5 Fun and Healthy Drink Recipes For Your NYE Party
It’s that time of the year! Chances are that you have a holiday party penciled into your schedule or maybe you’re hosting! The menu is set, playlist is prepared and great company is attending. But the drinks! You can’t forget about the drinks!
Need some tips for making healthier cocktails? Remember to incorporate more natural sweeteners, like agave nectar rather than simple syrup. Use naturally sweet fresh fruit and herbs to infuse the flavor and enhance the drink without artificial alternatives. There are so many other festive drink options, stay healthy, and get creative!
Here are 5 recipes that are fresh, colorful and will please your guests if you’re entertaining this year.
White Wine Sangria
Sweet, crisp, and refreshing, this sangria will be a favorite.
- 1 bottle pinot grigio
- 1 heaping cup fresh cranberries
- 1 large sprig rosemary
- 2 granny smith apples
- 1/4 cup agave nectar
- 1 can club soda
Combine all ingredients except the club soda in a larger pitcher, cover, and allow to sit overnight in the fridge. Don’t have all night? Make sure to let it sit for at least 5 hours for best flavor. Add club soda just before serving.
More into red? Sangria is a crowd pleaser and an easy drink to put together in large quantities for guests. If your friends are more into red wines, combine the following. Or make a batch of both white and red sangria and have the best of both worlds!
Spiced Red Wine Sangria
- 1 bottle red wine
- 1 orange sliced (blood orange is great!)
- 1 pear (any variety – red is great!)
- 1/4 cup of brandy (optional)
- 1/4 cup of agave nectar
- 6 whole cloves
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 2 star anise
Combine all ingredients, cover, and allow to sit overnight in fridge, or for at least 5 hours for best flavor.
Mojitos get the reputation of a summer drink, but with the addition of pomegranates, it’s festive if you’re a fan of the mint and rum combo.
- 1.5 oz. clear rum
- 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
- 2-3 mint leaves
- 3/4 oz. lime juice
- 3/4 oz. agave nectar
- 1 cup ice
Muddle the mint leaves, pomegranate seeds, and lime juice at the bottom of a glass. Add ice, rum and top with club soda. Garnish with more pomegranate seeds, a lime wedge and the mint leaves.
Again, a summer drink inspired by the winter season! The cranberries are full of antioxidants, so that makes the tequila healthy, right?!
- 1.5 oz. tequila
- 3/4 oz. lime juice
- 3/4 oz. unsweetened cranberry juice
- 1/2 teaspoon agave nectar
- 1 cup ice
Combine all of the ingredients above, shake and strain into a glass. Top with fresh cranberries and a sprig of rosemary to garnish.
Raspberry Mint Champagne
Poppin’ bottles? Make this celebratory fizzy drink with the added health benefits of cranberries.
- Champagne or Prosecco
- 100% unsweetened cranberry juice (if using Prosecco, the tartness of the cranberry juice will be cut by the sweet flavor)
- Fresh Raspberries
- A sprig of mint
A simple 50/50 split of the liquid ingredients and then garnish with a few raspberries and some mint.
There you have it. These five quick drink recipes will make your guests merry and give you the reputation of being the most original bartender! Each of these drinks are the perfect balance of fun and flavor without being too unhealthy. Have a safe and beautiful holiday and happy new year!