I’m a nutritionist who loves to embrace the indulgent side of things, (and not just the suffering, earnest version of eating). That’s why part of what I do is teach my peeps to take dishes they love — and make them EVEN BETTER. Better tasting and better for you. This makes everyone happy!
And WHO doesn’t love a little cocktail love in the summer. (I do! I do!) This isn’t a post on whether you should or shouldn’t drink alcohol. This is about whether you need to drink shitty, gross, unhealthy, sugar-laced cocktails if you DO decide to drink. So if you’re questioning my “Healthy Cocktail” label, just know…there is a whole lot worse out there.
Now this! This is my summer cocktail secret weapon…
I whip this out at a bbq or a night with girls on the back deck — and EVERYBODY is writing down the recipe. The reason I LOVE it isn’t only because it’s so damn tasty. It’s also pretty healthy, if you ignore the fact there is gin inside it.
*Note: If you are not a gin-lover, you will still love this cocktail. I swear it!
So pull out your supplies, get your “baked chips” or “kale chips” (or whatever) ready. As I introduce you to the first cocktail in my Healthy Cocktail Guide (coming soon). Consider it to be another version of the Community Dump — a 21-day cocktail cleanse. haha.
(Don’t forget to drink with food — it really helps keep things from getting messy.)
Spa Water Gimlet
- 1 cup *Spa Water
- 1 Tbsp **Simple Syrup OR liquid honey
- 2 mint leaves
- 1 – 2 ounces or 1/4 cup gin (not cheap, crappy gin)
- juice of 1 lime
Muddle the mint with some ice, if you have a muddler. Otherwise, chop it up really fine and throw it in the shaker as is.
Add ice and remaining ingredients to a cocktail shaker. Shake and serve over fresh ice. Garnish with a cucumber slice.
Alternatively, if you’re heading to a BBQ, combine everything in a large jug, but quadruple the recipe. Stir well and pour over ice for each individual.
* SPA WATER: 1 cucumber + 1 or 2 limes + handful fresh mint = chop and add to a jug of water and place in fridge for a few hours
** SIMPLE SYRUP: 1 cup raw or coconut sugar + 2 cups water = bring to a boil in a small pot and simmer until slightly reduced — (keep in fridge for future beverages)