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5 Delicious & Better-For-You Cocktails To Enjoy This Valentine's Day

Olivia Giacomo
mbg Social Media Associate
By Olivia Giacomo
mbg Social Media Associate
Olivia Giacomo is mbg's Social Media Associate. A recent graduate from Georgetown University, she has previously written for LLM Law Review.
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February 10, 2022

Happy Valentine's Day! These five better-for-you cocktails can be a fun addition to any gathering, from date nights to time with friends or family. We hope these recipes will add something special to your day, no matter what kind of love you're celebrating:

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1.

3-ingredient veggie & citrus cocktail

The balance of this trio of ingredients creates an earthy yet citrusy flavor. And if you choose to add honey, you'll get a touch of sweetness, as well.

Adapted from this recipe.

Makes 1 cocktail

Ingredients

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Method

  1. Mix the ingredients together; shake with ice until combined.
  2. Garnish with a lemon peel.
  3. Optional: Add honey for sweetness.
2.

ACV bee's knees

Apple cider vinegar adds an extra kick to this bright and herby concoction. Bonus? The ACV and honey are great for gut and stomach support.

Adapted from this recipe.

Makes 4 cocktails

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups lemon juice
  • 3 cups water
  • 4 ounces of Smirnoff Zero Sugar Infusions vodka
  • 6 tablespoons honey
  • 6 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme

Method

  1. In a medium saucepan, add the apple cider vinegar, honey, and ½ cup of the water over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, and turn off heat. Add herbs and let steep for about 3 minutes. Strain.
  2. When ready to serve, transfer this mixture to a large pitcher. Add the rest of the water, the lemon juice, and vodka, and mix to combine. Serve over ice and garnish with fresh thyme sprigs if desired.
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3.

Espresso martiNO

If you're looking to hop on the espresso martini train, this elevated version includes a warm, spiced nonalcoholic spirit. 

Adapted from this recipe.

Makes 1 mocktail

Ingredients

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Method

  1. Add Spice 94, cold brew concentrate & sugar syrup to a shaker.
  2. Add ice & shake.
  3. Double strain into a coupe glass.
4.

Hibiscus ginger fizz 

This unique cocktail is not only a festive color for V-Day, but it also features some beneficial ingredients. The ginger is warming, while the hibiscus is rich in vitamin C and phytochemicals with anti-inflammatory properties.

Adapted from this recipe.

Makes 1 cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces hibiscus tea
  • ½ cup ginger kombucha
  • 1 oz Zacapa rum
  • sparkling water
  • sprig of mint or slice of lime (optional)
  • dash of maple syrup (optional)

Method

  1. Brew double-strength hibiscus tea: Add 2 tea bags of hibiscus tea to 1 cup boiling water and let steep for 10 minutes. Carefully squeeze out tea bags with a spoon.
  2. Add 2 ounces of the tea to a tall glass with ice.
  3. Add ½ cup ginger kombucha and a shot of rum, then stir.
  4. Taste, and if you wish, sweeten with just a touch of maple syrup.
  5. Top with sparkling water (passionfruit or mango flavor is great here!) and a sprig of mint or slice of lime.
5.

Keto margarita

For one last simple option, this take on a classic margarita substitutes sparkling water for the typical sugary orange liqueur. Feel free to make it your own by adding some jalapeño or even a little orange juice.

Adapted from this recipe.

Makes 1 cocktail

Ingredients

Method

  1. Add the citrus juice, tequila, and sweetener (if you choose) to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake to combine.
  2. If you like salt on your margarita, run a lime wedge around the rim of a glass and press it onto a plate covered in a thin layer of salt. Fill the glass with ice.
  3. Strain the shaker into the glass (or glasses, if you're making more than one) and top with sparkling water and serve immediately.
Olivia Giacomo
Olivia Giacomo
mbg Social Media Associate

Olivia Giacomo is mbg's Social Media Associate. A recent graduate from Georgetown University, she has previously written for LLM Law Review.