Cranked Up Cocktails

Skip the pre-made mixes and use fresh fruit to make antioxidant rich summer cocktails.
Related To:
Robin Miller's cocktails

It’s no secret that I love a cool cocktail at the end of the day. They call it “happy hour” for a reason. I’m mostly a vodka drinker but I enjoy refreshing libations with rum and tequila too. Check out my rather large selection of concoctions below. Why put cocktails on the Healthy Eats page? Because I’ve added a variety of vitamin- and antioxidant-rich fruits and juices to each signature drink. There’s definitely something for everyone (everyone over 21 that is!).

Pineapple Caipirinha: Combine in a glass: 2 lime wedges (1/2 of a lime) and 2 teaspoons superfine sugar; smash together until sugar dissolves. Fill glass with ice. Add 1-2 ounces cachaca (Brazilian rum) and 4 ounces good-quality pineapple juice. Garnish with lime.

Raspberry-Mandarin Lemonade: Fill a glass with ice. Add 1-2 ounces mandarin-flavored vodka, 4 ounces good-quality lemonade and several fresh or frozen raspberries. Garnish with a lemon or orange slice.

Strawberry Blonde: Fill a glass with ice. Add 1-2 ounces vodka, 4 ounces club soda, a few sliced fresh or frozen strawberries, 1 lemon slice, and 1 lime slice.

Mango Margarita: Sugar the rims of 4 margarita glasses with 2 tablespoons fine or coarse granulated sugar (press rims of glasses into moist towel first, so sugar sticks). Set aside. Combine in a blender: 4 cups ice, 1 cup cubed fresh or frozen mango, 6-ounces frozen limeade concentrate, 6 ounces tequila, and 2 ounces triple sec liqueur; puree until smooth. Pour into sugared glasses and serve.

Bloodytini: Place ice in a shaker glass. Add 1-2 ounces vodka, 4 ounces tomato juice, 1/4 teaspoon horseradish, and a pinch of Old Bay seasoning; shake to blend. Pour into martini glass and garnish with peppers or olives.

Acai-rita: Place ice in a glass. Add 1-2 ounces tequila, 4 ounces acai juice and 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice. Garnish with lime.

Caribbean Coconut Cooldown: Place ice in a glass. Add 1-2 ounces spiced rum, 2 ounces pineapple juice, 2 ounces orange juice, and 2 ounces cream of coconut. Garnish with pineapple.

Robin Miller is a nutritionist, host of Quick Fix Meals, author of “Robin Rescues Dinner” and the busy mom of two active little boys. Her boys and great food are her passion. Check her out at www.robinrescuesdinner.com.

You Might Also Like:

Next Up

Easy Cocktails for the Long Weekend: Daiquiris, Sangria and More

Add a refreshing twist to your weekend plans with these can’t-miss summer cocktails; we've rounded up top recipes for daiquiris, sangria, mojitos and more.

Live Music and Strong Cocktails at Rachael's Feedback

Get an insider's look inside Rachael's Feedback event during the New York City Wine & Food Festival.

Healthy Swaps: Summer Cocktails

There’s nothing wrong with sipping on a cocktail or two, just don't overdo it. Make smart choices for those alcoholic drinks – try our healthy swaps.

Save Some Coffee for Cocktail Hour

Whether you've just finished a big dinner with friends or you’re spending a Friday evening in alone, these coffee cocktails are sure to put a smile on your face.

The 9 Best Cocktails to Toast to Thanksgiving

Raise a glass to the holiday with these crowd-pleasing cocktails.

Best 5 Thanksgiving Cocktails

Check out Food Network's top-five Thanksgiving cocktails from Giada, Sunny, Alton and more chefs to find the ultimate collection of drinks for the holiday.

Alton Brown's Best Bets for a Summer Bar

Alton Brown gave us the low-down on his favorite drink for summer, which trends he is totally over and how you can best stock your at-home bar.

Our Best Sips for Cinco de Mayo

Margaritas or sangria — which will you be sipping?

Kale Juice as the Next Cocktail Mixer? (Yes, It's Happening.)

In signs that juicing enthusiasm shows no signs of waning, it now extends to those who like to indulge in the occasional cocktail.

Best Sipped Out of a Mug: Warming Holiday Cocktails — Fall Fest

Kick back with warming holiday cocktails that are best sipped out of a mug.

Related Pages