It’s summer! Yes, that glorious season when we take to the outdoors for barbecues, pool parties, beach picnics and family get-togethers. The days are longer, the sun is hotter, and we’re all craving some cool refreshment.
Some turn to beer in this toasty season, and for some there’s nothing better than a glass of appropriately chilled Semillon on the porch. But now and then we all turn to a more complex summer cocktail. Drink-making is a social art-form, and nothing brings people together like a pitcher of margaritas or sangria. Wine purists may turn up their noses at the idea of fruit and wine, but for the adventurous among us, summertime cocktails are the way to go. They can compliment your food, keep the conversation lively, and even keep you hydrated. Well, at least that’s what people tell themselves.
But summer is also the season of swimsuits, shorts and sundresses. Plenty of folks are trying to watch their bikini bodies, or at least to take care of their health so they can enjoy their summer to its fullest. They want all the delicious flavors of the season, without the extra pounds that alcoholic drinks sometimes include. In particular, high-proof alcohols are notorious for packing a caloric punch. And all the little extras that go in to a cocktail, like simple syrups and fruit juices, can also lead down a dark path, health-wise.
So for all the above purposes, we’ve created this guide to healthier cocktails that will delight your palate and won’t offend your diet. They follow roughly traditional recipes, but with healthier alternatives. Most clock in between 160 and 220 calories, and won’t overwhelm you with sugars and carbs. And while a Long Island Iced Tea will never exactly be health food, the guide might help you to make more practical choices at your next backyard barbecue.
So sip slowly, and enjoy!
This Guest Post was written by Kathryn Hempstead of ForRent.com exclusively for Social Vignerons.
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