Cheers to the New Year!
Let’s cheer to good health in the New Year! We love adding fresh fruit and herbs to our drinks because they provide great flavor and natural sweetness. While these garnishes may dress up your drink and add a pop of color to your cocktail, they can also improve the nutritional value IF you eat them. Fresh fruit adds fiber, potassium and vitamins and can help you meet your daily fruit and veggie quota. Most of our drinks are made with Spindrift, a flavorful and colorful sparkling water made with real squeezed fruit. Spindrift is a healthier alternative to sugary sodas and other conventional mixers. Our drinks are delicious because natural just tastes better!
What Counts as a Drink?
Most people are surprised to find out what counts as a drink. The graphic above shows how much alcohol one “standard” drink contains, depending on the percentage of alcohol. Regardless of the amount of liquid in each glass, all of the drinks above (beer, malt liquor, wine and distilled spirits) have the exact same amount of alcohol. This holiday season, let’s rethink our drinks. Remember, it is the amount of alcohol consumed that affects a person most, not the type of alcoholic drink.
Appetizers to Pair
Wondering how to juggle a plate of food in one hand and a drink in the other? We’ve got the perfect party food ideas for you that don’t require a fork and a knife. Our finger-friendly, bite-sized noshes are easy to eat with one hand and make the tastiest, party-pleasing appetizers. These delicious hors d’oeuvres are filled with fresh, nutrient-dense ingredients and heavenly flavors that pair well with any of our drink recipes. For a one-handed treat, try our Sweet Potato Bites with Cashew Cream, Baked Italian Eggplant Dippers, or Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes. Do you want to sip and dip? Our Hempy Guacamole, Turmeric Red Lentil Dip, Cashew Pesto Dip, Zesty Herb Cashew Cheese, Hemp Hummus, and Hemp Hummus are wonderfully healthy toppings for your veggies, crackers or Ka-Pop! chips. A big occasion deserves the BEST small bites!
Nutrient Booster: Fresh Berries
What’s a mojito without muddled fruit at the bottom of your glass? We added fresh blackberries and raspberries to create this delicious drink. Not only do fresh berries add a delicious and naturally sweet flavor, but they’re teeming with antioxidants too. Berries are also known to have skin benefits. Because of their extremely high antioxidant levels, berries have been found to help reduce signs of aging. Berries help control free radicals in the body that can lead to disease and skin damage – so many reasons to include berries in your drinks!
- 3-4 blackberries
- 3-4 raspberries
- 8 fresh mint leaves
- 1-2 teaspoons World of Chia Fruit Spread, flavor of choice
- Crushed Ice
- 1 ½ ounces coconut rum
- 1/2 can Blackberry Spindrift
- 1 slice lime
Muddle fresh berries, mint leaves and Chia Fruit Spread in bottom of a highball glass. Fill glass halfway with crushed ice, add coconut rum and top with Spindrift. Garnish with lime slice.
Serving size: 1 drink, Calories: 125 calories, Fat: 0.4 grams, Saturated fat: 0 grams, Carbohydrates: 9 grams, Sugar: 15 grams, Sodium: 0.7 milligrams, Fiber: 1.8 grams, Protein: 0 grams, Cholesterol: 0 milligrams
Cucumber Gin and Tonic
Nutrient Booster: Cucumbers
Adding fresh mini Kirby cucumbers to this drink adds a beautiful color and nutrients too! Research has found that cucumbers contain a good amount of antioxidants. One study investigated the properties of the antioxidants and found that they contain flavonoids and tannins. Flavonoids and tannins are two groups of compounds that have been found to be extremely effective at blocking free radicals from entering the body! So be sure to eat what’s left at the bottom of your glass!
Cucumber Gin and Tonic
- crushed ice
- 3 ounces gin
- 4 ounces Cucumber Spindrift
- 1 slice lemon
- 1/4 cup mini Kirby Cucumbers, sliced
- mint sprig, optional
Add ice to a tall, narrow glass. Add gin, spindrift, garnish with lemon slice, cucumber and mint.
Serving size: 1 drink, Calories: 220 calories, Fat: 0 grams, Saturated fat: 0 grams, Carbohydrates: 0 grams, Sugar: 0 grams, Sodium: 2 milligrams, Fiber: 0 grams, Protein: 0 grams, Cholesterol: 0 milligrams
Fresh Strawberry Champagne
Nutrient Booster: Chia Fruit Spread
We absolutely love to include our favorite fruit spread, World of Chia, in this delicious and festive drink! Cheers to a delicious spread with just 4 ingredients; strawberries, chia seeds, agave nectar and lime juice. This spread adds a tasty and natural sweetness to this drink without overpowering the fresh flavors. With the additional of nutrient-dense chia seeds instead of processed pectin, you can feel good about adding this new staple to your family’s diets.
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 3 tablespoons World of Chia Strawberry Fruit Spread
- 1 bottle champagne, or sparkling wine
- 6 fresh strawberries
Place the frozen strawberries and World of Chia Fruit Spread in a blender and puree for about 30-60 seconds. Turn the blender off and add the champagne. Blend for 10-30 seconds. Pour strawberry champagne mixture evenly into 6 champagne flutes. Slide a strawberry on the edge of each champagne flute.
Serving size: 1 glass , Calories: 120 calories, Fat: 0 grams, Saturated fat: 0 grams, Carbohydrates: 10 grams, Sugar: 7 grams, Sodium: 4 milligrams, Fiber: 0.5 grams, Protein: 0 grams, Cholesterol: 0 milligrams
Nutrient Booster: Grapefruit
The star of the Paloma, grapefruit, is known for its high amounts of vitamin C and other minerals. We love to include fresh pink grapefruit juice in this recipe for nutritional value and taste! Grapefruit is also known for B vitamins, zinc, copper and iron which all work in conjunction to help your body maintain a health immune system. These vitamins and minerals are also extremely beneficial for your skin!
- 1/4 cup fresh pink grapefruit juice
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- 1/4 cup mezcal or tequila
- 1/4 cup Grapefruit Spindrift
- crushed ice
- grapefruit wedge, for garnish
Fill a rocks glass with fresh grapefruit juice, fresh lime juice, maple syrup and mezcal or tequila. Stir well then add ice. Top it off with 1/4 cup Grapefruit Spindrift and garnish it with the grapefruit wedge.
Serving size: 1 drink, Calories: 115 calories, Fat: 0 grams, Saturated fat: 0 grams, Carbohydrates: 20 grams, Sugar: grams, Sodium: 35 milligrams, Fiber: 0 grams, Protein: 0.5 grams, Cholesterol: 0 milligrams
Cranberry Raspberry Spritzer
Nutrient Booster: Cranberry
Cranberries and 100% cranberry juice are rich sources of vitamins C, E and K. Plus, they’re high in antioxidants and can help reduce the harmful effects of oxidative stress. Researchers believe that cranberries may help reduce inflammation. We love to add cranberries to our favorite savory dishes for an added boost of sweetness, but using 100% cranberry juice in drinks is another great way to obtain all their health benefits!
Cranberry Raspberry Spritzer
- 1 (12oz) can Cranberry Raspberry Spindrift
- 1/4 cup 100% Cranberry Juice
- 2 ounces vodka
- lime slice as garnish
- 1-6 frozen raspberries
Fill a high ball glass halfway with ice, then pour in the Cranberry Raspberry Spindrift, 1/4 cup 100% Cranberry juice, 2 ounces vodka and stir together. Garnish with lime wedge and top with raspberries.
Serving size: 1 drink, Calories: 155 calories, Fat: 0 grams, Saturated fat: 0 grams, Carbohydrates: 7 grams, Sugar: 5 grams, Sodium: 1 milligrams, Fiber: 0.5 grams, Protein: 0 grams, Cholesterol: 0 milligrams