Top Fresh Herbs to Give Your Summer Cocktails a Nutrient and Flavor Boost
Morgan Medeiros MSc
August 9, 2018

Top Fresh Herbs for Nutritious Summer CocktailsNaturally, summer cocktails aren’t exactly a healthy indulgence.

But if you’re going to indulge in an adult summer beverage or two, we’ve got some quick tips on how to craft a healthier pour, plus fresh herbs to provide flavor and a unique seasonal twist on the old classics.

#1. Skip the sugary add-ins

Or at least limit them! If a drink calls for a tablespoon of sweetener, try reducing that by half. Remember that all added sweeteners are the same in the context of weight management: agave, honey, and coconut sugar are not healthier than the plain old white stuff, so be choosy about when, where, and how much you consume.

#2. Portion, portion, portion!

Portion sizes matter a lot, especially in the context of alcohol consumption. A standard shot of alcohol (1.5 oz) contains 100 Calories, with zero nutritional value. Healthy drinking is defined as no more than one drink each day for women and no more than two for men. For context, one drink is: 1.5 oz hard alcohol, 5 oz wine, or 12 oz regular beer.

#3. Get Minty Fresh

High in antioxidants, mint makes a great addition to many summer cocktails, adding a fresh zing and herby notes not typically found in cocktail formats in the absence of high Calorie mixers and syrups. We recommend trying a slightly less sweet version of the classic mint-laced mojito.

#3. Beat The Heat With Basil

Surprise! This herb also belongs to the mint family. This fresh herb has been shown to have antibiotic and antibacterial properties. Consider muddling together basil and lime juice for a fresh addition to a classic martini.

#4. Brighten Up With Bergamot

A gorgeous, purple-hued flowering plant, bergamot carries a distinctive citrus flavor that lends itself well to summery beverages. Bergamot contains a slew of antioxidants and is occasionally used in topical applications for psoriasis. Add bergamot to lemon-laced cocktails for a refreshing burst of citrus.

#5. Kick Things Up with Cilantro

You either love it or hate it. But for cilantro devotees, remake the standard margarita with a kick of spicy herbal cilantro, which packs a punch of Vitamin A, along with antiinflammatory properties.

Morgan Medeiros is a certified nutritionist, holding a both a Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition. Morgan completed her undergraduate education at Central Washington University, and her graduate education at Northeastern University. During her time as a graduate student, Morgan focused her area of expertise in health education, weight management, and behavioral change. Morgan has experience working in areas of nutritional neuroscience and disease prevention, obesity prevention, and weight loss. Morgan also works in areas of nutritional analysis and menu labeling for restaurants, where she is able to creatively bridge her interest in food culture and health education. In her free time, Morgan enjoys traveling, reading, writing, running, and spending time with her family and friends (including- most importantly- her dog, Clyde).

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