It's a new year and it's time for new habits. Here are some great drinking hacks to make booze fun, healthy and not break the bank.
Here are some healthier alcoholic options, or healthy twists on your favorite drinks to try:
Squeeze 1/2 lemon. Pour 1/2 shot glass of Cointreau, 1/4 shot glass of either tequila or vodka. Top it off with club soda. Use a mint leaf for garnishing.
"Start with ¾ cup of no sugar-added, low-sodium tomato juice and add the juice of ½ lemon, a dash each of hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce, fresh ground pepper to taste, and 1 shot of vodka. Garnish with a lemon wedge and celery stick." (greatist)
Combine a shot of rum, mint, lime, soda water and 2tbsp simple syrup over ice. (You can buy low calorie simple sugar, just add 2tbsp sugar, or 2tbsp honey)
Fruity White Sangria
Slice up the fruit (pineapples, oranges, cherries, etc.) Pour a 12-oz. can mango juice, a 12-oz. can pineapple juice, 1 liter bottle of seltzer, 1 bottle white wine into a serving pitcher and add ice. Stir and refrigerate so the flavors blend.
Rum and Coke
Substitute regular Coke with Diet Coke or Coke Zero for a healthier take on a classic drink. Mix with your favorite rum.
Mix 4 oz. of grapefruit juice, 1½ oz. of cranberry juice, and 1 oz. of vodka over ice and garnish with a slice of orange.
Combine 2 oz. strawberry vodka, 2 oz. light lemonade, splash of fresh lemon juice, in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a fresh strawberry. Optional: For a more intense strawberry flavor, a splash of stained strawberry puree may be added.
Vanilla Vodka and Diet Ginger Ale
1 shot of vanilla vodka mixed with diet ginger ale, garnish with lemon peel.
Skinny Arnold Palmer
Fill 1 glass with ice, pour 1 shot of Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka, fill glass with light lemonade, and garnish with lemon wedge.
Fill a glass with ice, then add a shot of Stoli O or Skyy and a splash of orange juice. Fill the rest with diet 7-Up. Mix. Also can be garnished with a slice of orange.
Best of the Beers
Here's a small list of the "healthiest" beer choices you can make the next time you're looking for something new to try:
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Samuel Adams Light Lager
Abita Purple Haze
Left Hand Good Juju
New Belgium Sunshine Wheat
Flying Dog Snake Dog IPA
Deschutes Chainsbreaker White IPA
Beck's Premier Light
Magic Hat #9 Not Quite Pale Ale
Ballast Point Wahoo Wheat Beer
O'Fallon Hemp Hop Rye
Porterhouse Oyster Stout
New Planet 3R Raspberry Ale
Tangerine Wheat Fruit Beer
Fentiman's Traditional Ginger Beer
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>Drink at least two bottles/glasses of water before bed
>Eat something greasy (french fries are your friend)
>Get plenty of sleep
>Take a multivitamin before drinking
Make your $10 bottle of wine taste like at least a $45 bottle:
>Blend in a blender for 30 seconds to aerate it
>Pour the wine into a container with a "wide mouth" and let it sit for about 10 minutes
>Mull red wine
>Add some fizz with seltzer or club soda
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These are really useful, cute and important. They not only keep your wine safe and cold, but more often than not make really fun gifts for people.
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>Use frozen or chilled fruit to chill your wine or mixed drinks. This way, you get a bit of extra flavor, a cool drink and it won't get watered down by ice. Grapes, strawberries, blueberries are the best.
>Rapid chill bottles of beer, wine or liquor by wrapping the bottle in a cool, damp towel and then placing it in the freezer for about ten minutes.
>Fun for parties, gifts or a Saturday evening, flavor mini bottles of vodka with Skittles. You can even select flavor vodkas to compliment the Skittles flavors (vanilla, mandarin, citrus, etc.)
>Filter cheap vodka through a Brita Filter to make it taste better.
>Infuse fruit with vodka to make a nice boozy snack. Cut a hole inside of the desired fruit and insert a bottle of vodka. Keep the bottle in there until the bottle is empty. Keep the fruit in the refrigerator overnight and then enjoy the next day!
>Revive the fizz in a bottle of champagne by dropping a raisin in your glass and waiting a few minutes.
>A Red Solo Cup has measurements built in
Drinking on a Budget:
>When going out for drinks try and aim for Happy Hour or ask what the drink specials for the day are. This way you save yourself a few bucks and get to try something new.
Please drink responsibly!