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Holiday-Themed Cocktails...With a Heathy Twist

[fa icon="calendar"] Dec 4, 2018 9:46:37 AM / by Lance Bennett

Lance Bennett

HolidaysCocktails_2018What brings people together at the holidays more than seasonal drinks? We also know these tasty alcoholic beverages aren’t good for us, especially high caloric cocktails such as eggnog or cream based drinks that can be over 225 calories and 10 grams of fat per drink.

Beverages like these are basically a meal in a mug... and not a healthy meal either. Take a look at a few holiday cocktails from the AGS team that might not stretch your waist size as much as some of the more traditional, well known holiday concoctions.

These delicious drink suggestions have ingredients like mint, rosemary, sage, ginger, lemon, cinnamon, and cranberries.  These ingredients can actually have some health benefits as well!


HolidayCocktails_2018_3Holiday Moscow Mule 

~125 calories per serving

This Holiday Moscow Mule cocktail has fresh mint, ginger, and just a splash of cranberry for a festive and low-calorie healthier holiday cocktail. The fun garnishes on this beverage take this cocktail from special to spectacular, and we promise this is the perfect signature cocktail to share with friends. We love this drink because it is low in calories, but loaded with fresh mint and bright holiday flavors. 


Total Time: 5 minutes


1 shot of vodka
1/2 can of Ginger beer (We used Q Ginger Beer)
1 shot of cranberry juice
4 fresh mint leaves and 1 slice of fresh ginger, peeled and muddled
Copper Moscow Mule cup...just seems to make it taste better!

Optional Garnishes:
Lime wedge
Orange peel curl
Cinnamon stick
Sugar dusted cranberries



  • Muddle the fresh mint and ginger or chop very fine.
  • Add ice to your copper mug.
  • Pour in the vodka, ginger beer, and cranberry juice.
  • Add in garnishes for visual appeal.
  • Sugar dusted cranberries -- to make these, rinse cranberries with water and just sprinkle with sugar.


Nutrition Information Per Serving

Serving Size: 1 cocktail

Calories: 128

Carbohydrates: 15 gram(s)

Sugar: 18 gram(s)


HolidayCocktails_2018_2Skinny Eggnog 

~110 calories per serving

Try this creamy and delicious low-calorie eggnog recipe that tastes even better than high calorie versions. This healthier homemade skinny eggnog recipe is made with real Vanilla beans and tastes incredible hot or cold. You can make this recipe ahead of time and it keeps for several days if refrigerated. This drink doesn’t skimp on that rich, holiday spice filled eggnog flavor, and you won’t miss those extra 117 extra calories you will find in many pre-mixed versions.



3 cups 1% milk
1 Vanilla bean
2 large eggs
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp cornstarch
Freshly grated Nutmeg, for garnish
Spiced Rum or Bourbon (optional, extra points)



  • Heat 2-1/2 cups milk in a medium saucepan.
  • Split the Vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape out the seeds; add the seeds and pod to the saucepan and simmer over medium heat.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, sugar and cornstarch until it turns light yellow.
  • Temper the eggs by gradually pouring the hot milk mixture, about 1 cup at a time, into the egg mixture, whisking constantly (this is important, otherwise you’ll make scrambled eggs).
  • Pour the mixture back into the pan.
  • Place over medium heat and stir constantly with a wooden spoon until the eggnog begins to thicken, about 6-7 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and immediately stir in the remaining 1/2 cup milk to stop the cooking.
  • Remove the Vanilla pod, let it cool and transfer to a pitcher, chill until ready to serve.
  • Spike the eggnog with liquor, if desired (extra points), and garnish with Nutmeg.

Nutrition Information 

Yield: 7 servings, Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Amount Per Serving:

Calories: 110 calories

Total Fat: 2.5g

Saturated Fat: g

Cholesterol: mg

Sodium: mg

Carbohydrates: 15.3g

Fiber: 0g

Sugar: g

Protein: 5.3g


HolidayCocktails_2018_1Christmas Sangria

~115 calories per serving

This delicious Christmas Sangria is so easy to make and tastes incredible! Infused with rosemary, apple cider, and fruit this healthier holiday beverage screams holiday fun!

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 5 serving(s)



1 bottle Pinot Grigio (we used the Barefoot brand)

1/4 cup of apple cider

6 whole cranberries

6 cranberries cut in half

1/2 a golden delicious apple cut into chunks

8 sprigs of Rosemary



  • Cut 6 cranberries in half, and chop 1/2 half of a golden delicious apple into chunks.
  • Pour Pinot Grigio into a pitcher or your desired serving container, and add in all the cranberries, rosemary, and apple.
  • Let the Sangria chill for at least four hours before serving,  and garnish each glass with a sprig of fresh Rosemary.


Nutrition Information Per Serving

Serving Size: 1 glass

Calories: 115

Carbohydrates: 10 gram(s)

Sugar: 6 gram(s)

Sangria is a festive way to infuse wine with fresh fruits herbs. In this recipe, we used cranberries, apples, and fresh rosemary to take this wine from ordinary to extraordinary!


Finally, remember to drink one glass of water for every alcoholic beverage and always practice portion-control when eating and drinking. Drink in moderation and remember hydration is key to avoiding that dreaded holiday hangover! Also check out another recipe blog we published by clicking here.


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Topics: Holiday Recipes, Holiday Health & Wellness

Lance Bennett

Written by Lance Bennett

Lance Bennett is the Co-Founder of Advanced Genomic Solutions. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and former US Army Intelligence Officer. He has nearly 20 years experience in the biotechnology and genetics sector.

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