Spread Some (Healthier) Holiday Cheer With These Festive Cocktail Recipes

Spread Some (Healthier) Holiday Cheer With These Festive Cocktail Recipes

With the holiday season comes a lot of extra cheer — and, if you’re not careful, a lot of extra calories from alcohol. But that doesn’t mean you have to go full Grinch and give up your favorite indulgent cocktails. These healthier holiday cocktails will help you get in the spirit without packing on the holiday pounds. Cheers!

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1. Apple & Cranberry Kombucha Sangria

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If you’re not quite ready to give up your favorite fall cocktails, try this tangy cocktail that mixes fall flavors —like apple slices and cranberries — with fresh lemon, white wine, and ginger kombucha.

Get the recipe at Abbey’s Kitchen.

 

2. Cranberry Moscow Mule

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This cranberry-studded version of a classic is perfect for the holidays. We recommend using 100% cranberry juice in place of cranberry juice cocktail, and to make it even more festive, swap out the slice of lime in the garnish and add a sprig of fresh rosemary or mint leaves.

Get the recipe at Spoonful of Flavor.

 

3. Dirty Horchata

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This healthier horchata is made with unsweetened rice milk and coconut cream — instead of the usual white rice and sweetened condensed milk — so you get the richness of regular horchata with fewer calories.

Get the recipe at Openfit.

 

4. Sparkling Cranberry Lime Holiday Cocktail

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Looking for easy holiday cocktails your guests will love? Serve up this pretty, party-ready concoction that incorporates cranberry juice, vodka, and lime-flavored seltzer.

Get the recipe at Horses & Heels.

 

5. Ombre Hibiscus Prosecco Cocktail

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Take bubbly to the next level at your holiday brunch by adding edible hibiscus flowers (available at your local liquor store or on Amazon) and a splash of hibiscus syrup to your glass of prosecco.

Get the recipe at A Side of Sweet.

 

6. Cinnamon Rosemary Old Fashioned

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To create this spiced cocktail, you’ll make a cinnamon rosemary simple syrup on the stove — which smells amazing while it’s cooking — then mix it with bourbon, orange peel, and a few dashes of bitters.

Get the recipe at Salted Plains.

 

7. Healthy Eggnog

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This lighter take on the classic holiday cocktail combines creamy egg yolks with almond milk, honey, vanilla, and nutmeg — and clocks in at only 133 calories per serving.

Get the recipe at Openfit.

 

8. Pomegranate Kombucha Mimosa

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Break out the Champagne glasses and whip up a batch of these brunch-ready cocktails topped with pretty pomegranate seeds and garnished with fresh orange zest.

Get the recipe at The Real Food Dietitians.

 

9. Coconut Chai Hot Toddy

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A steamy cup of this hot toddy — made with coconut milk, coconut sugar, chai tea, and dark rum — is the perfect holiday cocktail to warm you up après-ski or sledding. (This recipe is a bit high in saturated fat, so considering using less coconut milk than it calls for.)

Get the recipe at Running to the Kitchen.

 

10. 4-Ingredient Orange Julius Cocktail

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It might not qualify as a healthy breakfast, but this creamy frozen cocktail — made with 100 percent orange juice and a dairy-free liquor that tastes like vanilla cookies — is the perfect treat on Christmas morning.

Get the recipe at Strength & Sunshine.

 

11. Dairy-Free Spiked Hot Chocolate

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A little amaretto jazzes up this recipe for lightened-up hot chocolate that’s not too sweet, but still a festive treat.

Get the recipe at Fit Foodie Finds.

 

12. Vegan Bourbon Milk Punch

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Milk punch is a sweet, boozy drink that works for brunch or a nightcap — and this vegan version is made with almond milk, so it’s dairy-free.

Get the recipe at Salted Plains.

 

13. Champagne Margarita

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Your go-to brunch beverage meets your favorite taco accompaniment in this light and tangy holiday cocktail recipe with just the right amount of fizz.

Get the recipe at 40 Aprons.

 

14. All-Natural Whiskey Sour

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This healthier take on the whiskey sour nixes the usual sugary sweet-and-sour mix and subs in fresh lemon juice, club soda, and your sweetener of choice.

Get the recipe at Happy Food Healthy Life.

 

Kelsey Ogletree

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Kelsey Ogletree is a Chicago-based journalist writing about wellness, travel and food for publications like Shape, Cooking Light, Robb Report and AARP. When she's not writing, find her scoping out the latest in healthy snacks and whipping up new recipes for family and friends. Follow her on Twitter.