Healthy Summer Cocktail Recipes

Healthy Summer Cocktail Recipes

Superfruit your next backyard soirée with delicious cocktail recipes that feature liqueur made with açaí, one of the healthiest foods on the planet.

Healthy Summer Cocktail Recipes
The acai berry is a Brazilian fruit that contains 57 percent more antioxidants than pomegranates or blueberries. Diogoppr / 123RF Photo

We all know that indulging in alcoholic beverages isn’t usually on our “get healthy” list, but what if we could enjoy a cocktail that’s rich in nutrients and high in antioxidant power? Superfruits like açaí and pomegranate have made their way into everything from cosmetics to jelly-beans – and now there are fun ways to enjoy them in refreshing cocktails.

In case you haven’t heard, açaí is a Brazilian fruit that contains 57 percent more antioxidants than pomegranates or blueberries, and 30 times more heart-healthy anthocyanins than red wine. The 60 proof liqueur made with açaí mixes like vodka, but has a smoother finish.

This summer, superfruit what’s in your glass by grabbing a pitcher, throwing in a handful of strawberries or a scoop of cranberries, adding a decent pour of a superfruit spirit (try VeeV) and topping with ice and soda

These drink recipes are a refreshing alternative to sugary daiquiris and will keep you looking good when you’re lounging by the pool.

Açaí Lemonade Pitcher

Açaí Lemonade Pitcher
Açaí Spirit, 1/2 bottle
Lemonade

Fill a 2-quart pitcher ¾ full with ice, add all ingredients and stir well.
Top with a splash of cranberry juice and decorate with 6 lemon wheels.

 

Sparkling Açaí Sangria Pitcher

Sparkling Açaí Sangria Pitcher
Açaí Spirit, 1/2 bottle
4 oz. elderflower liqueur
4 oz. orange juice

Fill a 2-quart pitcher ¾ full with ice, add ingredients and stir well.
Top with sparkling wine and add fresh fruit for garnish.

 

Açaí Mojito Pitcher

Açaí Mojito Pitcher
Açaí Spirit, 1/2 bottle
5 oz. simple syrup
6 oz. fresh limejuice
4 oz. blueberry puree (optional)
5 sprigs of mint

Muddle the mint in the bottom of a 2-quart pitcher. Fill the pitcher ¾ full with ice, add all ingredients and stir well. Top with club soda.

 

Superfruit Soda Pitcher

Superfruit Soda Pitcher
Açaí Spirit, 1/2 bottle
1 oz. fresh limejuice
Club soda

Fresh or frozen blueberries, for garnish.
Fill a 2-quart pitcher ¾ full with ice, add all ingredients and stir well.

 

Superfruit Freeze Pitcher

Superfruit Freeze Pitcher
8 oz.  Açaí Spirit
6 oz. crushed pineapple
30 blueberries (fresh or frozen)
6 oz. fresh lemon juice
9 oz. simple syrup
4-5 cups of ice

Blend all ingredients until smooth and transfer into a 2-quart pitcher. Garnish with fresh blueberries.

 

Açaí Margarita Pitcher
Açaí Margarita Pitcher
Açaí Spirit, 1/2 bottle
5 oz. blanco tequila
7 oz. fresh lime juice
5 oz. simple syrup
4 oz. pomegranate juice (optional)

Fill a 2-quart pitcher ¾ full with ice, add all ingredients and stir well.
Add for lime wheels for garnish.

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