Healthy Cocktail: The Spa Water Gimlet

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!

"Healthy" Gimlet Goodness

“Healthy” Gimlet Goodness

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!

healthy gimlet ingredients

Fresh “healthy” ingredients for a boozy spa treatment — haha

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.)

gimlet gin

Quality gin helps — I love Hendricks, but something like Bombay Sapphire is a better price

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)

Cocktail Tools

Tools for the job: Martini Shaker + Muddler = Everything

spa water

Spa Water — the “secret ingredient” — and amazing without booze, too

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2 Responses to Healthy Cocktail: The Spa Water Gimlet

  1. Kristene July 16, 2015 at 3:15 pm #

    Sara,
    This sounds perfect! Since discovering my love of G&T’s a few years back – I justified my indulgences by cutting the sugar in the tonic by going 1/2 tonic 1/2 soda – creating a Gin and Sonic! Now Spa water – fantastic.
    We garnish with cucumbers when we use Hendricks – but we have not thought to use mint! We love Mint!
    Thank you so much for sharing this lovely Gimlet!
    Perhaps a little too excited about this recipe – but we are just about to leave for a week at the lake – and our young ones will still be away at camp!

    • Sara July 20, 2015 at 12:15 pm #

      Kristene — stay tuned for HOMEMADE tonic 🙂 Yes, I love cucumbers with Hendricks. This cocktail is perfection made with it. (Just pricier.) I do hope you love it. Also…um…it tastes even better at the lake. Let me know.

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