Healthy Cocktail Mixers for Diet-Friendly and Delicious DIY Drinks
Use Fresh (Bottled) Juice
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.
Recipe credit: This Girls Walks Into a Bar
Incorporate Fancy Water
Whether you go for DIY cucumber water, fancy aloe 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: 8 Recipes That Upgrade Your H2O.
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
Pour all ingredients into a highball glass and serve with crushed ice and fresh basil or mint garnish.
Recipe credit: Säpp Birch Water
Try Specialty Tea Mixers
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
Swap for Zero-Cal Soda
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
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/205°F)
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
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
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?)
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.
Go Beyond Basics with Bone Broth
Some of the best culinary and mixology creations come from blending unexpected tastes—and ingredients—together to wow your taste buds. Case in point: this bone broth cocktail (yes, really) that uses Bonafide Provisions' chicken bone broth to make a salty, citrusy, sweet cocktail that will make your mouth go "what?!?!" (And packs the benefits of collagen protein too.)
1 tablespoon lime juice
4 oz pineapple juice
2 oz chicken bone broth
1 oz vodka
1. Line the rim of a small glass with lime juice and add flaked salt.
2. Add a few ice cubes to the glass and pour the rest of the ingredients in.
3. Stir gently.
Get Loco with Coconut Water
Coconut water cocktails are, quite simply, one of the most genius ways to dehydrate and rehydrate at the same time. (Get all the need-to-know coconut water facts right here.) Grab a flavored version (like Vita Coco's Twist of Lime) and you have the perfect healthy mixer for a refreshing, minty mojito.
2 oz Vita Coco Twist of Lime Coconut Water
1 oz white rum
6 mint leaves
2 oz seltzer
Squeeze of lime
1. Muddle the mint into the bottom of a shaker. Add white rum, Vita Coco Twist of Lime, and a lime squeeze.
2. Shake over ice and pour into a tumbler.
3. Top with a splash of seltzer and fresh mint leaves. Enjoy!
Recipe credit: Vita Coco Coconut Water
Make a Matcha
Dial up the health benefits of your happy hour pick by making a cocktail full of matcha goodness. (ICYMI, here's why matcha's health benefits are a big deal.) Use a regular matcha powder or DAVIDsTEA's sweet and fruity Hawaiian Punch Matcha for an extra tropical treat.
Matcha Mai Tai
1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons matcha powder
8 oz warm water
1 oz rum
2 oz coconut water
1 oz pineapple juice
Squeeze of lime
1. Dissolve matcha in 8 oz water warm water.
2. Pour over glass filled with ice.
3. Add rum, coconut water, pineapple, and a squeeze of lime.
4. Garnish with mint sprig.
Recipe credit: Billy Dietz at DAVIDsTEA
Put Some Soup to Work
Craving a Bloody Mary but don't have a pantry full of the essential ingredients? Swap the complicated recipe for an easier—and über healthy—mixer instead. Grab a ZÜPA NOMA bottled superfood soup for an almost-instant, brunch-ready cocktail. Think of this ZÜPA Maria recipe as a Bloody Mary's spicy, South-of-the-border sister. (With all the benefits of turmeric, to boot.)
1 bottle ZÜPA NOMA Yellow Pepper Turmeric
1 oz tequila
2 to 3 dashes Tabasco sauce
2 to 3 dashes Worcestershire sauce
Sea salt, to taste
Celery salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
2 stalks celery
1/2 lemon, wedged
Mix the bottled soup, tequila, Tabasco, Worcestershire, sea salt, celery salt, and pepper in a blender. Garnish with celery, lemon wedge, olives, and additional salt and pepper to taste.
Recipe credit: ZÜPA NOMA
Make It Melon-y
Watermelon juice—or WTRMLN WTR, if you want to be just like Queen Bey—is chock-full of electrolytes and has just enough energy-replenishing natural sugars, making it a perfect post-workout happy hour mixer pick. Mix straight with your favorite liquor or whip up a fancy watermelon cocktail like this watermelon marg.
Handful basil leaves
1 teaspoon coconut sugar
1/4 oz St. Germain
1/4 oz Cointreau
1 1/2 oz blanco tequila
WTRMLN WTR to top
Salt mix (2 parts black salt, 1 part lime zest, 2 parts Tajín spice, 1 part coconut sugar)
1. Muddle and strain lime, basil, and coconut sugar.
2. Shake St. Germain, Cointreau, tequila, and WTRMLN WTR with ice.
2. Salt the rim of a margarita glass, then strain cocktail over ice.
3. Garnish with basil and lime.
Recipe credit: WTRMLN WTR