The warm floral notes of elderflower liqueur pair with sparkling juices to create a lower-calorie but perfectly sweetened bubbly cocktail.
This post is brought to you by KeVita, because healthful changes aren’t made only by what you eat, but also what you drink.
It’s the subtle shifts that make all the difference.
Parking in the farther spot instead of circling the lot five times for the closer one will add another 100 steps to your Fitbit. A little less makeup makes you look younger. Simplifying your wardrobe and paring down what’s in your closet takes the guesswork out of what in the heck are you going to wear today and why doesn’t anything fit?
These little changes all add up to a cause for celebration rather than deprivation.
In 2016 I’m making changes in my life, health, and purpose but with thoughtful intention rather than total deprivation. After all these years, I’ve learned I can still be healthy without skipping special dinners, dessert, or drinks, and that as long as I alter my indulgences, there’s still room to enjoy them.
Over the past few years I’ve become a fan of the mixed drink and while I don’t yet consider myself a mixologist, my preference for white wine has made space to play bartender, to come up with different, healthier ways to consume my alcoholic sips. Because if there’s one thing I’ve learned about myself, it’s that if there’s a party with family or brunch with friends, it’s pretty far fetched that I’m going to abstain 100% from joining in the drink.
Instead, I’m making my choices a little healthier.
So when KeVita asked me to create a recipe featuring their sparkling probiotic drinks, I knew exactly what it was going to entail.
Bring Me the Bubbles
When thinking about this cocktail creation, I realized KeVita’s Sparkling Probiotic Drink would offer a lighter fruit flavor to my cocktail along with some pretty notable health benefits and plenty of fizz. KeVita is a sparkling probiotic drink that supports immunity and digestive health thanks to its millions of live probiotics similar to what you’d find in yogurt. But unlike yogurt, it’s dairy free. It’s also certified organic, non-GMO and their ingredients are the purest available.
The end result? I skipped the effervescence of soda water and champagne for KeVita to create a sparkling cocktail that’s bringing a dose of healthy to the party.
About the Recipe
I used KeVita’s Blueberry Cherry flavor for this cocktail. I’ve had it on its own and it’s refreshingly tasty. It’s balanced fruity flavor mixed perfectly with the slightly sweet floral of Elderflower liqueur, making it an easy way to completely skip simple syrup in this recipe. At only 25 calories per bottle of KeVita, that little change dropped my sippable calorie count to within a totally acceptable range while still feeling festive. I’ve purchased it from my local Kroger in the health food section and you can find it in your nearest store here.
I used vodka as the main alcohol in this recipe, but the variety of KeVita fruit flavors offer options for pairing with different alcohols and the elderflower liqueur. Tangerine and pomegranate are also obvious options for pairing with vodka. Hibiscus berry or lemon ginger would make a delicious gin based martini. Tequila added to their mojita lime mint coconut flavor adds a jigger and shake to your cocktail shaker.
Elderflower liqueur has seen a surge of popularity over the past few years and just a small amount adds a flavor that is subtle but unique. It’s harvested just 6 weeks a year in the French Alps with aromatic sweet and floral hints of pear and lychee and sold under the brand St. Germain. It’s one of those ingredients that makes your guests think you’re a far more qualified bartender than you really are.
I skewered fresh berries on small toothpicks (I wished I’d had these picks) and then popped them in the freezer for a chilled garnish. Marachino cherries (I prefer the real deal maraschino cherries instead of the fluorescent ones you find in the baking aisle), citrus peels, fresh herbs or even edible flowers would also dress up this drink.
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- 1½ ounces vodka
- ½ ounce elderflower liqueur, such as St. Germaine
- 4 ounces KeVita Cherry Blueberry Sparkling Probiotic Drink
- Fresh berries or maraschino cherries for garnish
- In a mixing glass or shaker, add a handful of ice cubes. Add the vodka and elderflower liqueur and stir with the ice. Add the sparkling drink and stir to blend. Strain into a cocktail or martini glass and garnish with fresh berries or cherries.
This post is sponsored by KeVita. As always, thank you for reading and supporting companies I partner with, which allows me to create more unique content and recipes for you. All opinions are always my own.
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