. This sparkling line of layered fruits and herbs is USDA certified organic, all natural, lightly sweetened and contains no artificial ingredients. You can enjoy these bubbly beverages chilled with a meal, mixed into a mocktail, or crafted into a fresh and clean cocktail. Find a Sipp store location near you.

Sipp Sparkling White Cranberry Sangria

Ingredients

1/4 cup sugar
1 cup white rum
1 cup diced red apple
1 cup diced green apple
1 cup cranberries (fresh or frozen)
1 bottle chilled chardonnay
1 cup chilled white cranberry juice
2 cups Sipp Lemon Flower

Directions

In a large pitcher, combine sugar and rum. Stir to dissolve. Add apples, cranberries, chardonnay and white cranberry juice. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight. When ready to serve, add Sipp and stir. Pour into ice-filled glasses and scoop in some of the fruit. Serves 6 to 8.

Lemon Flower Martini

Ingredients

2 ounces lemon vodka
3 ounces Sipp Lemon Flower
Splash of lemon juice

Directions

Add all ingredients to a chilled martini glass.

Fixin’s for Mix-ins

Don’t forget, when you’re looking for juice to add to any cocktail recipe, don’t resort to concoctions containing artificial sweeteners, high-fructose syrup, artificial flavors or artificial colors. One good option is a brand of nonalcoholic cocktail mixers, rimmer garnishes and bar ingredients called Stirrings. Stirrings uses real juice that contains no preservatives. The vibrant colors of the mixers are derived from fruits and vegetables.

Under the Mistletoe

Ingredients

1 ounce Stirrings Simple Lemon Drop Martini
1 ounce Stirrings Simple Cosmopolitan
1/2 ounce coconut rum
1/2 ounce dark rum
1.5 ounce fresh lime juice
Stirrings Lemon Drop Martini Rimmer

Directions

Rim the glass with lemon juice and dip into the Lemon Drop Martini Rimmer.

Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice.

Shake well! Strain into rimmed glass.

Garnish with cranberries and a lime wedge (optional).

Sip & Get Skinny

If the above recipes don’t tempt your palate, perhaps the zero-calorie Skinnies Cocktail Mixers will! These cool little packs are 100 percent sugar-free and 100 percent natural. Skinnies is sweetened with a pinch of stevia leaf extract and erythritol from melons. Plus, it’s made with plant-based ingredients and contain zero preservatives. How do they do it? They use dehydrated fruits and plants. With everything from a New York Cosmo to a Baja Margarita to a London Gimlet to a Maui Mai Tai, Skinnies has you covered on the cocktail front.

Skinnies Margarita on the Rocks

They even recommend Silver Patron tequila for the above recipe. I can’t argue with that since Patron reduces, reuses and recycles as part of their environmental stewardship.

I hope you enjoy these above recipes and that they bring a little extra shake to your holiday merriment. Cheers to good health!

 

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Lisa Beres is a healthy home expert, Baubiologist, published author, professional speaker and Telly award-winning media personality who teaches busy people how to eliminate toxins from their home with simple, step-by-step solutions to improve their health. With her husband, Ron, she is the co-founder of The Healthy Home Dream Team and the 30-day online program Change Your Home. Change Your Health. She is the author of the children’s book My Body My House and co-author of Just Green It!: Simple Swaps to Save Your Health and the Planet, Learn to Create a Healthy Home! Green Nest Creating Healthy Homes and The 9 to 5 Greened: 10 Steps to a Healthy Office. Lisa’s TV appearances include "The Rachael Ray Show," "Nightly News with Brian Williams," "TODAY," "The Doctors," "Fox & Friends," "Chelsea Lately" and "The Suzanne Somers Show."
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