Try These 3 Healthy Mocktail Recipes

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A surplus of holiday activities means some people might want to be more mindful of alcohol consumption. But skipping the booze doesn’t mean you need to skimp on flavor or complexity. To help you get started, we crafted some mocktails that are as healthy as they are delicious.

These recipes are also versatile: When hosting a party, it’s easy to add a shot of your favorite liquor to make a cocktail for some guests and leave it out for those who want to enjoy it alcohol-free.

Earl Grey Old Fashioned Mocktail

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To turn the classic old fashioned into an equally refined mocktail, substitute the bourbon for a pour of black tea. The bergamot flavoring of the Earl Grey makes it a natural companion to the essence of orange and bitters in a traditional old fashioned.

Black tea contains flavonoids and other polyphenols. These compounds, which are found in some edible plants, can act as antioxidants and tamp down inflammation.

Some research finds that drinking teas rich in flavonoids and polyphenols is associated with a reduced risk of diabetes, obesity, and high cholesterol. In fact, a recent observational study indicates that drinking two cups of black tea daily is associated with a 9%-13% reduced risk of death.

Pear Cinnamon Shrub

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This fruit-based drinking vinegar is both a tonic and a flavor-packed base for many delicious drinks. In this recipe, apple cider vinegar adds tang to a sweet cinnamon pear syrup.

Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid, which has been shown to have antimicrobial properties. Thousands of years ago, Hippocrates supposedly used it to combat infections in open wounds. Over time, it’s also been shown to aid in weight loss and improve cholesterol, improve insulin sensitivity, and acts as an antioxidant. Plus, the yeast and bacteria that give apple cider vinegar its sourness act as a probiotic, which may be beneficial for gut health.

Spiced Coconut Mocktail

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This spiced coconut cocktail gets its vibrant yellow color from turmeric, which packs a nutritional punch.

Research shows that chronic, low levels of inflammation can be a driver in various conditions, including heart disease, cancer, metabolic diseases, and Alzheimer’s.

Thanks to a bioactive compound in turmeric called curcumin, this spice can help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress. It has also been shown to minimize the risk of heart disease, cancer, and other conditions.

In this drink, black pepper and coconut milk do more than just add flavor—they also boost the health benefits of curcumin. Piperine, a chemical found in black pepper, can improve the body’s absorption of curcumin by 2000% when given the right dose.

Plus, because curcumin is a fat-soluble compound, drinking it alongside the fats found in coconut milk can break down the compound and make its nutrients more readily available for the body.

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By Claire Bugos
Claire Bugos is a health and science reporter and writer and a 2020 National Association of Science Writers travel fellow.