3 Health Coach Approved Cocktails for 4th of July

I will start this blog off by saying there are a lot of talented craft cocktail makers out there and I am not particularly one of them. However, I have been told I make a delicious old fashion that even converted me over to loving whiskey a few years back!

I’ll predominantly stick to my lane in health & life coaching, so I am here to make sure you stay as hydrated as possible while celebrating our beautiful country this week. 

For these recipes, I chose to focus on using tequila, gin, and vodka but feel free to substitute your favorite spirit for any of the below recipes that make sense to you!

Over the last few years my body has become highly sensitive to alcohol and even one drink can leave me feeling hungover the next day. If alcohol no longer agrees with you or you choose to opt-out, you can always make the recipes mocktail style or add a few drops of CBD oil to add a subtle level of relaxation in.

While you do not have to completely cut out alcohol to be “healthy,” it is recommended to drink responsibly and limit episodes of binge drinking, which consists of drinking 4-5 beverages in a two-hour span of time. 

Pro Tip: For every alcoholic beverage you consume, drink 8 oz. or more of water. It’s always said but how often are you currently implementing this simple trick to make sure you have fun and still feel your best the following day?

No matter which way you slice the pie, alcohol is not healthy for the body, but there are things you can do to make your beverages “Health Coach Approved”.

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How to Make Your Cocktails “Health Coach Approved”:

1. Use the highest quality ingredients possible

This goes for anything, but especially when it comes to alcohol the more low-quality ingredients you consume the worse you will feel the following day

2. Choose hydrating fruits or vegetables as your mixer

Most store-bought mixers are full of food dye and chemicals. It takes a little bit of extra time to make your own, but make one big batch for you and some friends to save time and your body and taste buds will thank you!

3. Muddle fresh herbs

One of the great things about an herb garden in Michigan is that it is the one main thing we can usually keep going throughout winter. Not only do you get the mental satisfaction of using something you grew, but also the floral aromas, and subtle health benefits released when muddled. Hey, it’s about balance right?


What you’ll need to get started:

  • Cocktail shaker

  • Ice

  •  Muddler

  • Juicer to make fresh cucumber & watermelon juice

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Cucumber & Gin (serves 2)

  • 1 cup of fresh cucumber juice

  • 1 medium to large lemon juiced

  • small bunch of fresh Rosemary sprigs, roughly chopped

  • 1-3 teaspoons simple syrup to taste

    •  If you are making your own, combine sugar and water in a 1:1 ratio in a sauce pot over low heat. Allow mixture to warm until sugar is completely dissolved in the water

  • 3 oz. of Detroit City Distillery Gin

 

To Make:

1.     Begin with the lemon juice and fresh rosemary in the shaker and muddle for roughly 30 seconds

2.     Add ice and the remaining ingredients

3.     Shake well and enjoy!

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Watermelon & Tequila (serves 2)

  • 1 cup of fresh watermelon juice

  • 1 lime juiced

  • 10 or more fresh basil leaves, ripped in pieces

  • 3 oz. of dealer’s choice tequila

 

To Make:

1.     Start with the lime juice and basil leaves in the shaker and muddle for roughly 30 seconds

2.     Add the ice and the remaining ingredients

3. Shake well and enjoy!

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Kombucha & Vodka (serves 2)

  • 12 oz. Ginger Kombucha or favorite flavor

  • 3 oz. of Tito’s or favorite brand of vodka

    • As someone who is allergic to Gluten I choose to drink Tito’s when I have vodka because it is created from corn making it naturally gluten free.

To Make:

1.     Pour your kombucha in a glass filled with ice

2.     Add your shot of vodka, STIR, and enjoy!

If you have not tried kombucha before DO NOT shake it! It is fermented tea and naturally well carbonated.

These cocktails are super simple, refreshing, and hydrating which makes them the perfect vehicle to cheers our country Happy Birthday to this week.

 Which drink will you be choosing to celebrate with this week? Can’t wait to hear your ingredient substitutes and recommendations in the comments below!

Always rooting for you,

Samantha