For a moment, let’s imagine vodka and rum are the hot new superfoods of 2016. Reality check: they are not. But what the hell, sometimes an evening calls for a cocktail. So why not mix your spirits with healthy ingredients?
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The Cacao Mudslide: Cacao is the purest form of chocolate you can get; two teaspoons of the good stuff is choc-full of flavour (pardon the pun) with more antioxidants and less sugar than a processed chocolate syrup. Then add lots of ice, blitzed in your blender to a suckable frozen cocktail texture. While a regular mudslide involves vodka, Irish cream and a coffee liqueur, your head will hurt less tomorrow if you stick to vodka. Get your creaminess from coconut milk and throw in a half a shot of espresso for the coffee hit. Boom.
The Skinny Blue Bitch: Tonight the classic skinny bitch wears this season’s new accessory: purple pearls. This drink is basically a vodka soda and lime with blueberries. So simple. So sippable.
The Raspberry, Rum and Coconut Milk: Blend a good handful of raspberries with a shot of white rum, a splash of coconut milk and lots of ice. The ingredients do a cool separation trick in your glass, but the balance of tartness and creaminess means this drink has bite.
Here’s a healthier twist on a mojito. Use coconut water instead of sugar syrup, and you’ve got sugar-free sweetness that’s actually rehydrating – coconut water’s naturally occurring electrolytes help your body hold on to water. The fresh mint supports your digestive system (every little helps, right?), while fresh lime juice and a good splash of sparkling water are the wingmen for white rum. Garnish with fresh blackberries and you’re ready to party.
Freeze blueberries, strawberries and lemons into your ice cubes for a healthy twist on the classic vodka cocktail. Add sparkling water and you’ve got a lovely hydrating drink that gives you a balanced buzz.
Go to any fancy spa and you’re sure to find water infused with cucumber and lemon. Make this at home and you can shimmy a shot of vodka in too: a detox and retox in one sip. Load up with ice, and even frozen blueberries, as the chill stops you chugging this delicious drink too fast.
Green juice is absolutely impossible to sip without looking a teensy bit smug. Especially when you smuggle in a secret ingredient. One shot of vodka blends curiously well with lemon juice, fresh ginger, celery, cucumber and spinach. Antioxidants sure know how to party.