5 Cocktail recipes to make the silly season a little less silly!

It’s all about balance right? We have scoured the web to find you the best healthy-ingredient-infused cocktails (and mocktails!) for you this party season

 

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While reaching for a cocktail may not be the ‘healthiest’ thing you can do this summer, wellbeing is all about balance. And there is something special about the social bonding that the festive season brings about - so why not try one of these nutrient-infused cocktails - or mocktails - this season when you clink a drink.


Carrot & Ginger Margarita

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Ingredients

30 ml. Vodka (one shot glass)
Carrot juice, freshly squeezed or cold-pressed if possible
Organic apple juice
2 thin slices of fresh ginger

Ice
Lime wheel garnish

Agave syrup to taste

Method

Muddle the ginger slices in the bottom of a shaker glass. Add the remaining ingredients. Shake well for approximately 10 seconds then pour over ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.


Fresh Blueberry Mojito

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Ingredients

8 blueberries (fresh or frozen and thawed), plus more for serving
½ a lime, juiced
2 teaspoons of coconut sugar
8 fresh mint leaves, plus more for serving
30ml white rum
Soda water
Lime slice for serving

Method

Add blueberries, lime juice, coconut sugar and eight mint leaves to a cocktail shaker. Use the end of a wooden spoon or cocktail muddler to bash (or muddle) the mint into the lime juice and sugar. This releases oils from the mint, breaks up the blueberries and helps the sugar dissolve into the lime juice.

Add rum, stir well then pour into a glass filled with ice, leaving about an inch of room then top with soda water. Garnish with extra blueberries, mint leaves and a lime slice.

 

Summer Coconut Kick

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Ingredients

30mls of gin or vodka

Coconut water

Crushed ice

Fresh mint

Fresh ginger

Dash of cayenne pepper

Method

Add gin/vodka, coconut water and crush iced to cocktail maker, and shake well. Pour into a glass, adding a dash of cayenne pepper, wedge of ginger and mint to serve.


Mango Marvel Mocktail

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Ingredients

1 cup Lychee Juice

1 cup of Orange Juice
1 cup coconut water
⅓ mango flesh
½ cup ice
Lime juice

Pinch of shredded ginger

Dash of cayenne pepper
Mint leaves to garnish
Little coriander to garnish
1 tsp shredded coconut for serving

Method

Blend together juices, coconut water, mango flesh, ice, lime juice, ginger and cayenne until smooth. Garnish with mint and coriander and serve in a glass rimmed in coconut sugar

 

Amaretto Sour Mocktail

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Ingredients:

1 cup Lemon and/or lime  juice

1 tsp coconut sugar

Water to taste

A little juice from maraschino cherries

A dash of almond extract

1 maraschino cherry to serve

Mint leaves to serve

Lemon slices to serve

Method:

Make a lemonade or limeade with the fruit juice, sugar, and water. Stir in almond extract and pour into a glass. Add the cherry juice to your liking, as well as a cherry, lemon and mint to serve.