We all know that the holidays bring extra calories with them, often in the form of beverages! I personally would prefer to chew my calories, rather than drink them. More satisfying that way, don’t you think? It’s a good thing I have my healthy sugar free cocktails recipe.
The most common question I’m asked in my online and free community is where does alcohol fit into a healthy lifestyle? So what is the alternative to rum and eggnog this holiday season? Why not try some Kombucha!
What is Kombucha?
Kombucha, [kawm-boo-chah], is a fermented tea that has been consumed for thousands of years in Asia, yet is relatively new to Western society. Sometimes it is referred to as a “healing elixir” because it can boost your health on so many levels. From detoxification to reducing joint pain, increasing immunity, aiding digestion and yes…even weight loss!
This drink is made by adding either black or green tea, yeast and sugar and allowing it to undergo a fermentation process which takes about a week. This is super easy. Just use my simple recipe listed below.
Why Makes It So Healthy?
During the fermentation process, acetic acid is produced. This acid along with the antioxidants from the tea are a large part of why Kombucha has a detoxifying effect on the body and boosts immunity. Plus, it has a smell and taste that is similar to a cider, making it the perfect alternative to replace booze on your favorite Christmas time bevvy.
Should I Make My Own?
Absolutely! Brewing your own is fun. The commercially prepared varieties are pasteurized which eliminates most of the beneficial probiotics. And that is one of the biggest reasons we are drinking this in the first place: gut health and immunity.
Also, the tasty varieties in the store contain more sugar than the home-brewed varieties. Last but not least, this drink costs literally pennies to prepare at home and can be quite costly to purchase in the store.
Ferment, Don’t Lament This Holiday Season!
For the past few years, fermented foods have been getting a lot of attention. You can read more about all of the different types of fermented foods in my previous blog post, just in case you missed it. These foods contain high levels of probiotics (think friendly bacteria) that are responsible for improving gut health, immunity, increasing energy and promoting glowing skin.
Another great benefit of Kombucha is that it contributes a sense of well-being. A great feeling to have when most people are feeling frazzled and stressed out from the holidays! You can read about other ways to fight holiday stress with healthy living by clicking here. For a few of my other waistline and hormone friendly swaps click here.
Over the holidays, everyone is busy. So much hustle and bustle from shopping to parties tends to leave us with less sleep and feeling a bit run down. By adding Kombucha to your day (or even replacing the alcohol in your cocktails with it) you can keep your gut health and immune system in tip top shape! How about that for the perfect gift?
Healthy Sugar Free Cocktails Recipe
- 8 ounces plain kombucha
- 2 ounces freshly squeeze lemon juice
- 1 tsp freshly grated ginger
- 1 tsp Monk Fruit or 8 drops of Stevia
- 1 lemon slice
- Ice cubes
- Pour ingredients into cocktail shaker filled halfway with ice.
- Pour using a strainer, in a long glass filled with ice cubes
- Garnish with the orange slice
- 2 Oz of plain kombucha
- 1 Oz of dark rum (optional replace with more kombucha)
- 1 oz of lemon juice
- 1 tsp of sliced ginger
- Crushed ice
- Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake. Enjoy!
- 2 oz of fruity flavoured Kombucha
- 1 oz of vodka (optional replace with more kombucha)
- 1 oz of lime juice
- 2 mint leaves
- crushed ice
- Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake
- Poor into a martini glass