By Shelley Levitt

Healthy Cocktails for Outdoor Entertaining Recipe
Healthy Cocktails for Outdoor Entertaining

Sipping a cold cocktail on a balmy night is one of the great pleasures. It can also be a way to sneak some nutrition into your daily diet. Here are three refreshing and restorative cocktails

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The Jolly Green Machine Cocktail

Vitamin-dense kale is the star of this cocktail from the Napa Valley Grille in Los Angeles.

    Prep Time: 5 minutes

    Yield: Serves 1

The Jolly Green Machine Ingredients

    2 parts fresh kale juice

    3 parts fresh lemonade

    1 part gin

    1/2 part St-Germain liqueur

    2 parts club soda

    1/2 part agave syrup (optional)

The Jolly Green Machine Instructions

    Blend fresh baby kale with a little water in a blender

    Shake vigorously with ice in a cocktail shaker.

    Strain and serve up in a martini glass.

Gordon's Gin Cup

It might fall short of a wheatgrass smoothie, but this simple cocktail is loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory enzymes.

    Prep Time: 5 minutes

    Yield: Serves 1

Gordon's Gin Cup Ingredients

    2 ounces of gin

    3/4 ounce simple syrup

    6 lime chunks (2/3 of a lime)

    2 1/2-inch slices of cucumber

    Pinch of sea salt

Gordon's Gin Cup Instructions

    1. Muddle lime, cucumber, simple syrup in a shaker.

    2. Add gin and cracked ice.

    3. Shake three times.

    4. Pour all ingredients into a rocks glass.

    5. Sprinkle a tiny pinch of sea salt on top.

Nonalcoholic Margaritas

Whip up a pitcher of these -- the recipe serves eight -- for an invigorating drink that has just 156 calories for an 8-ounce serving. Jackie Keller, founder of NutriFit, a Southern California meal-delivery service, created the recipe. "The limeade is a good source of vitamin C," says Keller, "and nonalcoholic beer is much better for you than real beer!"

    Prep Time: 5 minutes

    Yield: Serves 4

Nonalcoholic Margaritas Ingredients

    1 12-ounce can frozen limeade concentrate

    1 12-ounce can nonalcoholic beer

    2 cups crushed ice

    6 slices lime wedges (optional)

Nonalcoholic Margaritas Instructions

    1. Combine 1/2 of the can of nonalcoholic beer, all of the limeade concentrate, and the crushed iced in a blender.

    2. Blend until frothy, and then slowly add in the remainder of the beer. Garnish each glass with a lime wedge, if desired.


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Healthy Cocktails for Outdoor Entertaining - Jolly Green Machine, Gordon's Gin Cup & Non-alcoholic Margaritas

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