Cutting out alcohol is definitely your best option if you're looking for quick weight loss, and some evidence suggests that it might be your healthiest option holistically. This is why it's not allowed on phases two or three of the 123Diet, but some people who are focused on maintaining their weight may eventually want to incorporate drinking back into their healthy lifestyle.

Those people may be in the mood for something a little tastier than a plain vodka soda or gin and tonic every now and again, which is where these three healthy cocktail recipes come in!

Instead of your usual mixers, these special cocktail recipes utilize the fresh, natural juices of healthy fruits like lemons, grapefruit, apples, and tomatoes, which will give you an antioxidant boost to help counteract the negative effects alcohol can have on your system.

These recipes also substitute added sugar for healthy stevia and swap the creamy and processed concoctions used in some cocktail recipes with clean metabolism-boosting ingredients like cayenne pepper, black pepper, hot sauce, and apple cider vinegar.

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Though you can sub in your liquor of choice, we suggest using vodka since, at only 100 calories per serving, it is among your lowest-calorie alcohol options. Studies also show that it can be more effective than other types of alcohol at relieving stress.

Other research shows that vodka may even be able to lower your cholesterol levels and improve your circulation. Additionally, since vodka does not contain any sugar itself, it may be able to lower your blood sugar level since your liver will temporarily be too "busy" processing the alcohol to release glucose.

You may also wish to take note of the fact that most flavor-infused vodkas don't actually have any more calories or sugar than most non-flavored versions, in case you'd like to experiment with some of the more exotic varieties. There are even specialized brands out there, like Skinnygirl and Smirnoff Light, which offer flavored vodkas that have less calories than the plain!

However, these varieties may also contain less alcohol, so your preference might depend on where your priorities lie; it'll likely only be a difference of twenty or thirty calories either way.

Meanwhile, for anyone who is currently on the 123Diet, pregnant, underage, or watching their alcohol intake for any other reason, these drink recipes are just as delicious as mocktails!

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Sparkling Apple Martini

yummy green apple martini

Get in your requisite apple a day the fun way with this delicious martini! Estimated nutritional value of 220 calories and .3 g fat.

Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook time
N/A
Yield
Makes 1 serving (1 fruit)

Ingredients

  • 1 apple juiced (pulp can be used for apple cookie recipe)
  • 6 ounces chilled sparkling mineral water
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Vanilla liquid stevia
  • Apple slice for garnish
  • 1 shot of vodka (optional)
  • Crushed ice (optional)

Directions
Combine apple and lemon juices with flavored stevia. If desired, add one shot of vodka. Add sparkling mineral water. If desired, add crushed ice. Serve in a martini glass with a slice or curl of apple peel for garnish. Works great with tangy apples like granny smith. For for a sweeter apple-tini you can use red delicious or another sweet apple.

Variations
For a caramel apple martini, add a little English toffee stevia instead of vanilla.

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Refreshing Grapefruit Martini

refreshing grapefruit martini

Chill out and cool off with help from this refreshing grapefruit martini! Estimated nutritional value of 152 calories and .2 g fat.

Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook time
N/A
Yield
Makes 1 serving (1 fruit)

Ingredients

  • Juice of ½ grapefruit
  • 5 ounces sparkling mineral water
  • Ice
  • Vanilla stevia to taste
  • 1 shot of vodka (optional)

Directions
Mix juice with stevia and pour over ice. Add shot of vodka if desired, then add sparkling mineral water and enjoy.

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Bloody Hot Thin Mary

bloody hot thin mary

Enjoy your Bloody Mary the skinny way with this hot metabolism-boosting recipe! Estimated nutritional value of 155 calories and .4 g fat.

Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook time
N/A
Yield
Makes 1 serving (1 vegetable)

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces fresh tomato juice
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • Cayenne pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • Celery salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 shot of vodka (if desired)

Directions
Add vinegar, lemon juice, and spices to fresh tomato juice. Add shot of vodka if desired. Stir well and serve over ice, with freshly ground black pepper. Garnish with celery or fruit if desired.

Variations
Add ¼ teaspoon horseradish.

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