Use Fresh (Bottled) Juice
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If you have a juicer and want to press something super fresh for a killer cocktail, be our guest. But if you want to be able to pour yourself a drink stat, then grab a bottled juice (like the new 1915 line from Bolthouse Farms) and get mixing.
4 oz. 1915 Bolthouse Farms Grapefruit Juice
1 oz. silver tequila
1/2 oz. grapefruit liqueur
1/4 oz. simple syrup
Raspberry for garnish
1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Run a lime wedge around the rim of a glass to moisten, then dip glass into a shallow layer of Himalayan salt. Gently shake off excess.
2. Fill same glass with ice, then strain drink mixture into the glass.
3. Garnish with raspberries and serve.
Photo: This Girls Walks Into a Bar // 1915 Bolthouse Farms.
Incorporate Fancy Water
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Whether you go for watermelon water like Queen Bey, coconut water, or birch water, these healthy waters can add some unexpected flavor (and health benefits!) to your homemade cocktails. Try this recipe using Säpp birch water, or try your hand at homemade infused water with 8 Recipes That Upgrade Your H20.
Summer In a Glass - Vodka & Aperol Cocktail
1 oz. Belvedere vodka
1/3 oz. Aperol
1/3 oz. fresh lime juice
Topped with 4 oz. Säpp birch water
1. Pour all ingredients into a highball glass and serve with crushed ice and fresh basil or mint garnish.
Recipe credit: Säpp Birch Water
Photo: Sapp Birch Water
Try Specialty Tea Mixers
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These cool new tea mixers are uniquely made by Owl's Brew for crafting tea-based cocktails. Genius, right? They blend the flavors of a few different teas and can pair with wines, beers, and liquors. (For more recipe ideas check out these 10 Totally Tea-Riffic Cocktails.)
Rosé All Day
1 part Owl's Brew White and Vine (a blend of white tea, pomegranate, lemon peel, and watermelon juice)
1 part Rosé wine
1. In a glass, combine equal parts chilled White and Vine and chilled Rosé.
2. Top with seltzer.
3. Garnish with fresh fruit like strawberries, raspberries, or a wedge of watermelon
Recipe credit: Owl's Brew
Photo: Owl's Brew
Swap for Zero-Cal Soda
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Instead of reaching for a sugar-filled soda, opt for a zero-calorie, naturally sweetened alternative like Zevia (which is flavored with stevia). (But make sure you're in the know about stevia and other sugar alternatives.)
Skinny Moscow Mule
3 oz. Zevia Ginger Ale
2 oz. vodka
1 oz. lime juice
mint and lime wedge (for garnish)
1. Mix vodka and lime juice together and pour over ice.
2. Top off with ginger ale. Add about 1 teaspoon of sweetener if necessary. Garnish with mint and lime wedge.
Recipe credit: Zevia
Brew Some Tea
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If you don't want to splurge on a specialty tea mixer, you can go with good old-fashioned brewed tea. These teas from DAVIDsTEA are part of their new cocktail collection and are perfect for mixing up some tasty tea-based cocktails.
Sparkling Sangria Mimosa
6 spoonfuls Sangria Fruit Infusion
2 cups hot water (96°C)
2 cups prosecco or sparkling wine
1 cup orange juice
1/2 cup sliced strawberries
4 orange slices, halved
1. Infuse hot water with tea for 4 to 7 minutes; strain and cool to room temperature.
2. Add steeped tea, prosecco, orange juice, strawberries, orange slices and ice to glass pitcher (or glass milk bottle); stir to combine. For a mocktail, substitute sparkling water for prosecco.
3. Pour into four glasses.
Recipe credit: DAVIDsTEA
Lighten Up Your Lemonade
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Swap sugary lemonade for Bai Limu Lemon for a summery cocktail that's low in calories, but still tastes great. Bai's drink has just five calories per serving and is infused with antioxidants, meaning you can booze while doing your body good.
Bai Strawberry Limu Lemonade
2 bottles Bai Limu Lemon
1 pint fresh strawberries
8 oz. vodka (optional)
1. Halve and hull strawberries and slice lemons. Place into pitcher and cover with ice. Add Limu Lemon, and stir gently to combine. Tip: If you're adding vodka, try making ahead in a Tupperware bowl with a cover.
2. Set in freezer for a few hours or overnight. It will emerge slushy and refreshing.
Recipe credit: Bai
Spike Some Seltzer
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Ditch tonic and soda water for a bubbly beverage made with real fruit—like Spindrift Seltzer, a game-changing seltzer made with fresh ingredients and just 15 calories a can. (Did you know you can cook with seltzer too?)
1 oz. Thyme Simple Syrup
1/2 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice
3 blackberries (muddled)
2/3 cup full of ice
4 oz. Blackberry Spindrift Seltzer
sprig of thyme
Shake simple syrup, lemon juice, and muddled blackberries over ice. Top with seltzer and fresh thyme.
Recipe credit: Rodeo & Co.
Photo: Rodeo & Co. Photography/By Emily B