This post on how to make a healthy cocktail is by Rachel Berman. Rachel RD, CD/N, is a health editor for About.com and is the author of Boosting Your Metabolism For Dummies and Mediterranean Diet For Dummies, both published by Wiley in 2013. To find out more visit rachelberman.com.
In recent years, there’s been a slew of research on the potential perks of alcohol. Whether or not alcohol in moderation is truly beneficial for heart health, it can still be part of a healthy lifestyle as long as you’re making smart choices. While the fruity, sugar-packed, frozen cocktails of summer are behind us, there are still calorie bombs to navigate as we head into fall. Pumpkin martinis, mulled wine, and White Russians may be on the cocktail menu and can cost more calories and fat than you’d have in a meal. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not suggesting you only stick to wine spritzers although they are a standard low-cal choice at 80 calories or less. Instead, make healthy swaps so that you can still enjoy a fun cocktail without sabotaging your nutrition for the day. Here are my top tips for how to make a healthy cocktail — plus two recipes!