Looking for low-cal, healthy signature cocktails to serve during your wedding cocktail hour? You’ve landed on the right blog post. From gluten-free gourmet drinks to vitamin-rich signature fruit concoctions, below are five scrumptious favorites (and the recipes to make them).
Acai Berry Mojito
Acai is a superfood rich in antioxidants, and it offers up to 30 times the anthocyanins of red wine. It also mixes perfectly with Vodka for a signature healthy fruit cocktail. We found this refreshing acai berry mojito recipe on Treehugger:
- 2 ounces of organic vodka
- 1 tsp. raw sugar
- 1 ounces of acai juice
- 1 ounces of lime juice
- Garnish with berries or mint leaves
Shake in a drink mixer and garnish with berries or mint leaves.
This Italian favorite is perfectly refreshing on a hot summer day. You can use fresh peaches when they’re in season, or buy frozen peaches to whip up a frozen peach bellini. You’ll need the following ingredients:
- 1 bottle prosecco or Champagne
- 2 ripe peaches
- 1 tsp. sugar
- 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
- A slice of peach for a garnish
Peel the peaches, and liquify them in a food processor. Stir in sugar and lemon juice. Fill the glass with Put two tablespoons of the peach mixture, and top off with prosecco or Champagne. Garnish with a slice of peach.
Gingered Pear Cocktail
This festive holiday drink is perfect for a fall or winter wedding. In addition to the health benefits of pear juice, ginger ale is easy on the stomach and offers antibacterial benefits.
- 4 ounces of pear juice
- 6 ounces of vodka
- 7 ounces of ginger ale
- Garnish with sprigs of rosemary
Mix pear juice & vodka in a pitcher. Fill glasses 3/4 full, leaving room for ginger ale. Add a sprig of Rosemary for a garnish.
Pretty, pink and filled with healthy cranberry and grapefruit juice, a sea breeze cocktail is the perfect choice for cooling down with friends and family at a beach-side reception.
- 16 ounces of vodka
- 30 ounces of cranberry juice
- 12 ounces of grapefruit juice
- Ice cubes
- Frozen lime wedges
Mix together vodka and juices. Fill a glass half full with ice, and pour in vodka-juice mixture. Serve with a frozen lime wedge. Enjoy!
Blueberries Gone Wild
Illinois mixologist Debbi Peek created this healthy gin drink with antioxidant-dense ingredients like blueberries and pomegranate.
- 11 blueberries, 3 skewered on a pick
- 1/4 ounce of fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 ounce of agave nectar
- Ice cubes and crushed ice
- 1 1/2 ounces of gin
- 1/2 ounce of pomegranate liqueur
- 1 lemon wheel
In a cocktail shaker, mix eight blueberries with the lemon juice and agave nectar. Add ice cubes, gin and pomegranate liqueur. Shake well. Strain into a crushed ice–filled rocks glass and garnish with the skewered blueberries and the lemon wheel.
Tips to keeping your cocktails low-cal
Want to come up with your own creation? Below are five helpful tips from Greatist on how to keep your cocktails low calorie.
- Use only fresh-squeezed or 100 percent fruit juice.
- Choose seltzer water over other carbonated waters.
- Use whole fruit for more added fiber, natural sugars and vitamins.
- Keep your drinks to eight ounces.
- Choose nutritious ingredients such as ginger, lemon and berries.