5 Cold-Weather Cocktails Made Healthy With Fresh Fruits and Veggies

Use fresh greens, herbs and fruits that are readily available in winter to create healthy libations. 

Photo By: C.L. Fornari

Photo By: C.L. Fornari

Photo By: C.L. Fornari

Stocking Stuffer Cocktail

Clementines are plentiful during the holiday season. Years ago, they were put in Christmas stockings to give children a sweet treat on a cold winter’s day. Give yourself a tropical delight with this cocktail made with clementines, rum and some zesty herbs. Check out the recipe >>

Kale-tini

If you don't have fresh kale in your garden, use organic Tuscan kale from the market to create this bright green, festive cocktail. Kale is one of the healthiest foods there is. Mix it with a little vodka, lime and agave for a tasty treat that is chock full of vitamins and minerals. Take a look at the recipe >>

Rosemary Gin Gin

On a winter evening you need flavors that are bold enough to match the crisp outdoor temperatures. Rosemary grown in a pot outdoors in the summer can be carried indoors for the winter. Grow rosemary in the sunniest window available. Clip off weak growth as it appears during the winter and use in cocktails like this one which combines gin with ginger liquor, lime juice and a sprig of rosemary. See how it's made >>

AquaBeet Cocktail

Bold in flavor and color, the AquaBeet cocktail is a celebratory drink for a holiday brunch, New Year’s cocktail party or other joyful gatherings. Made from Aquavit (Scandinavian spirits) and fresh beets, this drink provides a warming kick with a nice dose of vitamin C. Get the recipe >>

Herbin' Orange

Looking for a winter cocktail that is high in vitamin C and garden goodness? This one has a complex and balanced range of flavors. Gin is mixed with Aperol (an Italian aperitif), orange juice and sage. Even in cold climates, fresh sage can be found in the garden until the New Year. Because it’s aromatic and a bit peppery, it marries well with the bitterness of the Aperol and sweetness of the orange juice. Take a look at the recipe >>   

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