But it’s not just the increased volume of alcohol that poses a risk to our health and wellbeing, though its effects should always be considered. Those syrups and mixers perform their alcohol-masking trick using enough sugar to turn a moderately unhealthy drink into something with no nutritional value at all.
So what can we do? Well obviously the best thing would be to stop drinking alcohol. But that’s unrealistic… And besides, there’s nothing wrong with a treat so long as it’s done in moderation. Instead what we’ve picked out are 5 ‘low-impact’ cocktails: they’re low on booze, low on sugars, but high on flavour.
1. Hot Toddy
Mix 1 shot of bourbon, 1 tbsp honey, 2 tsp lemon juice in a small cup of boiling water. Stir until it’s all well mixed/dissolved.
Dark spirits tend to be worse for you than light, but in this case a single shot of bourbon won’t be the end of the world. A great one for cold winter nights.
2. Gin Gimlet
Over ice, mix a shot of gin with the juice of 2 limes and 1 shot of simple syrup. Garnish with a lime wedge.
A simple traditional cocktail, but it’s lack of sugary mixers and single alcohol measure makes it nice and healthy. For a healthier twist make the simple syrup by mixing honey and warm water in a 1:1.5 ratio.
3. Vodka Grapefruit
Juice half a grapefruit, add 1 shot of vodka and top up with sparkling water. The simplicity and zest of this cocktail makes it a hit at at time of the year.
4. Rum Punch
Mix 125ml of fresh squeezed orange juice and 125ml of 100% pineapple juice with 1 shot of rum. Serve over ice.
5. Bitter Tea
Brew a cup of fruit tea, add several dashes of Angostura bitters. Not only is this particular cocktail relatively harmless, it also has the added benefit of the antioxidants found in fruit teas.
Cheers to that…
Written by Dr. Noel Duncan