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Does anyone look forward to happy hour as much as I do? This girl loves a good cocktail, but as I’ve mentioned in the past I’m also on a strict new lifestyle. I’ve recently changed ALL of my eating habits in order to live a happier and healthier life. (You can read the introduction to that in this post from the archives.) It all started a couple years back when I had to have my gallbladder taken out in an emergency operation. I quickly realized that something had to change! Almost three years later and I’m still learning!
There’s no denying a girl a good cocktail after a tough day. Am I right?! I attempted dry January last month, but sort of failed, hence the word “attempt.” Dry January taught me that you don’t have to sacrifice what you enjoy, you just have to make alterations to the normal. One easy adjustment I’ve made is to make sure I’m drinking and eating organic foods. Using Ocean Spray® 100% Juice Organic as a mixer when it comes to cocktails has been a game changer.
I recently discovered this new product when shopping at our local Acme store here in Ocean City. Ocean Spray® Organic 100% Juices are fresh from the farm, and from a good place. I picked up the Ocean Spray® 100% Juice Organic Cranberry, Ocean Spray® 100% Juice Organic Cranberry Apple, Ocean Spray® 100% Juice Organic Cranberry Blueberry flavors. If you don’t have an Acme, you can shop online and save $2.00 on one bottle of Ocean Spray® Organic 100% Juices.
- 1 cup of blueberries
- 1 cup of raspberries
- 6 oz of Vodka of choice
- 1 oz Red wine of choice
- 2 oz Ocean Spray® 100% Juice Organic Cranberry Blueberry
- First to make your infused vodka, place fresh fruit in vodka and let sit minimum of 36 hours. Chill if you'd like.
- In a glass, muddle your fruit and then put ice in the glass.
- Combine your vodka and juice in a mixer and pour over ice.
- Finally, pour in your red wine as a floater.
- Garnish with fresh fruit and enjoy!
This Cranberry Blueberry Smash Punch is a great guilt-free way of enjoying a cocktail at the end of a long, hard day. The fruit taste is refreshing, while the splash of wine makes it taste more like a sweet sangria. It’s just so good! The key to this cocktail is the infused vodka. Flavored vodka you’ll find at the store tastes good, but there’s a lot of artificial sweeteners and things like that in them. Infused vodka is great to keep on hand to create an unexpected drink for friends!
Simple swaps in your day make living a healthier lifestyle that must more reachable. I used to drink around 3 sodas a day, where as now I stick to one and make it something that I look forward to. Instead of soda, try a glass of juice or flavored water. Sometimes the flavor is what you’re craving!