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5 Ways to Make Cocktails More Nourishing

Updated: Aug 9, 2020

Day drinks with your gals on a restaurant patio may have been put on hold this summer (thanks COVID), but things are starting to open up and your hankerin’ for buzz-worthy cocktails is likely getting stronger.

With the warmer weather, many of us no doubt want to sit outside with a refreshing adult beverage. And sometimes, through no fault of our own, 1 drink turns into 2, or 3 (or 8). No shame in that game, we’ve all been there!

Here are 5 tips on how you can add a little more nourishment (and a little less hangover) to your next boozy afternoon:

  1. Hydrate Drink a glass of water between cocktails. Alcohol has a diuretic effect (ie. more trips to the bathroom) and this loss of water contributes to some hangover symptoms. Alternating between alcohol and water is an easy little hack to not only force you to slow down a little, but also replenishes your fluids to make the following morning a little easier. Not sure about you, but I certainly don’t bounce back like I used to!

  2. Don’t fake it Trade the flavoured syrups and liqueurs for the actual thing, like real mint leaves instead of peppermint schnapps. This certainly takes more time and effort, but is sure to impress your friends! Only try this at home though, as requesting this at a bar may trigger some not-so-subtle eye-rolls.

  3. Bubbly water: not just for baths Use flavoured sparkling water instead of juice or pop. There are so many brands and flavours out there these days and not only do they taste great, but they are a sneaky way to get more water in too. As I like to say, “Hydrate as you dehydrate!”

  4. Accessorize Add fruits for garnish and flavour, and get the added bonus of hydration and fibre. Not to mention, they really level up the Instagram-worthiness of your glass!

  5. Don’t get (too) sloppy Avoid drinking on an empty stomach. As a chronic snacker, I never find myself in this position, but apparently there are people that can go hours and hours without eating? Having some food in your stomach can really help slow down the absorption of alcohol into your blood and keep you feeling just right.

At the end of the day, we all know that alcohol is not exactly the most nutritious thing in the world, but it can certainly be a part of an overall healthy lifestyle

Have fun and stay nourished my friends,


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