14 Delicious Holiday Cocktails That Actually Aren’t Horrible For You


OMG, you guys, 2016 is almost over. And we know you
could probably use a drink — or three — to celebrate
the end of this year and the promise of a fantastic
2017.

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Okay sure, it’s probably safer to avoid alcohol if
you’re trying to cut down on sugar or reduce your
calories. But if you’re planning on drinking anyway
and looking for something a little ~lighter~, we’ve
rounded up some options.

None of these require sugary mixers or sodas.
Instead, they’re sweetened with mostly natural
ingredients like fresh or squeezed fruit. Some do
include a little sugar or other sweeteners, but those
can be adjusted — or just left out entirely —
depending on your preferences.

So HAPPY FREAKIN’ NEW YEAR’S!

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Boozy Blood Orange Punch

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Tis the season for blood oranges too, and my-oh-my is
this a beautifully delicious drink. Squeeze out some
extra blood orange juice so you won’t have to use any
store-bought stuff, which has added sugar.

Get the recipe
here.

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Rosemary Grapefruit Fizz

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The citrus and herbal flavors blend together into a
cocktail that’s quintessentially winter. Grapefruits
are also in season this time of the year, so you’ll
have all the natural sweetness you need. (Give me all
of it, please!)

Note: If you can’t find grapefruit-flavored La Croix,
club soda works just fine.

Get the recipe
here.

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Strawberry Champagne

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This is literally like an alcoholic strawberry
slushy. And you can ditch the optional teaspoon of
sugar in the recipe since the strawberries are sweet
enough.

Get the recipe
here.

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Sparkling Sangria

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Tart and slightly sweet. Sangria is always a solid
choice for a party, and this one comes with a holiday
twist. Note that the cranberry juice is optional.

Get the recipe here.

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Yuletide Moon Holiday Cocktail

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Smoky bourbon, tart cherries and clementines, and
sweet maple syrup combine to make an amazingly
colorful holiday drink. That said, you probably won’t
need all that maple syrup and it’ll still taste
great.

Get the recipe
here.

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Toasted Pecan Old Fashioned

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Erin Parker

Toasted pecan-infused whisky makes this modified
version of the classic cocktail the perfect drink for
your New Year’s Eve party — or, really, any time when
you want that warm fuzzy feeling. Use half a teaspoon
of granulated sugar instead of the sugar cube for
less added sugar.

Get the recipe
here.

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Cinnamosa

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Can we first take a moment to just appreciate how
festive this drink looks in a flute glass? OK,
awesome. Here, mix whiskey with sparkling wine and
blood orange juice to get the naturally sweet version
of this strong AF drink. Although you can use
cinnamon whisky to ramp up the spiciness, if you so
wish.

Get the recipe here.

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French 75 Cocktail

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Named after one of the
most powerful field guns of WWI, this classic
cocktail bombards the mouth with the strength of gin
and champagne. Add some lemon for some of that
wintery citrus flavor. And feel free to ditch the
simple syrup since this should be sweet enough on its
own.

Get the recipe
here.

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French Kiss Cocktail

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Vodka, champagne, and a variety of fruits give this
cocktail a naturally sweet, light way to start off
your New Year.

Get the recipe
here.

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Honey-Lemon Gin Rickey

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Super simple, super delicious. The Gin Rickey is your
typical gin and tonic without all the added sugar
inside tonic. Go easy on the honey, though, so that
it’s not too sweet.

Get the recipe
here.

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Pomegranate Spiked Cava

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Cava is a dry sparkling wine that works to not
overpower the fruity flavors of the pomegranate and
lemon. Add some ginger in there for spice, and you’ve
got yourself the perfect New Year’s drink.

Get the recipe
here.

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Vegan Eggnog

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Simplicity is all you need, sometimes. Plus you’ll
get a serving of fruit. It’s an overall win.

Get the recipe here.

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Clementine Margarita

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Margaritas really are good anytime of the year, but
with clementines in season, you’ll probably get all
the sweetness you need here without the agave nectar
— although you can use it if you want.

Get the recipe
here.

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The Paloma

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You just can’t go wrong with tequila and citrus
flavors. Try this cocktail without the added teaspoon
of sugar for a more tart, grapefruity drink.

Get the recipe here.

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