While keeping cocktails to a minimum is key to staying on track this holiday season, here are a few fun cocktails with a healthy twist! Impress your guests at your next holiday party with these festive drinks!
1. Blood Orange Sangria: red wine contains age-prolonging antioxidants and resveratrol which prevents damage to blood vessels. Spike your wine with a twist of citrus to make this wintery sangria.
- 2 cups sliced strawberries
- 2 cups apple juice
- 2/3 cup orange-flavored liqueur
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 4 whole cloves
- 3 seedless blood oranges, each cut into 16 wedges
- 2 bottles fruity red wine
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 lemon, cut into 8 wedges
- 1 lime, cut into 8 wedges
Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher, and stir until sugar dissolves. Cover and chill 8 hours or overnight. Discard cloves and cinnamon sticks before pouring sangria and fruit into individual glasses.
2. Spiced Apple Cider – cinnamon is a powerful antioxidant that helps regulate blood sugar and reduce cholesterol. Use cinnamon in your holiday cocktail this season with this spiced apple cider.
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- 10 black peppercorns
- 8 whole allspice berries
- 5 whole cloves
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 6 cups apple cider
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 orange rind strips
- 2 lemon rind strips
- 3/4 cup applejack brandy
Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in sugar, peppercorns, allspice, cloves, and cinnamon sticks; cook 1 minute. Add cider, honey, vanilla, orange rind, and lemon rind; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 15 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in applejack. Strain and discard solids before serving.
3. Eggnog: While it is a good source of both calcium and protein, eggnog is notorious for its heavy cream and high fat content. This low-fat version gives you all the satisfaction without the guilt.
- 3 1/2 cups 1% low-fat milk
- 1/2 cup fat-free sweetened condensed milk
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon grated whole nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 2 large egg yolks
- 1/4 cup bourbon
- 2 tablespoons brandy
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Additional grated whole nutmeg (optional)
Combine 1% milk, condensed milk, flour, nutmeg, and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly with a whisk. Place egg yolks in a medium bowl and gradually whisk one-third of hot milk mixture into egg yolks. Add yolk mixture to remaining hot milk mixture, stirring with a whisk. Cook over medium heat 1 minute or until slightly thickened. Pour into a pitcher and stir in bourbon, brandy, and vanilla. Cover surface of eggnog with wax paper; refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight. Garnish with additional nutmeg, if desired.
Note: if you don’t want to make your own eggnog, Kalona Supernatural from Whole Foods has one of the most amazing eggnogs I have ever tasted! Kalona Supernatural (previously known as Farmers’ All Natural Creamery, makes incredible quality organic, hormone-free, grass-fed, and non-homogenized products! Check out The Best Milk for Your Health to learn more about why it is important to know where your milk comes from.
4. Irish Coffee: Studies show that a moderate amount of coffee (1-2 cups/day) may help reduce heart disease, diabetes, and Parkinson’s disease. The antioxidants found in coffee also help preserve memory and comprehension.
- 1/4 cup whipping cream
- 1/2 cup Irish whiskey, divided
- 1/4 cup sugar, divided
- 4 cups strong coffee, divided
Place 1/4 cup whipping cream in a medium bowl. Beat with a mixer at high speed until stiff peaks form. Heat 6 mugs by running under very hot water; dry with paper towels. Pour 4 teaspoons whiskey into each glass. Add 2 teaspoons sugar to each serving; add 2/3 cup coffee, stirring until sugar dissolves. Top each serving with about 1 1/2 tablespoons whipped cream.
What’s your favorite holiday beverage to drink this winter season?
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