As if Thanksgiving wasn’t fatty and hearty enough, you might feel the need to throw in some red wine or a boozy cocktail just to make it through hanging out with your entire extend family. Everyone does that, right? If you’re trying to make it through the holidays without expanding your waistline, though, you’ll need some Thanksgiving cocktails that won’t turn you into Mr. or Mrs. Claus by Christmas. So what are some ways you can make your libations of choice just a little bit healthier?
Drink Your Dessert Instead of Eating It
Pumpkin pie is always delicious, but what if you had an apple pie cocktail instead? This awesome cocktail has very little sugar, especially if you use 100% all-natural apple juice, making it the perfect warm drink to cozy up to while someone else does the dishes. Another healthy perk? Cinnamon has the highest antioxidant capacity of any spice, so feel free to swirl your warm cocktail with that cinnamon stick. Here’s how to make it:
Warm Apple Pie Cocktail
- 4 oz. all-natural apple juice
- 1 ½ oz. cinnamon schnapps
- A dash of brown sugar
- Apple slice skewer
- Cinnamon stick
Warm your apple juice and pour it into your favorite mug. Gently stir in your schnapps and a tiny bit of brown sugar. Garnish your drink with an apple skewer and a fresh cinnamon stick and sip away.
Skip the Cranberry Sauce
Does anyone actually ever eat the canned cranberry sauce you put on the table? Opt instead to fulfill your sweet and tart cranberry craving with a great cocktail while saving yourself the canned calories. Cranberries are high in antioxidants and if you use all-natural cranberry juice, you’ll be getting your cranberry fix without all the added sugar of cranberry sauce.
- 3 1/2 oz. vodka
- 1/2 oz all-natural cranberry juice
- fresh cranberries for garnish
Pour your cranberry juice and vodka into your cocktail shaker with ice and mix it well. Strain the concoction into a chilled cocktail glass and top it off with a garnish made from fresh cranberries.
Sparkling Wine and Pomegranate Juice
Make your sparkling wine more festive (and a little healthier) by adding pomegranate juice. Did you know that one glass of pomegranate juice has the same cancer-fighting chemicals as 10 cups of green tea? Watch out, the recipe below is perfect for six cocktails
Sparkling Pomegranate Cocktail
- 1 1/2 cups pomegranate juice
- 1/4 cup grenadine
- 1 (750-milliliter) bottle chilled dry sparkling wine
- 6 lime slices
Combine the pomegranate juice and the grenadine in a 2-cup glass measuring container. Split the mixture evenly among six Champagne flutes. Top each serving evenly with the wine and garnish each glass with a slice of lime.
Just because you’re trying to be health-conscious doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in a yummy cocktail this Thanksgiving. Just make sure you’re using mixers that are as healthy and low in calories as possible!