Happy Cinco de Mayo! To celebrate a day that traditionally involves the consumption of an abundant amount of alcohol, we thought we’d share a list a cocktail ideas that at least try to incorporate ingredients with some sort of health benefit. You can substitute traditionally sugary drinks with ingredients that are naturally sweet, or add an immune boosting substance to deliver a “shot” of nutrients. As a disclaimer, we know a healthy cocktail is pretty much an oxymoron, but our bet is if you drink them, there’s a chance your hangover will be slightly more bearable.
Kale Martini (via Celiac Chicks)
By now, you’ve probably heard all the rage on kale. Over the past few years, it has become increasingly difficult to get away from the superfood. Usually found in salads, juices and even chip varieties, it would seem that now alcoholic beverages are no exception. Packed with tons of nutrients, kale is rich in Vitamins A, K, and C. If you take a look at the first few ingredients you’d think you were making a smoothie - but we promise there’s plenty of booze in there to balance out all the superfoods!
Pineapple and Coconut Water Vodka Cocktails (via Food from Flossie)
Coconut water is the perfect addition to a summer cocktail. Not only does it add a delicious tropical flavor, but it’s very hydrating. Coconut water is often suggested as a perfect hangover remedy for the morning after, but by incorporating it into your cocktail you’ll be keeping your ratio of “water-to-alcohol” in check while sipping on as many drinks as you’d like. Coconut water is packed with electrolytes and is a source of B-complex vitamins. A serving of this refreshing liquid also contains important minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium and zinc.
Masala Moonshine with Turmeric (via Good Booze)
Spice things up with this Masala moonshine that features one of our favorite super spices, Turmeric. This cocktail can be made Cinco de Mayo friendly by swapping tequila for the whiskey to create a “Masala Margarita”. Turmeric (traditionally a culinary spice) has lots of health benefits and can be easily recognized by its bright yellow color. It contains anti-inflammatory properties, and is also widely believed to alleviate arthritic symptoms, as well as improve brain function.
Chia Fresca Cocktail (via Eat This)
Chia seeds continue to be one of the trendiest superfoods out there, and now you can add them to your cocktails! Chia is loaded with both fiber and protein, therefore filling you up while keeping the calories low. They are also packed with Omega-3 Fatty Acids, which can reduce inflammation and are essential for good cognitive health. These little seeds puff up when left to sit in water, adding a denser texture to your drink.
Green Tea Martini (via Williams-Sonoma)
Probably the simplest cocktail to make of this list, we love the idea of infusing your drink with green tea. Green tea contains lots of antioxidants that help fight against cell damage. It’s also thought to improve blood flow, lower cholesterol and boost your metabolism. Green tea has a small amount of caffeine in it - perfect to keep you going and ensure you don’t crash before the night is over.