Zain’s Pick: My Favourite Clean Cocktails!
Ring in the new year without the extra calories, sugar and junk. Check out these Clean Cocktail recipes!
Tomorrow marks one of the biggest celebrations around the world, New Year’s Eve, which means cocktails and alcohol will be flowing. Whether you’re throwing a party or having a quiet evening at home, ‘cheers-ing’ to 2012 and toasting to the year ahead with some classic and delicious cocktails doesn’t need to cause guilt or a headache the next day — especially with clean, sugar-free ingredients!
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Sage will not only improve one’s memory, but it also relieves sore throats, aids in digestion, and calms allergies. To prepare this wellness elixir, mix 2 oz. of Don Julio Blanco tequila, 1 oz. of Cointreau, 2 oz. of fresh squeezed lime juice, 2 oz. of Simple Syrup, and 3 fresh sage leaves.
Combine all ingredients in a tumbler, shake, and pour into traditional margarita glass.
Muddle 1/2 pear, 1 tbsp pear liqueur then pour champagne or sparkling wine and a splash of sparkling water over it, stir and serve
Voli Lyte Vodka (a brand-new, reduced-calorie brand of vodka), pineapple juice (known for its detoxifying properties), lime juice, honey and fresh tarragon (which aids in digestion and contains more 70 phytonutrients).
Combine all ingredients in a tumbler, shake and serve.
For one serving, you’ll need: three or four mint leaves, a lime wedge, 1 oz. white rum, diet lemon-lime soda (such as Sprite Zero, Diet Sierra Mist, or Diet 7-Up), ice.
Muddle mint and lime. Add all other ingredients shake in tumbler and serve.
Spiced White Sangria
Choose a white wine that is dry and fresh with good acidity, such as a Chenin Blanc, to build your drink mix. Because the wine already has some tropical fruit flavors, work with them and use fruits that will complement its taste.
For each bottle of wine, you’ll need:
1 medium orange, washed, halved and thinly sliced
1 medium peach or even better a nectarine, washed, pitted and diced
1/2 cup pomegranate or cranberry
1 tbsp star anise
1-2 Cardamom Pods
2 cinnamon sticks
Combine the wine and fruit in a non-reactive container (glass or plastic -– no metal) and blend well. Put the sangria in the fridge and let it sit overnight.
Taste the sangria just before serving and add maple syrup if you want more sweetness.