As part of our #SundaySupper menu, we’re featuring Super-Food “Sangria,” which is chock full of antioxidant- and vitamin-rich fruit. But sangria isn’t the only way you can sneak some nutrients into happy hour. Here are some cocktail recipes featuring fruits you may not have expected to be so good for you!
Tummy troubles? Kiwi–especially the skin–is high in fiber and pre-biotic complex carbohydrates. Plus, its natural bright green color makes for a killer looking cocktail.
Grapefruits contain high levels of antioxidants, and studies have shown that eating one a day can help you avoid heart disease by lowering cholesterol. We’ll take seconds!
Pomegranates aren’t the only ruby red fruit with health benefits. Cherries contain the antioxidant, anthocyanin, which can reduce inflammation and lower cholesterol levels.
Consumption of blueberries can lead to a better memory and brain function. Blackberries contain cancer- and disease-fighting antioxidants. And raspberries are loaded with fiber and vitamin C. Enough said.
No one wants to get stuck playing bartender at their own party, but as the hostess with the mostest you still want a “signature shindig cocktail.” Ugh, what a dilemma. Enter our solution–drumroll, please–the party pitcher! Not only are these big-batch cocktails (and mocktails) perfect for any soiree, they’re also super-customizable and allow your guests to help themselves, freeing you up to have fun and par-tay! Take a look at five of our favorite concoctions below. Oh and did we mention that they’re all make-ahead too? Cheers!
Colorful and fruit-filled sangria pitchers are always a hit at parties, especially when they look as gorgeous and colorful as this one. Play around with different combinations of fruit and infuse for up to 6 hours before serving for optimal flavor.
Get the recipe: Tropical White Sangria
We had to include the Original Bloody Mary since some of the best parties start before noon–hey, no judgment! Impress your guests with an assortment of garnishes like celery, pickles, olives, fruit, shrimp or even oysters!
Get the recipe: The Original Bloody Mary
This tequila-spiked cocktail is the perfect solution for a taco night sans the hassle of margaritas. Add in other tropical fruits like mango and passionfruit to make this Pineapple-Lime Cooler even cooler!
Get the recipe: Pineapple-Lime Cooler
Hey party people, this punch is for you! Dating back over 300 years, classic punch recipes have be known to feature dozens of ingredients from booze to fruit juices. We kept it simple though and cut off our ingredient list at five–sweetened tea, bourbon, peach nectar, lemon juice and sliced peaches.
Get the recipe: Bourbon & Peach Sweet Tea Punch
Don’t leave the kids out of the party pitcher fun with this refreshing non-alcoholic agua fresca (Spanish for “fresh waters”). Popular in Mexico and Central America, our special recipe features one of our favorite summertime fruits, watermelon.
Get the recipe: Watermelon Agua Fresca