The holidays are almost here—that means it’s almost the season of family parties, friends’ parties and work parties. If you’ve ever thought about reducing how much you drink, taking a break or quitting altogether, there’s plenty of health benefits to support that decision.
Feel like having a drink or two makes it easier to fall asleep at night? It actually can disrupt quality sleep and make you more tired throughout the day. Alcohol is also a toxin that can damage your liver and increase the risk of multiple cancers. Next time you crave a drink, try one of these mocktails. They’ll not only give your body a break, but they also come with some health benefits you might not get in your average cocktail.
Sparkling Blood Orange Mocktail
This winter-citrus drink is rich in vitamin C, which plays a big part in keeping cells healthy and boosting your immune system.
This ‘sangria’ uses hibiscus tea instead of wine. Hibiscus tea may lower your cholesterol and help lower your risk of cancer.
The key to this recipe is kombucha, a carbonated, fermented tea drink that may improve your gut health thanks to its healthy bacteria content.
Strawberry Sparkling Mocktail
This sweet drink is also rich in vitamin C thanks to its frozen strawberries and lemon juice.
Pomegranate Ginger Sparkler
Pomegranate is a great source of antioxidants that may prevent cell damage, improve your memory and help muscle recovery.
Ruby Sparkler Mocktail
This secret to this drink is rhubarb, a sour vegetable that is high in vitamin K1, a nutrient that may prevent blood clotting and improve bone health. It’s also a good source of heart-healthy fiber.
Grapefruit Mint Kombucha Mocktail
By combining grapefruit and kombucha, this mocktail is low in calories and is healthy for your stomach and immune system.
Sparkling Cranberry Kombucha Mocktail
With its 100% cranberry juice, ginger and rosemary, this mocktail is a festive way to get your fiber, vitamin C and antioxidants.
Sparkling Apple Cider Mocktail
This quick-to-make citrus mocktail allows you to easily add your favorite spices and fruits.
Green Tea Virgin Sangria
Antioxidant-rich green tea is the base drink here. It includes a tropical twist with lime juice, passionfruit juice, kiwi and pineapple.