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March 29, 2017
  •  By: Kara Stout

3 Simple & Fresh Spring Cocktails

Cheers to warmer temps, sweet sunshine, blossoming flowers, cleansing foods, fresh cocktails, and all that comes with spring!

I love simple foods and drinks that not only provide nourishment but also offer a lot of delicious flavor, which, luckily, is easy to accomplish with whole, nutrient packed foods.  And this can transfer over to clean cocktails!  Yes, cocktails can be much healthier and provide vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants.

Many cocktails are unhealthy and loaded with sugar so I wanted to create three healthier spring-inspired cocktails free of added sugars made with fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs and edible flowers. Naturally sweet and delicious is the best combo!

These refreshing spring cocktails are light, quick to make and are made with minimal, whole and seasonal ingredients. They are perfect for spring entertaining and would be an ideal addition to any brunch or picnic.

The freshly juiced spring fruits and vegetables provide an abundance of vitamins, antioxidants and phytochemicals. I included a cocktail for margarita enthusiasts, vodka fans and sparkling sangria lovers. These three flavorful drink concoctions can fit nicely into a healthy, balanced lifestyle and would be perfect to sip on outside in the sun and unwind.

Blood Orange Chamomile Margarita

Serves 2

Ingredients:
2.5 oz. tequila
3½ blood oranges
pink Himalayan sea salt
organic, edible chamomile flowers
crushed ice

Directions:
1. Juice the blood oranges either using a juicer or a handheld juicer.
2. Rim two glasses with pink sea salt.
3. Add ice.
4. Add approximately 1 shot of tequila (1.25 oz. each) to each glass.
5. Pour blood orange juice in to each glass.
6. Garnish with chamomile flowers.
7. Cheers!

 

Basil Lime Spring Cocktail 

Serves 2

Ingredients:
2.5 oz. vodka
1 lime
6 oz. sparkling water
cucumber slices
lime slices
fresh basil
2 large ice cubes
optional: liquid stevia to taste for sweeter option (just a little bit goes a long way)

Directions:
1. Juice lime using a handheld juicer.
2. Add large ice cube to each glass.
3. Add approximately 1 shot of vodka (1.25 oz. each) to each glass.
4. Add 3 oz. sparkling water to each glass.
5. Add half of the freshly squeezed lime juice to each glass.
6. Add cucumber and lime slices.
7. Garnish with fresh basil leaves.
8. Cheers!

 

Strawberry Sage Sangria 

Serves 2

Ingredients:
1 16 oz. carton strawberries
Your favorite bottle of sparkling white wine
strawberry slices
fresh sage

Directions:
1. Juice entire container of strawberries using juicer.
2. Add equal parts sparkling wine to strawberry juice in each glass, adding the sparkling wine first and then topping with the juice. Or you can use whatever wine to juice ratio you prefer.
3. Add in strawberry slices and garnish with fresh sage leaves.
4. Cheers!

Kara Stout is the founder of Nutrition By Kara, a wellness brand dedicated to empowering and supporting women to eat healthy, simply and beautifully with a focus on balance and intentional living. She blends her Masters in Counseling with her expertise as a Certified Holistic Nutritionist to help brides, wives and girl bosses reach their personal health goals of sustainable weight loss, increased energy, decreased stress, pretty skin, improved digestion and living a clean, healthy lifestyle. Kara is also a Food Photographer for lifestyle bloggers, coffee shops and health-focused restaurants. Additionally, she is the co-founder of Tee Chic, an apparel company that designs graphic tees for the fashionable fit and casually chic. Follow her on Instagram: @NutritionbyKara

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