When I visited Atlanta recently, I stopped by a popular cocktail club in Buckhead, Regent Cocktail Club. As I was ordering at the bar, I overheard two girls complaining about how they no longer want to drink cocktails because it is bad for the health. Yes, alcohol is generally bad for you, but if you drink in moderation, it should not be a problem. Or, at least, I am trying to convince myself that the latter is true! On a serious note, there is a way for cocktails to be healthy, especially if you are on a diet. Read on and I will share with you some cocktails that are not as bad for your health as what you might have thought of!
When it comes to classic brunch cocktails, Bloody Mary is perhaps one of the most popular, a close rival of the Mimosa. What makes it healthy is the fact that it has tomato juice. It will be best if the juice is fresh and not one that is pre-packed. If you are making your own Bloody Mary, load up on greens that can make it even healthier, such as asparagus and even green beans.
The next time that you are in a rooftop bar in Atlanta and craving for a cocktail that is not loaded with sugar, a margarita is what you should order. It only has two basic ingredients – gin and vermouth. To make it even healthier, order it dry, which means that there is more gin and less vermouth, which will lessen the sugar in your drink. Be sure to have it with olives so that you won’t feel the guilt!
This is for the tequila lovers out there! The classic margarita has a bad reputation because it is loaded with sugar, which gives it the distinct sweetness that many people love. If you want a healthier version of this cocktail, you can make it with only two ingredients – tequila and lime juice. It is better if the juice is freshly-squeezed.
For those who love their drink sweet and not as strong, a sangria is a popular option. However, it can also have too much sugar. To make a healthier version of this classic, use white wine and to make it naturally sweeter, rely on the flavor that fruits can give. Mix the wine with fresh strawberries, apples, peaches, and pears.
This fancy-looking drink is known for being low in calories, which is exactly the reason why this is included on our list. It contains vodka, lime juice, and cranberry juice. As with the other cocktails above, the way to make it healthy is to opt for a fresh juice to minimize the amount of sugar that is present.
The next time you are out, ask the bartender if they have one of the cocktails listed above. They are not as bad for your health, so you can drink the night away without feeling guilty! Better yet, just make your own cocktail at home so that you will have full control of what goes in your drink.