Keep Your New Year's Resolutions With These Low-Sugar Cocktails

Sunrise Senior Living  |  January 10, 2014

Did you make a New Year's resolution for 2014? If your commitment this year was health-related, you might be trying to cut certain products, such as sugar, out of your diet. Thankfully, you don't have to give up the treats that you love. Raise a glass to these low-sugar cocktails, which are delicious all year round, and the perfect option for residents of senior living with dietary concerns:

Cran-Lime Twist
You may have heard about the many benefits of consuming cranberries, which - according to the National Institutes of Health - have been linked to promoting bladder health, reducing fevers and is frequently used to treat symptoms of chronic fatigue and Type 2 diabetes. Sipping on this ultra-fresh drink, you can reap all of the perks while enjoying a crisp, flavorful beverage that's pretty to look at, too:

Ingredients (makes 1 drink)
1/2 C fresh cranberries
1/4 C 100 percent cranberry juice, unsweetened
1 C tonic water
1 oz vodka
3 slices of lime
1/2 tsp agave nectar
Ice

Instructions
In a shaker, combine the ice and vodka and shake well before pouring, or stir the two together in a tall glass. Add the fresh cranberries and slices of lime, then top with the cranberry juice and club soda. Stir briefly and enjoy immediately. If you'd like to make a larger batch, combine all of the ingredients except the tonic water and ice, which should be mixed in as you pour each glass.

Ginger-Lemon Mint Spritz
According to Glamour magazine, the combination of ginger and vanilla vodka tastes "like a slice of cake," but with far fewer calories. Like cranberries, ginger has also been promoted for its potential health benefits, which include treating nausea and inflammatory disorders.

Ingredients (makes 1 drink)
1 C water
1 tbsp fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp molasses
1 lemon wedge
1 C tonic water
1 oz vanilla vodka
Several fresh mint leaves

Ice

Instructions
Begin by making a simple syrup by combining the water, fresh ginger, lemon juice, and molasses in a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil, then turn the heat down and allow it to simmer for about five minutes. Remove the pan from the flame and stir in the mint leaves, then cover and steep for five minutes. Use a sieve or fine strainer to remove the pieces of ginger and mint leaves. Place the syrup in the fridge to cool before combining with the vodka, ice and tonic water. Stir together and garnish with an additional few mint leaves, and you're ready for a delicious sip.