You Can Still Be The Life Of The Party With These Easy Cocktail Swaps
Tequila is not the enemy, my friends. Yes, we all drank too much in college and probably had a moment (or a few years) where you couldn’t stomach the sight of the stuff. But did you ever think that maybe the margarita mix that was at least partially to blame for the pain that ensued the next morning?
When you’re hungover, you’re essentially dehydrated and feeling depleted from the sugar high of the night before. My rule: try to drink a little less and a little better.
By cutting out sugar, making your cocktail a little more hydrating and perhaps upgrading your liquor choice a notch (sorry Popov), you could be saving yourself from a massive headache. Try these cocktail hacks next time you’re at the bar. Olé!
MARGARITA—TRY A TEQUILA FRESH LIME SODA
Tequila is made from pure agave, and has a relatively low glycemic index (which means it raises your blood sugar less than other alcohols). Try a good tequila, mixed with soda and lots of fresh lime juice.
MOJITO—TRY RUM AND COCONUT WITH LIME, FRESH MINT AND RAW AGAVE
Mojitos are darn good. And no, it’s not because rum is delicious, it’s because it’s full of sugar (are you noticing a trend here?). Try mixing rum with hydrating coconut water and seltzer, lime juice, mint and a dash of raw agave if you want a little sweetness.
G&T—TRY GIN WITH SODA, FRESH LEMON JUICE AND HERBS
The gin isn’t the biggest issue here—it’s the tonic water, which is just like any other soda: full of sugar. Try ditching tonic for soda water and adding some citrus juice and maybe some herbs, like rosemary or mint.
APEROL SPRITZ—TRY A CAMPARI SODA
Aperol Spritz is like summer’s anthem: sweet, refreshing and you can drink them all day. But Aperol, as delicious as it is, is really sweet and the drink is normally topped with cheap Prosecco, which is a recipe for a hangover. If you’re looking for an afternoon mixer, try a Campari soda. Bonus: Campari is a digestif—or bitter, which is said to help aid digestion.