Do you find yourself wanting to grab a refreshing cocktail (perhaps to trick your body into thinking its summer with all its delicious flavours), only to be turned off at the realisation how many calories most cocktails have in them!? Yep me too. With pretty much all drinks.
But by drinking smart, cocktails do not have to be one of the first casualties of the diet. If you craft them carefully and balance with all the good stuff you need to add into your diet, they can actually be good for you!
By packing this cocktail full of fruit and veg (at least your five a day!) I’ve made sure that for every ‘bad’ ingredient i.e. Gin, I’ve included twice as many ‘good’ ones like fresh strawberries, lemon juice, oranges.
The secret to every successful diet is not to deprive yourself of food you love, but instead to be conscious of what you’re eating! More fruit, more veggies, more lean protein, that sort of thing.
My “Five-A-Day” cocktail is packed full of vitamins, especially immune boosting vitamin C! (Hello January – the month we all hold our breath on public transport) … Its also deliciously boozy, lightly sparkling and with two distinct flavours which when layered appropriately will blend beautifully on your tongue.
Whether you sip through a straw top to bottom and experience the zestiness of orange first, followed by the mellow cherry, or in the opposite sipping it – it is a refreshing taste sensation.
Almost makes you feel like its not January, huh!
Keep reading for the full recipe at the bottom of this page.
A note on the garnishes
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If not, you can go ahead and garnish this drink however you like! In this case, I recommend a few fruits that will soak up the boozy alcohol and be delicious to snack on whilst you drink it.
- A few fresh cherries
- The remaining slices from your orange and lemon
- A few strawberry halves
- Walnuts (a great flavour pairing with the dominant flavours)
- Clementine Segments
Or of course, any fruit you have on hand. After all this drink is about getting more of the healthy stuff in you!
The drink itself is pretty simple to assemble. What I particularly like about this one is its side profile with layers of sliced lemons and oranges lacing the bottom. Before you assemble it should look something like this:
It goes one layer of Orange, then one layer of Lemon facing the opposite way, then topped with a final layer of orange. Here is a (super fancy this did not take me thirty seconds) diagram to help you out:
With a top-down look something like this:
Don’t forget: You’ll need to pack the base with ice to make sure it holds its pattern!
For a quick cheat-sheet, follow this –
- 50 ml Cointreau
- 100 ml Orange Juice
- 100 ml Soda
- 50 ml Wild Berry Infused Gin Greenalls
- 100 ml Cherry Juice
- Fruit to Garnish
- 1 Orange Sliced into 2 segments and cut into 6
- 1 Lemon Sliced into 1 segment and cut into 6
Take your orange and lemon, slice into segments, then cut each segment into 6 (you will need 2 slices of the orange, and one of the lemon).
Arrange into a pattern at the base of your glass, then fill half of the glass with ice, making sure the ice is padding the orange and lemon segments.
Top with 100ml of orange juice, and 50ml of Cointreau.
Fill the remainder of the glass with ice till it reaches the top.
Top with 100ml of cherry juice, and 50ml of Wild Berry infused Gin
Top with fruit to garnish - I have used remaining slices of lemon and orange from earlier, as well as fresh cherries, and an orange peel rose.
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