You all know warm weather is on its way out the door for a few months, right? If you haven’t fully enjoyed it, now’s the time to soak up as much sun as possible while sipping refreshing summer cocktails before cold weather swoops in. Here are a few of my favorite healthy and delicious summer cocktails you need to try this week!
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Decadent Peach Bellini
One of my absolute favorite summertime flavors is peach. From peach pies to peach cocktails, you can give me peaches all day and I’ll feel like I’m in heaven. That’s why this Decadent Peach Bellini takes the top spot on my list of healthy summer cocktails to try before winter arrives.
Even better than its mouthwatering flavor is the fact that this drink only requires four ingredients! Here’s how to make it.
- 750 ml sparkling wine
- 5 sliced strawberries for garnish
- 1 L fresh pureed peaches
- Ice cubes (as many as you want!)
Pour the sparkling wine into the pitcher.
Add the fresh pureed peaches and stir the mixture together.
Add as many ice cubes as you want.
Garnish with sliced strawberries.
Voila! You have a healthified summer cocktail that contains fresh fruits that are chock-full of vitamin C and other nutrients.
Virgin Pina Colada
If you’re really serious about being healthy and avoiding alcohol altogether, you can still enjoy the tangy sweetness of a pina colada without the alcohol. This Virgin Pina Colada only takes a few minutes to make and tastes incredible. You won’t even notice the absence of alcohol!
- 1 ½ cups coconut cream
- 1 ½ cups pineapple juice (with no added sugar)
- 1 tsp rum or vanilla extract (optional)
- 3-4 pineapple wedges (for garnish)
- As much cubed ice as you want!
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend on high for about 60 seconds (or until creamy).
Pour into glasses.
Garnish with pineapple wedges.
Have you ever seen instructions that were that easy? If you want to switch up the flavor a bit, you can also add a couple of ripe bananas or half a cup of frozen or fresh berries. You can even add a ton of tang by switching out the pineapple juice for lime juice and adding a couple of tablespoons of sugar (though this last modification will reduce the healthiness of the drink).
Virgin Strawberry Margarita
Here’s another alcohol-free summer cocktail that will knock your socks off. It’s low in sugar and is even Paleo-friendly!
- ½ cup filtered water
- 1 lb. fresh strawberries (sliced and washed)
- 2 cups crushed ice cubes
- 32 oz. seltzer (regular or lime-flavored)
- Juice from two limes
- ¼ cup maple syrup (optional)
Combine strawberry slices and water in a medium pot and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cover.
Allow the mixture to simmer for 15 minutes.
Drain all excess liquid and allow the strawberries to cool for 10-15 minutes.
Put the strawberries in a blender and blend until smooth.
Place in the fridge for approximately one hour.
Put crushed ice cubes in glasses, then spoon approximately 1/3 cup of strawberry puree in each glass.
Pour 8 oz. of seltzer in each glass, followed by approximately 1 Tbsp. of lime juice.
Add maple syrup (optional).
Stir together and serve fresh!
This drink is tangy, sweet, and refreshing without the alcohol content. Of course, if you’re not trying to cut back on your alcohol consumption, go ahead and add it to your drink. I won’t tell!
These healthy and delicious cocktails will help you hang onto the last threads of summer before they fade away for a few months. Give them a try this week to figure out which are your favorite!