How to stay healthy during the summer while drinking cocktails
The summer season arrives and we all want to imagine ourselves at the edge of a swimming pool or a rooftop tasting delicious cocktails. But how can we stay healthy between alcohol and heat?
Nutritionist Kimberly Snyder works with celebrities to keep them fit. She advises via an interview with VOGUE, to be selective in choosing our drink. For wine, for example, we can choose an organic or biodynamic bottle, “…to avoid extra sulphates”. For spirits, on the other hand, it is best to avoid pre-mixed beverages because they usually contain refined sugar, preservative and color additive. It is therefore best to choose cocktails with fresh ingredients such as lemon juice or crushed berries.
Another option for spirit lovers is to drink them dry on the rocks. A glass of vodka or tequila with ice plus a splash of lemon juice will do the job. Snyder adds that drinks like kombucha make an excellent base for cocktails. This is low sugar, increases antioxidants and contains vitamin B. It is excellent for avoiding hangover.
Fighting dehydration is just as important during the summer
To drink and stay light and hydrated, it is advisable to opt for pineapple, anti-inflammatory fruit, and coconut water, which thanks to its electrolytes helps balance dehydration caused by alcohol.
Selecting low-alcohol drinks is just as useful. Shims cocktails are known to be elegant and low in alcohol as they are prepared with lighter spirits. At the same time they are refreshing. If you want to know more about them, we recommend you to read Shims: low alcohol cocktails.
Nazanin’Naz’ Khanjani, a TV character in New Zealand, has published a new alcoholic drink: Ketonic. This drink based on vodka and coconut that avoids the feeling of bloating. It literally detoxifies you when you drink. Ketonic contains 2.5 g of sugar, 3.8 g of carbohydrates, so it contains no fat or sacrifices in taste.
Low Calorie Cocktails
To alternate between light cocktails in calories that will help cool you down, you can opt for these recipes:
Skinny mojito with 50 calories
-60 ml of Starr African rum
-7.5 ml agave syrup
-5 mint leaves
-3 lime wedges
-1 club soda
Gin tonic with 55 calories
-60 ml Hendricks gin
-1 tablespoon lemon juice
-1 teaspoon organic rose water (try the Steenbergs brand).
– Some slices of cucumber
– Tonic such as Schweppes or Fever Tree
80-calorie Blueberry Bubbly Mint
-15 ml Cranberry vodka Smirnoff
-15 ml club soda
-A teaspoon of Saint Germain’s liqueur (or agave syrup)
-6 mint leaves
-6 blueberries, fresh (or frozen)
Don’t drink and drive. Enjoy responsibly.