Power Cocktails – Healthy Summer Drinks

clip_image004Cheers to summer! Healthy drinks are having a moment. Here are five scrumptious and nutritious cocktails

Roman Holiday

After a big meal, sip this for better digestion. Bitters and star anise are natural tummy soothers.

Ingredients: Campari, grapefruit juice, star anise agave nectar (recipe below), bitters, grapefruit slice.

Star anise agave nectar: Bring 1/2 cup agave nectar and 4 star anise pods to a simmer. Let cool; strain and discard pods.

Calories: 224

Scarlet Fizz

The hibiscus tea in this drink may help lower blood pressure.

Ingredients: Hibiscus-infused simple syrup (recipe below), gin, sparkling wine, star fruit slice.

Hibiscus-infused simple syrup: Bring 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup sugar to a simmer; cook until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and add 4 hibiscus tea bags; let steep until cool. Strain; cover and keep chilled.

Calories: 183

Blue Virgin

This booze-free treat is loaded with memory-boosting antioxidants.

Ingredients: Frozen wild blueberries, açaí juice, lime juice, agave nectar, lime-flavored seltzer, lime slice.

Calories: 203

Minty Sake

Watching your waist? This ginger-and-mint combo is low-cal and eases bloat.

Ingredients: Mint, ginger, ice, sake, pear nectar.

Calories: 211

Citrus Drop

Citrus zest is packed with essential oils that help fight the growth of bacteria.

Ingredients: Infused four-citrus vodka (or any other citrus-flavored vodka; recipe below), orange or blood orange juice, Prosecco, citrus peels, orange slice.

Infused four-citrus vodka: Pour one 750 ml bottle vodka into a 1 1/2-liter glass jar with lid. Wash rinds of 1 small Rio Star grapefruit, 1 tangerine, 1 Meyer lemon and 2 key limes. Slice fruit; add to vodka. Seal; store in a cool, dark, dry place. Infuse 3 to 5 days, shaking once a day. Strain through a coffee filter into a new bottle.

Calories: 167