Looking for healthier New Year’s Eve cocktails? I’ve listed seven tasty cocktails made healthier because they contain things like:
- A lower calorie alcohol
- Whole fruit, fresh squeezed fruit juice, or light fruit juice
- Club soda (0g sugar), Seltzer or soda water (0g sugar), or diet soda
- No syrups or pre-made mixes
In general, to enjoy a healthier New Year’s Eve, you want to limit cocktails with a lot of added sugar. If your cocktail has any of the following, it has added sugar:
- Pre-made mixes (like a margarita mix)
- Tonic water
- Soda (that isn’t club soda)
- Fruit juice (that isn’t 100% juice)
- Sugar syrups
Find the healthy cocktail ideas below!
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1. The Skinny Mini Cosmo
The Skinny Mini Cosmo reduces calories and added sugar at every turn by using a lighter version of Smirnoff, ginger ale, and cranberry juice.
By using lighter versions of these ingredients, a 5oz serving of this drink is only 90 calories. Plus, the cranberry and lime juice adds a boost of antioxidants and vitamin C.
- 1 1/2 oz Smirnoff Sorbet Light Lemon
- 1 1/2 oz Diet Ginger Ale
- 2 oz Light Cranberry Juice
- Splash Fresh Lime Juice
2023 Update: The originally posted recipe on Liquor.com is no longer available
2. Fresh Juiced Apple and Mezcal
This simple drink only contains a shot of mezcal and a freshly squeezed apple. The apple packs the drink with nutrients including fiber, vitamins and minerals.
- 1.5 ounces mezcal
- 1 Granny Smith apple
2023 Update: The originally posted recipe here by Furthermore from Equinox is no longer available
3. Kombucha Champagne Toast
Why not add some Kombucha to your champagne? Kombucha is a fermented, slightly alcoholic drink that contains prebiotics to help keep your gut healthy. Best part is, the Kombucha Champagne Toast is only 43 calories!
- 1 lemon
- 3 ounces Kombucha Wonder Drink (any flavor)
- 1 ounce Champagne
2023 Update: The originally posted recipe here by Shape is no longer available
4. Resolution Refresher
Light and refreshing, the Resolution Refresher uses a lower calorie vodka from Skinnygirl®. It’s bubbles come from seltzer water, which has zero calories and sugar.
- 1 part cucumber vodka, such as Skinnygirl® Cucumber Vodka
- 1/2 part vermouth
- 1/2 part lime juice
- Cucumber slices, thinly sliced
- Splash of seltzer
Access the recipe here by The Daily Meal
5. Boozy Blood Orange Punch
This drink is packed with vitamin C, potassium, and antioxidants! It also provides a more natural source of sweetness by using fresh squeezed juice instead of fruit juice with added sugars.
- 1 shot vodka
- 1/2 cup Prosecco
- Juice of 2 blood oranges
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1 stem rosemary
2023 Update: The originally posted recipe here by The Almond Eater is no longer available
6. Vegan Eggnog
Traditional eggnog is notoriously a fat-filled drink. It is also high in sugar, averaging 20g of sugar per cup.
Try vegan eggnog for a much lighter drink. It uses banana instead of egg yolk, and almond milk instead of whole milk and cream. There is also no added sugar in this recipe.
- 1 Banana (frozen)
- ½ teaspoon Nutmeg (fresh grated recommended)
- 2 cups Almond Milk
- Rum – to taste
2023 Update: The originally posted recipe here by Girl Makes Food is no longer available
7. Champagne & Fruit
Champagne is actually already a lower calorie alcoholic drink. One glass of champagne (4 oz) is only 90 calories. Add some frozen fruit like berries into your drink for added bits of fun and health!
Keep in mind the sweeter the champagne, the more added sugar and therefore calories it contains. Champagne ranges from Brut Natural (least sweet, ~90 calories) to Doux (most sweet, ~120 calories).
Be sure to comment on this post to tell me which drinks you want to try! Enjoy & Happy New Year!
For more tips on staying healthy during the holidays read How to Use Holiday Spices to Boost Your Health and Happiness.