During the holiday season, there’s nothing better than getting together with friends and family and toasting to health, happiness and a great year. It’s healthy for us to let loose, dance, laugh and heck, enjoy a good cocktail or festive drink. While many of us blame holiday weight gain on cookies and treats, we overlook the calories and sugar in all of the booze we’re knocking back. But don’t fret! One of my favorite nutritionists recently gifted me with her new book, “The Thinking Girls Guide to Drinking (Cocktails without Regrets).” Below are three holiday cocktail recipes that are easy to make, taste delicious and have nutritional benefits to help with digestion, inflammation and immunity.

Cozy Fire:

Containing orange bitters for digestion, this drink is an excellent alternative to dessert. Ginger helps reduce inflammation, which alcohol is known to cause. Bonus: ginger is also adept at preventing nausea.

Cozy Fire:

2 ounces spiced rum

3/4 ounce ginger syrup

2 dashes orange bitters

Stir all of the ingredients briefly with ice to chill, then strain into a rock glass with a single large ice cube.

Recipe for Cozy Fire

Lady Slipper:

Not every cocktail needs to be high-octane! This low-alcohol alternative features Pedro Ximenez, which is a form of sherry, in addition to antioxidant-laden chocolate extract. It’s sweet and sippable, and you can likely have two without feeling three sheets to the wind.

Lady Slipper:

3 ounces Pedro Ximenez

¼ ounce crème de cacao

½ teaspoon chocolate extract

Pour all ingredients into a sherry glass and stir.

Recipe for Lady Slipper

Bathing in Gold:

Autumn and winter’s favorite spice blend not only tastes like pumpkin pie, it contains cinnamon to balance blood sugar and anti-fungal cloves. The liqueur in this is an herbal one made with echinacea, which helps ward off cold and flu.

Bathing in Gold:

7 ounces apple cider

2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

2 ½ ounces Alpine herbal liqueur

Heat apple cider in a small pot with pumpkin pie spice, stirring to combine.

Pour into a coffee mug and add liqueur.

Author Ariane Resnick comments about the inspiration for the book, “Alcohol can be a part of a healthy lifestyle; it’s all about what you mix it with and how you consume it. These drinks were designed to help you look good, feel great, and regret nothing. What makes a better gift than that?!”

Originally published at medium.com


  • Elisette Carlson

    Founder, SMACK! Media, Branding, Digital & Public Relation(ship)s®️ firm focused on Health & Wellness

    Elisette Carlson is the Founder at SMACK! Media, a Branding, Marketing and Public Relation(ship)s®️ firm, SMACK! Media, focused on authentic brands in sports, health, wellness and nutrition. Prior to founding SMACK!, Elisette headed up Marketing for the most iconic running and triathlon apparel and accessories brand, Zoot Sports, and before that, she was a Senior Account Manager at The Active Marketing Group, where she implemented strategic online and event marketing campaigns for Timex, Nike, Gatorade, RoadID and United Airlines. Before joining Active, Elisette spent 3 years managing Reebok’s triathlon and running initiatives, in addition to serving as a key liaison to the NFL and NBA. Elisette also spent 2 years in sponsorship and media sales for sports programming at IMG. Elisette’s passion for sports marketing started at a young age while assisting her father with World Cup soccer events and athletes. Whether it was drafting proposals, coordinating hotels, executing game-day logistics, or traveling to South America on scouting trips, the key principles of integrity, eye contact and the value of strong relationships were deeply ingrained as pillars for excellent business practices. A graduate of Princeton University, Elisette was named NCAA First Team All- American and All-Ivy League in Women’s Rowing. As a National Champion coxswain for 2 countries, her competitive drive and determination molded her into a leader and motivator. Further, she has completed numerous marathons and triathlons, including the Boston Marathon and finishing her first Ironman in 12:37. Fluent in Spanish and proficient in French and Italian, Elisette is a mother of two boys, a public relations contributor to Forbes.com and puts ultimate value on personal relationships.