Surprising ways to make your drink order healthier

The little tweaks for a healthier bevvy.

When the Irish propose a toast and raise their glasses in the air, they say “sláinte” which directly translates to “health”.

While it may seem counterproductive to toast good health while drinking alcohol, it turns out the Irish might be onto something, because having a drink or two can actually be good for you.

While it’s common knowledge that a vodka soda or a red wine are a comparatively healthier option when choosing a beverage, sometimes they’re just a little boring, a bit of a booze snooze if you must.

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On the other end of the spectrum, while a cocktail can be a delicious and refreshing drink, they’re often loaded with sugar syrups, juice heavy liqueurs and lemonade which can be a one-way ticket to calorieville.

And as for beer, wine and champagne, most are loaded with loads of sugar and carbs and we challenge you to stick to just one glass!

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So if you’re going to have a drink and you’re looking for something that’s tasty yet won’t totally ruin your diet, why not swap your regular drink of choice for one of these.

It’ll make your happy hour happier and you’ll definitely feel better about what you’re sipping.

Green tea based cocktails

What could be better than relaxing with a cup of tea and a cocktail at the same time? Green tea is a rich antioxidant that may help to lower blood pressure, prevent cataracts, decrease sun-induced aging and it’s also an excellent base for a drink.

Rather than mixing spirits with lemonade or juice, replace the mixer with green tea. Ginger, lemon, cucumber and honey are also delicious accompaniments.

Nutribullet creations

We all love a juice in the morning, so why not get creative and add some alcohol to it later that night? Watermelon, raspberry, mint and vodka is a delicious natural combination with health benefits to boot.

Lemon and lime juice, a little honey and gin poured over crushed ice could also be the perfect low-cal frozen treat. The only limit is your imagination. So get whizzing.


The dark Irish lager used to have a slogan “Guinness is good for you!” And it turns out, it kinda is. In fact, back in the day, doctors used to subscribe Guinness to pregnant mothers to fortify themselves and their baby (not that we are recommending that).

In 2003, the University of Wisconsin also discovered that consuming Guinness may help the reduce of blood clots and heart problems because the antioxidant compounds in Guinness decrease harmful cholesterol gathering on the artery walls. And it’s got fewer calories and carbs than the majority of full strength beers.

Bloody mary

Bloody Marys made with fresh tomato juice and a celery stick are practically a (spiked) salad in a glass! Fresh tomato juice is loaded with the same antioxidant lycopene found in raw tomatoes, giving you an extra boost to cocktail hour, while celery is virtually calorie free. Who knew a boozy drink could count towards your five-a-day!

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While not typically low calorie, Sangria is delicious and fun way to increase your fruit intake. Mixing red wine, known for it’s antioxidant properties, with soda water, a dash of fresh juice and pieces of oranges, strawberries, lemons, apples and raspberries means you fill up on fruit, not booze. There are tonnes of recipes, so look for those that use more fruit and less sugar.

Superfood cocktails

Superfoods have taken over the nutritional world and they’re making their mark on the cocktail world as well. How about these three kale creations? Packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, superfoods like blueberries, pomegranate, raspberries and blueberries, coconut water and even tumeric are perfect paired with alcohol.

Açai, the delicious purple berry that breakfast bowls are made of is another great cocktail base, with 10 times more antioxidants than red grapes and benefits to cardiovascular and digestive health.

If you’re after the ultimate tasty and healthy cocktail, why not whip up Body and Soul’s delicious Superfood Mojito. Your clean eating mates will be impressed!

Body+Soul’s Superfood Mojito

Serves 2


  • 1 baby cucumber
  • 1 kiwi fruit
  • 2 kale leaves
  • 4 sprigs of mint
  • Juice of one lime
  • Coconut water to desired consistency
  • 60mL vodka
  • Ice


  1. Blend until combined in your nutribullet or blender. If you like your cocktails a little sweeter, add a little honey. Garnish with a slice of lime on the side of the glass and a sprig of mint.

While these drinks are comparatively better for you than other alcoholic beverages, remember that none of them are healthy when multiplied by four.

The Australian Government Department of Health recommends that healthy men and women drink no more than two standard drinks in one day to reduce your risk of harm from alcohol-related disease or injury over a lifetime.

Further to this, they recommend drinking no more than four standard drinks on a single occasion. Slainte!

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