19 Healthy(ish) Cocktails in 2020 with [Calorie Count]

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As the new year races toward us at a breakneck pace, those pesky resolution lists we've been putting off are begging for your attention… so have a drink! Here are a top 23 healthy cocktails that will have you feeling positive about getting back into gym and eating healthier in 2020.

Beets are plentiful in a plethora of healthy vitamins and minerals that help keep your bodily systems humming along. They've been linked to promoting liver health, so you can feel good about mitigating the effects of the alcohol on your body. This tasty concoction has a hint of savoriness with the fresh thyme and refreshing mouth feel with a bubbly dose of soda water.

19 Best Healthy Cocktails of 2020

1. Just Beet it

Beets are plentiful in a plethora of healthy vitamins and minerals that help keep your bodily systems humming along. They've been linked to promoting liver health, so you can feel good about mitigating the effects of the alcohol on your body. This tasty concoction has a hint of savoriness with the fresh thyme and refreshing mouth feel with a bubbly dose of soda water.

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Ingredients

  • 1 oz Beet juice
  • 4 Grapes
  • 2 sprigs Thyme
  • .75 oz Lemon juice
  • .75 oz Simple syrup
  • 2 oz Gin
  • Soda water
  • Garnish: beet slice, beet leaf, grapes, thyme sprig

Recipe

  1. Juice beets
  2. Add grapes & thyme to shaker tin and muddle
  3. Add beet juice, lemon juice, simple syrup & gin
  4. Add ice and shake well
  5. Strain into collins glass
  6. Top with soda

2. Kombucha Moscow Mule

Kombucha has grown exponentially in popularity in the last couple of years, and for good reason. The”booch” provides your system with much needed probiotics for gut health and is loaded with antioxidants and polyphenols that help kill bad bacteria. This Moscow Mule variation replaces the sugar saturated ginger beer with a ginger infused kombucha. What’s a mule without the copper mug? Here's a beautiful set of two high quality, pure copper mugs that will last a lifetime.

Healthy Cocktail Recipes

Ingredients

  • Juice of half a lime
  • 5 oz ginger kombucha
  • 2 oz vodka

Recipe

  1. Fill a pure copper moscow mule mug with ice
  2. Add lime juice and vodka
  3. Top with kombucha

3. Coconut Sugar Caipirinha

Coconut sugar is a great alternative to white sugar because of it's less caustic processing that retains the minerals zinc, calcium and potassium. By replacing half the sugar of this classic Brazilian cocktail, the Caipirinha, with coconut sugar, you're doing your body a healthy favor.

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Ingredients

  • Half a lime
  • 2 oz cachaça
  • 2 tsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp regular sugar
  • crushed ice

Preparation

  1. Build in double old fashioned glass
  2. Cut lime into wedges and add to glass
  3. Add sugar
  4. Muddle
  5. Add cachaça and ice
  6. Stir gently 

4. Salted Watermelon Margarita

Calorie Count: 168

The salted watermelon margarita is a classic cocktail that can be served on the rocks along with salt. The reason it is called salted is because of the use of rock salt which one can use according to the need of your palate. Not only is the drink sweet but if you add some sugar in it then you are going to love it even more.

Ingredients

  • Kosher salt
  • 1 lime wheel
  • 3 oz. Salted Watermelon Juice or fresh watermelon juice
  • 1½ oz. tequila blanco
  • ¾ oz. fresh lime juice

Recipe

  1. Put some salt on a plate
  2. Cover the rim of your rock glass with the salt or you can use some lime
  3. Now add some watermelon juice, tequila and lime juice and mix all of them in a shaker
  4. Take some ice and shake it for 20 seconds.
  5. Garnish with some lime wheel

5. Fall Spritz

The fall spritz is a classic cocktail that is very simple to make. It is made using one part of amaro and four parts of hard cider. Else, if you like a different combination then you can use something light instead of hard cider. This is one of the simplest and the best cocktails you can have.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz. Averna amaro
  • 6 oz. Basque-style dry hard cider (such as Isastegi Sagardo)
  • Orange twist (for serving)

Recipe

  1. Pour some amaro and cider into a highball glass
  2. Add some ice and stir
  3. Garnish using Orange twist

6. Rose All Day Sangria

As you can make out from the title that it says Rose Dall day sangria. It is something that has essence of rose You can use rose, cucumbers, 750 ml bottles of rose and some vermouth. You also get 1 bunch mixed herbs. Basil, mint, tarragon and parsley. You can also use some citrus soda such as limonata and sprite.

Ingredients

  • 4 persian cucumbers
  • 2 750 ml bottles Rose
  • 1.2 cup bianco vermouth
  • 1 bunch mixed herbs(basil, mint, tarragon, parsley)
  • 1 12-oz cans citrus soda

Recipe

  • Cut 3 cucumbers into spears
  • Coarsely chop the rest cucumber
  • Gently smash the rest herbs against a cutting board
  • Cover and let the concoction for at least 3 hours
  • Divide sangria among ice-filled glasses

7. Mezcal Cocktail with Hibiscus and Cilantro

Mezcal is a popular concoction that can be made using the hibiscus flowers and mexican Indian grocers. It can also be used along with some cilantro.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup dried hibiscus flowers
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 cups cilantro leaves with tender stems, divided
  • ½ cup mezcal
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • Cilantro flowers or sprigs (for serving)

Recipe

  1. Start with using 3 cups water using medium saucepan
  2. Now you can remove the heat and add hibiscus
  3. Now let the concoction for 10 minutes
  4. Bring 1 cup of water and let it simmer in a saucepan
  5. To make the cocktail, add ¼ cup of cilantro syrup and stir to continue
  6. Divide cocktail and garnish using cilantro flowers

8. Eggless Avocado Nog

As this is a section where we have mentioned the 19 best healthy cocktails. We are making sure the recipes we mention are healthy. The eggless avocado nog has been created by Jason Eisner and has also been featured in Goldfarb’s new book. This is a vegan cocktail as is the trend. Ths eggnog is a healthier alternative for using avocado and coconut milk that provides texture instead of heavy cream and eggs.

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup almonds
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 5 cups unsweetened whole coconut milk
  • 1 cup vanilla hazelnut milk
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 lemon rind, pith removed
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • Flesh of half an avocado
  • 6 ounces blanco tequila
  • 2 ounces mescal

Recipe

  1. Take almonds and two tablespoons of sugar
  2. Inside a saucepan, add coconut milk, hazelnut milk, cinnamon sticks, lemon rind, vanilla and baking soda and bring it to boil
  3. Once you have removed the heat, you can discard the cinnamon sticks and lemon rind and let the drink cool down.
  4. Mash avocado and whisk into coconut milk texture. Add some ground almond paste and then the remaining sugar
  5. Pour it into the pitcher and garnish

9. Mai Tai

Calorie Count: 306

Sure, this tiki cocktail may have ranked down but this timeless recipe are far from being put off the charts. The summer beverage Mai Tai recipe uses lime juice, Orgeat orange syrup, Orange curacao, and premium aged rum.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz. orgeat syrup
  • 1/2 oz. orange Curaçao
  • 1 1/2 oz. white rum
  • 3/4 oz. dark rum 

Recipe:

  1. Fill a shaker tin with ice and pour the first four ingredients. Shake vigorously.
  2. Strain into a highball glass and add the dark rum.
  3. Garnish with lime wedge or mint sprigs. 

10. Penicillin

No, not the prescription drugs. Penicillin is one of the best Scotch cocktail recipes in the world made by bartender Sam Ross who's based in NY. This delicious recipe is an interesting mix of blended scotch, Islay scotch, lemon juice, and honey-ginger syrup topped with candied ginger.

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of ginger
  • 0.75 oz. honey syrup
  • 0.75 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 oz. blended scotch
  • 0.25 islay scotch 

Recipe:

  1. Muddle the ginger slices and honey syrup together.
  2. Add fresh lemon juice, blended scotch and ice cubes and shake.
  3. Strain into an old fashioned glass.
  4. Add islay scotch and top with candied ginger.

11. Aperol Spritz

Summertime will never be complete without a sip of this classic yet one of the best Italian cocktails. Not only does it taste amazing, but it's so easy to prepare too! All you need are prosecco, Aperol, soda water. Then, add a slice of orange for garnish.

Ingredients:

  • 4.5 oz. brut prosecco
  • 2.5 oz. Aperol
  • .75 oz. club soda
  • Orange slice for garnish

Recipe:

  1. Fill collins glass with ice
  2. Pour in club soda, Aperol and prosecco
  3. Garnish with orange slice

12. Gramercy Riffs

A healthy cocktail needs to be such that it does more good to you than bad. The gramercy riff is s low-ABV version of a holiday punch which is very light and can be served at parties. It is made using some wine and aperitif. To make a gramercy riff, you need some vodka, some cocchi americano along with some cane-sugar syrup and lemon juice. Let’s have a look at the ingredients you need to make a gramercy riff.

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces Spring44 vodka
  • 3 ounces Svol Aquavit or a similar, dill-flavored aquavit
  • 3 ounces Cocchi Americano
  • 3 ounces Leopold New York Sour Apple Liqueur
  • 3 ounces Riesling
  • 3 ounces cane-sugar syrup
  • 3 ounces lemon juice
  • 6 ounces sparkling wine

Recipe

  1. Start with adding all the ingredients in one shaker
  2. Add some ice and shake well
  3. Strain the cocktail into a wine glass and top it with some sparkling wine
  4. Garnish the end result with lemon wheel

13. Vegan Buttered Rum

As the name has the word vegan word in it. It is clear that it qualifies to be in the list of a healthy cocktail. It is made using material like cashew milk that is also used to make buttered chai which delivers a healthier version that is not only plant free but also dairy free. In this cocktail, we make use of some butter, ice cream and sugar. All into one drink.

Ingredients

  • 5 Ounces of strong spicy chai tea that’s heated
  • 2 ounces of cashew milk
  • 1 spoon of coconut or MCT oil
  • 1 cinnamon stick

Recipe

  1. Combine all the ingredients and mix them inside a blender until oil is mixed well
  2. Pour the mixture inside a glass
  3. Garnish the concoction with cinnamon sticks
  4. Don’t worry too much about coconut oil. You can use MCT oil too

14. Negroni

On the top 2 of the list this year is Negroni. Coincidentally, this drink that you can easily and quickly prepare at home is also a top choice for the polled bars. Sour and subtly sweet, whip yourself up a glass in a jiffy by using these three simple ingredients: Gin, sweet vermouth, and Campari. Prepare a glass of Negroni yourself with this recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 oz gin
  • 3/4 oz Campari
  • 3/4 oz Sweet vermouth
  • Orange peel
  • Large ice cube

Preparation: 

  1. Build in large mixing glass.
  2. Add ice cubes.
  3. Stir with mixing spoon
  4. Strain over large ice cube
  5. Garnish with orange peel

15. Daiquiri

Calorie Count: 112

Daiquiri is a cocktail you'd easily fall in love with. A combination of lime juice, white rum, and sugar syrup, this cocktail will surely have your taste buds aching for more! No wonder, it’s one of the best and most ordered bar cocktails in the world. We have the perfect Daiquiri recipe for you to try-which you can serve frozen too!

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. white rum
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 0.5 oz. simple syrup
  • Lime wheel

Preparation:

  1. Pour the rum, lime juice, and simple syrup into a shaker respectively.
  2. Add ice and shake vigorously.
  3. Strain into chilled coupe glass.
  4. Garnish with a lime wheel and serve.

16. Rhubarb-Fennel Gin Cocktail

Calorie Count: 97

It is a classic cocktail which has a very sweet and sour flavor that happens due to rhubarb and herbaceous hat comes from the use of fennel. Now you can use some sugar, fresh lemon juice and then a cup of gin as per your taste. When we talk about the healthy cocktails. We need to make sure the drinks are not too heavy on our system and instead have a soothing effect on us.

Ingredients

  • ¼ fennel bulb, untrimmed, coarsely chopped
  • 1 375-ml bottle dry vermouth (preferably Dolin)
  • 1 large rhubarb stalk, thinly sliced, plus more, shaved, for serving
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ cup gin (preferably Fords)

Recipe

  1. Combine some fennel and vermouth into your glass container
  2. Cover and chill it for 2 days
  3. Strain through a fine mesh sieve back into the bottle
  4. You can add some rhubarb, sugar and water into the saucepan
  5. Combine 12 oz fennel infused vermouth
  6. Garnish with shaved rhubarb

17. Manhattan

Calorie Count: 164

If you're a fan of whiskey, then surely you've had a glass-or two-of Manhattan. This mix of rye, sweet vermouth and bitters remains a drink of choice for many bartenders. There are many versions of Manhattan everywhere, but like they always say––once a classic, always a classic.

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Sweet vermouth
  • 2 oz. rye whiskey
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Maraschino cherry for garnish

Preparation:

  1. Pour the constituents into a glass and add ice.
  2. Stir and strain into a coupe glass.
  3. Garnish with maraschino cherry.

18. Blueberry Apple Cordials

Blueberry apple cordials is a healthy cocktail that packs a lot of fruity punch in it. In this cocktail, you are free to add as many berries as you want and then you can preserve the pulp for multiple purposes. The way to make this drink is quite simple. You add 2 cups of fresh blueberries and then add a wide strip of lemon zest followed by some simple syrup.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 wide strip lemon zest
  • 2 cups applejack brandy (such as Laird’s Jersey Lightning)
  • Simple syrup (for serving)
  • Sparkling wine or club soda (for serving; optional)

Recipe

  1. Combine blueberries and lemon zest
  2. Add some brandy in jar and seal tightly
  3. Strain the mixture through cheesecloth into a pitcher or a large bowl
  4. Chill until cold
  5. Add 1 oz cordial in a flute glass and top off with sparkling wine

19. Espresso Martini

Calorie Count: 139

Even after three years, the Espresso Martini still remains as one of the best cocktails among the polled bars. Dick Bradsell, the Espresso Martini's late creator, would be proud seeing this magical combination of espresso coffee, vodka, and coffee liquor loved by cocktail and coffee enthusiasts alike.

Ingredients:

  • 1 shot Espresso
  • 1 oz Kahlua
  • 0.75 oz Butterscotch liqueur
  • 1 oz Vanilla infused vodka
  • 2 dashes Homemade Chinese five spice bitters
  • 1 dash Aztec chocolate bitters
  • Ice cubes

Preparation:

  1. Put ice cubes in a tall glass.
  2. Add all the constituents in the order in which they are listed above.
  3. Cover the glass with a shaker tin and shake vigorously.
  4. Strain the mixture into a cocktail glass.
  5. Garnish with drops of Aztec chocolate bitters and serve.

So don't fret, mix up one of these healthy(ish) cocktails and feel good that you're well on your way to making a healthy (sort of) start to the new year! Cheers!

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