Secretly, we all enjoy the thrill of cheating on a rigorous healthy eating regime (go on, admit it). There’s not much joy to be found in finishing a long work week filled with salads and steamed veggies only to embark on a weekend of… more salads and steamed veggies. Now, there’s a way to be naughty while still being nice – it’s the phenomenon known as ‘juicetailing’.
In a nutshell, juicetailing involves combining the superfood juices you sip on every day as part of your juicing routine – think beetroot, wheatgrass and the like – with all of your favourite cocktail elements (namely the alcohol). If you haven’t already spotted them on the drinks menus of the hippest bars around, you most definitely will in the near future. In short, it’s the perfect way to be good whilst being bad – what’s not to love?! If a vegetable cocktail doesn’t float your boat however, we’ve concocted some fabulously fruity varieties for you to try instead…
Cool Apple Vodka
The apple juice in this refreshing tipple aids liver detoxification and dilutes the vodka, so it’s absorbed in safe quantities. Even better, the sugar is all natural – unlike the processed and artificial versions used in alcopops.
You will need: 2 shots of vodka, 4 – 6 apples, a handful of mint leaves, and a squeeze of lemon juice
What to do: Juice the apples and add the vodka and lemon juice. Wash and tear up the mint leaves and stir them into the mix, and you’re done! Best made immediately before serving; full recipe here.
Serving Size: 2 – 2.5 pint glasses
Not only are they pretty to look at, these margaritas are super easy to put together too. The perfect summer staple for barbecues, garden parties or just chilling in the sun, these can be made with any fruit you like if you’re not a pineapple fan.
You will need: 1 pineapple, tequila and triple sec to taste
What to do: Juice up the fresh fruit, then mix in the alcohol according to your taste (slowly does it). If you’re feeling fancy, rub the edge of a glass with lime juice and dip it in margarita salt, add some ice, and pour. Use a lime wedge as a garnish for extra pizzazz. Full recipe here.
Serving Size: 2 – 3 pint glasses
Classic Pina Colada
This is a simplified version the classic, coconutty cocktail. It takes less (a lot less!) than 5 minutes to make and will instantly transport you to a tropical paradise; particularly if you have a sunny corner to enjoy it in.
You will need: 120ml pineapple juice, 60ml white rum, 60ml coconut cream
What to do: Juice up everything along with a handful of ice until smooth. Pour into a glass and garnish with a wedge of pineapple for a finishing touch. Couldn’t be simpler! Full recipe here.
Serving size: 1 standard tumbler
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