Four healthy cocktails to try this festive season

Friday, 12 December 2014

Healthy cocktail recipes

Alcoholic drinks are one of the major culprits when it comes to gaining weight during the holiday season. Many of them are filled with unhealthy ingredients like artificial colourants and flavourants, and the majority of them are high in calories and sugar. We asked fitness expert Lisa Raleigh for some healthy cocktail recipes that you can try this festive season. Try one of these delicious drinks for a healthy alternative to your usual cider or cooler.

Strawberry daiquiri
3 cups of ice
½ xylitol
200 grams frozen strawberries
⅛ cup lime juice, freshly squeezed
¼ cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
¾ cup vodka
½ cup ice water

Blend all ingredients together and serve.

Watermelon and ginger splasher
3 cups watermelon, diced
½ cup gin
5 tbsp lime juice, freshly squeezed
1 tsp ginger, peeled and grated
1 tsp xylitol
1 cup ice water

Blend ingredients together, pour over ice and serve.

Naughty iced tea
1 litre herbal tea of your choice
2 tbsp xylitol
¼ cup vodka
lemon wedges for serving

Prepare your herbal tea with xylitol beforehand, refrigerating until cool. Add vodka, garnish with lemon wedges and serve with plenty of ice.

Kissed by a rose
1 cup apple juice
½ cup cranberry juice
2 tbsp rose cordial
1 tbsp fresh mint
¼ cup tequila
2 cups ice

Blend together, garnish with fresh mint and enjoy.

Lisa Raleigh
Fitness Trend Influencer, Wellness Activist, TV Personality, Author, Lifestyle and Wellness Expert / / / @LisaRaleighSA / LisaRaleighTV – Youtube

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Fitness and lifestyle expert, Lisa Raleigh, has been an exercise specialist for more than a decade. Known for her television roles as the winning team trainer on SA's The Biggest Loser, fitness guru on Michael Mol's Hello Doctor as well as the health and wellness consultant on SABC 3's daily morning show, Expresso, Lisa is fast becoming South Africa's unofficial face of wellness and healthy living.

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  1. Amy Aoki Swartz

    It sounds like it will taste good, LOL!

    4 years ago •

  1. CindyR

    Sounds really good, I will definitely try some of them.

    4 years ago •

  1. Candice Petersen

    Thanks for sharing, this looks so good!

    4 years ago •

  1. AndreaM

    Yummy, just in time for the December grooving rush :)

    4 years ago •

  1. Jenna-Lee Pretorius

    Yummy!! I love my cocktails, now I can enjoy them and not feel guilty

    5 years ago •

  1. Kariwo

    i have my eye on the Watermelon and ginger splasher…i love Gin AND i love Watermelon. Will give it s try!

    5 years ago •

  1. Bath Lover

    Strawberry Daiquiri – this is very yummy, just be aware that although it tastes like cooldrink…vodka is in it. So make it last or have another….without the vodka!

    5 years ago •

  1. Sammy

    It is true when they say you eat with your eyes, I am always looking for recipes to make drinks. I can use some tips without the alcohol of course.

    5 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    the Watermelon and Ginger Splasher sounds really good! Great cheat sheet, thank you :)

    5 years ago •

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