Infused Water Cocktail Mixers

The secret to any truly great drink is in the mixology - the perfect combo of flavors. It can be hard to find a healthy choice though! The key is to find something that's lower in sugar than most traditional mixers and, let's face it, plain old soda water is a bore. BUT if you were to use infused water for your mixer, you could have the health benefits of the infusion and the flavor! BOOM - now there's an idea. Here are a few recipes to get you going...

Blackberry Sage Gin

Fill a large jar with water a bit more than half way. Take some sage shoots and place them in the water. Be sure the sage is completely submerged. After that, add some blackberries to the mixture and let it sit in a cool environment for about 3 hours or more. You’ll know it’s essentially finished once you see color in the water. Once it’s finished, you can fill a glass about ⅔ the way full and add one or two shots of your favorite gin. This water also works great with other types of liquor.

Grapefruit Rosemary Gin

Toss slices of red grapefruit into a pitcher of water with a couple of sprigs of fresh rosemary (smashed between your hands first to release their aromatic oils). The rosemary flavor can become very strong over time, so once you get to the ideal flavor level you can remove the sprigs. Add to a glass with a shot of good quality gin.

Strawberry Lemon Rose Vodka

For this elegant and refreshing drink, you will want to gather a small handful of rose petals, then slice a lemon into wedges or coins. You can either leave the strawberries as is, or you can cut them in half. Once everything is prepped, place them in the water and let it sit for at least 4 hours, but it would be even better if you let it sit overnight. When you come to see it the next day it should have a beautiful color to the water. You can leave the plant material in, or strain it out. Fill your glass ⅔ the way full and add a shot of your favorite vodka.

Cucumber Mint Lemon Vodka

Super refreshing on a summer day, slice cucumber and lemon into coins, add to the water with a sprig of mint. Let sit in the refrigerator for a minimum of 4 hours, but overnight is best for a more intense flavor. Fill your glass about 2/3 with the water and add a shot of your fave vodka - but you can also sub the vodka for gin or white rum.

Pineapple Ginger Mint Rum

This is a cocktail to take poolside. Chunks of pineapple lend tropical vibes to the delicious combo of fresh sliced ginger and torn fresh mint leaves. Add all ingredients to water and allow to infuse for a minimum of 2 hours - give it a taste - I personally like to leave it overnight for maximum punch! Add to a glass with your fave white rum and enjoy paradise!

Apple Cinnamon Rum

This drink could be considered kind of festive - but it's yummy all year round. Cut about 2 apples into very thin slices and place it into the water. Sprinkle in some cinnamon and stir, or add a cinnamon stick. Let it sit for about 4 hours. Once your infused apple drink is ready, pour some into a cup about ⅔ the way and add a shot of your favorite rum. If you want to add a little more kick to the mix, you can cut up a lime very thin and place that in with the apples.

Being healthy doesn't mean you'll never be able to get tipsy at a party again - I'm a health coach, not the fun police! Balancing the booze with a healthy doze of nutrient infused hydration is a great way to indulge yourself on holidays and occasions! It's called, drinking responsibly!

With love & smiles,