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6 healthier holiday cocktails

Ways to eat, drink and be merry without all the added sugar, fat and calories

by Madeleine Kelly

The holidays are in full swing, and with that typically comes a few extra glasses of your drink of choice. If you’re looking to keep calories from alcohol to a minimum, here are some ideas for festive cocktails that get the job done without all the sugar and fat. Cutting the sugar may also help minimize the hangover, meaning that any riding you do throughout the holidays will be less impacted.

Golden Milk Latte

Golden Milk is a warm beverage that is infused with turmeric, which is an anti-inflammatory spice that contributes to healthy digestion. You can easily make this vegan beverage in large quantities and reheat the extra later on. If you’re looking for a little more protein or prefer dairy to almond milk, you can easily substitute in cows milk. Add some rum to this drink and you’ve got a good substitute for egg nog.

Rosemary Gin Fizz

If you love a gin and tonic but want to make something a little more festive and light, try swapping soda and honey for the gin, and adding some muddled rosemary for an extra pop of flavour.

The Best Red Sangria 

This is a fruity and festive mix that is easy to make in large quantities if you’re having friends over. This super simple recipe eliminates the sugary soda and sweet liqueurs and lets you add sugar to taste. Also, there’s multiple servings of fruit in there, so it’s basically health food.

Apple Cider Moscow Mule

This tasty drink combines apple cider, vodka and ginger beer, a beautiful combination. Grab your Moscow mule glasses and wow your friends with an easy and delicious cocktail.

Ginger Kombucha Cocktails

Kombucha and ginger are great for gut health and drinking isn’t, so combining the two seems like a logical place to go. This drink is super light and the ginger gives it a holiday twist.

Sparkling Vodka Cranberry 

A vodka cran is kind of boring, but this version is more festive and flavourful than your typical bar rail drink. Add some sparkling water and fresh sugared cranberries to elevate this drink and make it more aesthetically pleasing.