Healthy Cocktail & Wine Recipes

Find healthy, delicious cocktail and wine recipes including mixed and tropical drinks, martinis and frozen cocktails. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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Dirty Shirley

Rating: 4 stars 1
Here's a Shirley Temple for grownups! We found that typical Dirty Shirleys are cloyingly sweet. Our version uses half the amount of grenadine as other versions and a lower-in-sugar ginger beer instead of ginger ale or lemon-lime soda for a refreshing drink.
Carolyn Malcoun
By Carolyn Malcoun

Coconut Margarita

Rating: 5 stars 1
Coconut water brings just enough sweetness to this frozen coconut margarita to add flavor to the drink without making it too sweet. The lime juice and Coco López give this drink a tropical flavor, while the tequila and triple sec make it taste like a solid margarita.
Karen Rankin
By Karen Rankin

The Bee's Knees Cocktail

Rating: 5 stars 2
The Bee's Knees is a classic Prohibition cocktail that blends the crisp, botanical flavor of gin with bright citrus and the soft floral notes of honey. This cheery spring cocktail is made with simple ingredients you likely have in your pantry, making it a great happy hour option when you don't want to make a special trip to the store.
By Amy Traynor

Frozen Espresso Martini

This frozen twist on the classic cocktail is perfect for sipping in hot weather. The coffee liqueur provides sweetness—no extra added sugars needed. Freezing the coffee into ice cubes helps chill the drink without diluting the flavor.
By Julia Levy

Bourbon & Honey Gold Rush Cocktail

Rating: 5 stars 1
The Gold Rush is a modern classic whiskey cocktail that was invented by New York City bartender T.J. Siegal. This easy mix of bourbon, lemon and honey is made with ingredients you likely have in your pantry and makes a tasty addition to happy hour, no matter the season.
By Amy Traynor

Pomegranate Gimlets

Cookbook author and TV show host Ina Garten gives the classic gimlet recipe a modern twist. She says, "I like to serve these Pomegranate Gimlets with Fig & Cheese Toasts, which is simply toasted bread, spread with fig preserves and goat cheese; they take no time to make and they're sweet and savory with the cocktail. But even something simple like salted cashews is good in a pinch."
By Ina Garten

Spicy Mango Margaritas

These margaritas get sweetness from mango nectar instead of simple syrup. The nectar adds a refreshingly tropical flavor that pairs nicely with muddled jalapeño and the spicy seasoning along the rim of each glass.
By Carolyn Casner

Pineapple Margaritas with No Added Sugar

Rating: 3.5 stars 3
Pineapple juice adds plenty of sweetness to this no-sugar-added margarita recipe.
By Devon O'Brien

Frozen Pumpkin-Spice Espresso Martini

Put a seasonal twist on a classic frozen espresso martini. Pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice combine to create the perfect fall cocktail. A touch of black pepper brings a little heat to the drink. Use up the rest of the can of pumpkin in a pasta sauce or in a dessert.
By Liv Dansky

Apple Cider-Mezcal Margarita

Rating: 5 stars 1
This fall version of a margarita features apple cider and mezcal, a liquor made from agave much like tequila. Like a classic margarita, this one blends sweet and sour flavors with a hint of cinnamon and orange from triple sec.
By Carolyn Casner

Grapefruit Aperol Spritz

For a twist on the classic Aperol spritz, we add grapefruit juice for a bright citrus flavor. This light, bubbly cocktail makes the perfect aperitivo, a pre-dinner drink served in Italy.
By Andrea Mathis, M.A., RDN, LD

Maple Whiskey Sour

Rating: 5 stars 2
If you're looking for an easy happy hour recipe, but feeling a little limited on ingredients, we've got a bit of good news: you don't have to have a fully stocked bar to turn out a delicious whiskey sour. Hopefully, you've got a little whiskey or bourbon lying around, a bit of maple syrup and fresh citrus. And if you're really looking to elevate your beverage, add some aquafaba to the mix. While not necessary, it stands in for the traditional egg white to create a lovely layer of foam at the top.
By Kate E Richards
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Inspiration and Ideas

Festive 3-Ingredient Cocktails to Help You Celebrate
With only 3 ingredients, these tasty cocktails are the perfect thing to sip this holiday season.
Slow-Cooker Spiced Cider with Brandy
Brew up a batch of warm apple cider in your crock pot to keep the hot toddy warm and party-ready all night long.
Spiked Party Punch

This easy, low-alcohol punch stays chilled as the decorative ice ring floats around the bowl. As it melts, raspberries and lemon slices are released, adding flavor and a healthy, edible garnish.