04 Feb The clever way to cocktail
I love making a healthy versions of my favourite cocktails, or even just creating and trying super sexy bespoke mixes, i’d love to let you in on some fabulous way to make your cocktails trendy, healthy-er and less prone to leave you with a horrid hangover.
Make your “mixer” medicinal.
High sugar fruit juices and sweetened mixer options work with the alcohol and gear you up for a dyer head and tummy upset. Lets try and be a bit smarter with our mixer options, and I’m not saying jump for soda water, because there are other, tastier options that you can go for:). (Although, I do end up opting for soda water when the bar doesn’t have any better go-to’s).
What to go for?
Coconut Water – Subtly sweet, highly hydrating and a great source of antioxidants! Harmless Harvest is delicious and pink due to the antioxidants!
Kombucha – Great for your gut bacteria, naturally fizzy
and very tasty! *Best straight mixer Synergy Kombucha
Green Juice – Lower sugar option than a straight fruit juice and the added benefits of calcium, vitamins and antioxidants from the veg – yippee.
Koa Water – Koa is a natural Olakino. Olakino is the healthiest parts squeezed from fruits & veggies. Olakino retains the natural goodness but skips the bad stuff. That means Koa can boast naturally occurring vitamins, minerals,
electrolytes, and anti-oxidants without any additives or calories. A guilt free detox? Some might call that magic, we just call it Koa
Cold Brew – The best mixer for a knock off espresso martini – and you can really jazz it up, click through here for our Superfood Cocktail recipes, get excited ;). Chameleon Cold Brew.
2) Spice it up with herbs
Although mixing straight with the options above are palatable and good slow-sippers if you want to pace yourself, there’s no reason why you can’t make your cocktail tantalisingly tasty…use these herbs, extracts and healthy-er sweetener options to go ll out!
Mint – Mint has such a distinctive taste, some say you either love it or you hate it, but I think that it goes great with vodka ;)…. It’s also a lovely tummy soother, so a good option to be adding if you’re drinking alcohol.
Ginger – Ginger makes a fabulous infusion quickly and adds a warming spicy sensation to your alcoholic bev – it also goes well with pretty much all of the mixers suggested above.If you know how, it would also make a great cheeky syrup made with Agave or honey.
Agave / Honey – Honey and Agave have higher percentages of fruit sugars which are better for us than sucrose which promotes a higher insulin secretion. Honey and Agave also contain some lovely herbal health benefits that standard cane sugar does not!
Cinnamon & Turmeric – Again, you know if you like it, but cinnamon is a great spice that can be combined with Turmeric for added remedial benefits. It’s warming, sweet and has a distinct flavour that goes great with cold brew *hint.
Lemon – Simply said
Sage, lavender & Rosemary – OMG tasty with gin or vodka – beautifully aromatic with calming nerve effects for a great friday unwind cocktail.
3) Making it creamy
If you’re wanting to make a creamy frozen Colada cocktail or alike then here are some great go to’s instead of sweetened coconut cream, ice cream or milk.
Coconut Milk – Rich in fibre and Vitamin C and magnesium, Coconut milk, full or low fat is a fabulous source of vitamins for vitality and immunity. Try and buy one with no added Guar Gum – the Natural Value Coconut Milk is a good option.
Almond Milk – Even better homemade or very pure and creamy, almond milk is the perfect tasty and nutritious dairy milk alternative. High in Calcium and Vitamin E for kind skin nurturing. I use Califia Farms Almond Milk if I don’t have any homemade.
Booja Booja / Vegan Ice Cream – YOU have never tasted anything as good and healthy as Booja Booja ice cream. I know junk food lovers who have converted to this raw/vegan ice cream with no looking back. Made with a base of cashew nut milk and sweetened with dates, they come in some beautiful flavours and make the perfect ice cream topper or creamy blending option. I am yet to find a great brand in the US other than when I buy from independent stores…