Gin and Vodka: Healthy Cocktails and Ones to Avoid
Everybody loves to have a nice cocktail every once in a while, especially on those hot, sunny days, when all you want to do is relax and stay refreshed.
However, if you’re on a health journey, you might think that your cocktail days are over.
The good news is, they’re not!
As long as you drink responsibly and learn which cocktails you can drink and which you should avoid, you can definitely keep enjoying your gin and vodka.
Keep reading for some healthy cocktail ideas!
The Healthy Cocktails
Healthy cocktails are those where you’re still getting essential nutrients and vitamins, and they typically include fresh fruits and light mixers.
Cucumber Basil Gimlet
If you’re looking for a low-calorie cocktail that is still incredibly delicious, a Cucumber Basil Gimlet is definitely the right choice.
You’ll feel like you’re eating a fresh salad… in liquid form!
If you love a bit of spice in your alcoholic drinks, this type of terpene cocktails is the one for you. Just make sure not to use simple syrups!
You can go even lower-calorie than the gin and tonic, with another classic cocktail: the vodka soda.
This drinks only has 95 calories, and when it comes to cocktails, it’s the healthiest one you can choose.
The Cocktails to Avoid
On the ‘to-avoid’ list is any cocktail that is full of sugar, calories, and carbs. In other words, if it contains ingredients like simple syrups, cream, juices, certain liqueurs… stay away from it.
White Russians are made with heavy cream and coffee liqueur, so you can imagine why they’re not the best for your health.
One of these cocktails has 590 calories and 33 grams of sugar.
One look at a Mudslide and you can instantly tell that it’s not going to do your body any good.
With Irish cream liqueur, heavy cream, and Kahlúa, this cocktail is full of sugar. And sometimes it even has some chocolate on top!
Long Island Iced Tea
Five different liqueurs, Coca-cola, juice, simply syrup… and no tea, at all.
A Long Island Ice Tea always looks refreshing but considering the amount of sugar and alcohol it has… we’d choose something else!
“My Favorite Cocktail Isn’t Healthy…”
If that’s what you’re thinking right now, we have good news.
You don’t have to give up on your go-to cocktail completely… you just have to give it a healthy twist by replacing the unhealthy ingredients.
Does it usually have sugar? Try stevia instead.
Do you typically use a pre-made mix when you make it? Buy fresh ingredients to make a homemade one.
Is tonic the mixer? Replace it with soda water.
You get the drill!
Gin and Vodka: Enjoy Them In the Healthiest Way Possible
Just like with any other food or beverage: if you know how to prepare your alcoholic drinks in a healthy way, you can keep enjoying them without feeling guilty.
Now that you know what to do and what not to do with your gin and vodka, there’s only one thing left to say… cheers!
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