It’s the holidays, after all, and you may find yourself hosting a cocktail party. That doesn’t mean you can’t get your veggie fix—what simple juicing recipe wouldn’t be improved with a shot of vodka? Or take your favorite mixed drink and drop in two spears of asparagus or celery, or garnish with cucumber so that your guests can munch something other than chips. And try these healthy(ish) drinks from Organic Authority. Each recipe makes two drinks.
Bell Pepper Cocktail
Smash 4 rings of any color bell pepper with 2 teaspoons of fresh mint. Add 3 ounces grapefruit juice, ½ ounce lemon juice, 3 ounces vodka and 1½ ounces Chartreuse. Shake well, strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a ring of bell pepper.
Carrot Ginger Splash
Muddle 5 thin slices of fresh ginger in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add 6 ounces carrot juice, 2 ounces apple juice and 3 ounces vodka, and shake thoroughly. Pour the contents over ice, top with a splash of club soda or ginger ale and garnish with a fresh slice of lime.
In a shaker, combine 5 slices of cucumber with 2 sprigs of fresh mint, and muddle well. Add ice, ½ ounce lime juice and 4 ounces vodka or gin, and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a slice of fresh cucumber.
Remove the husks of three tomatillos, and wash and core. In a blender, puree 1 small cucumber, 2 green tomatoes, 1 clove garlic, 1 spring of cilantro and ½ seeded jalapeno pepper. Add a pinch of sea salt. Pour 3 ounces vodka into two tall glasses filled with ice, add tomatillo mixture and stir. Garnish with green onions, fresh parsley and lime wedges.
Chill two martini glasses, and line their rims with a mixture of sea salt and crushed black pepper. In a shaker, add ice, 4½ ounces vodka and 1 ounce fresh beet juice. Shake very well and strain into the glasses. Garnish with a sliced beat or cocktail olive.
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