24 Zingin’ Paleo Cocktail Recipes
Post by Lucha: World traveler, culinary student and Media Director at Paleo Flourish Magazine. Lucha will try most food but prefers Indian, Thai and Mexican food above all else. She is currently either cooking, eating, grocery shopping, or browsing recipes on Pinterest.
Despite alcohol not being the healthiest thing for you, I’m partial to the motto, ‘everything in moderation.’
That even goes for dietary restrictions. So sometimes I indulge a little, even though I usually try to find a trade off, such as mixing a wee bit of vodka into an otherwise very healthy and antioxidant rich fruit drink. (we previously wrote a post on how to drink alcohol without ruining your Paleo diet, which you can read for some more great tips and pointers.)
Whether you are letting loose after a long week at the office, or just getting in the spirit (no pun intended) at a party with your favorite “mocktail”, there are plenty of healthier cocktail options for Paleo people. While beer is a big no-no, there are still plenty of great cocktails and mocktails to try.
So pull up a chaise longue, get out the tiny umbrellas and try one of these Paleo cocktail recipes to beat the summer heat!
Top 10 Paleo Cocktail Recipes
While I love a good cranberry cocktail, I also appreciate the easy-to-follow instructions on how to make your own infused vodka. (Photo credit: Rach from Meatified.)
Ingredients: fresh cranberries, vodka.
Within this margarita recipe, Kelly Bejelly offers up an amazing Paleo-friendly simple syrup recipe that can be used here and in other cocktails that require simple syrup. (Photo credit: Kelly of A Girl Worth Saving.)
Ingredients: tequila, raw local honey, whole citrus juice, chili powder, salt, lime juice.
This colorful and fruity drink is perfect for summer and works great as a mocktail or as a cocktail with a clear liquor added. (Photo credit: Linda Wagner.)
Ingredients: sparkling mineral water, lemons, liquid stevia, ice, blueberries, strawberries, peaches, mint.
This simple lemon drink is the perfect refreshment for a hot summer day. (Photo credit: Courtney of Naked Avocado.)
Ingredients: lemon juice, lemon vodka or regular vodka, club soda or sparkling water, liquid stevia, lemon slices.
Mojitos are one of my favorite drinks (virgin or otherwise) and this beauty includes some non-traditional fruit additions, which make it even tastier. (Photo credit: Rose of The Clean Dish.)
Ingredients: ice, watermelon juice, white rum, mint, lime juice, blueberries, sparkling water.
Sure this drink has festive red and green colors, but you don’t have to wait until the holidays roll around to try it. It’s perfect as soon as pomegranate season arrives! (Photo credit: Ricki Heller.)
Ingredients: large leaves kale, pomegranate arils, fresh or frozen cranberries, pear, fresh ginger, fresh mint leaves, stevia.
This autumn-themed Paleo cocktail includes a syrup recipe that is to-die for, filled with flavorful spices like ginger, cinnamon and cloves. I love it! (Photo credit: Cassy Joy of Fed & Fit.)
Ingredients: honey, ground ginger, ground cinnamon, ground cloves, orange juice, whiskey or bourbon, prosecco, rosemary.
A few good drink options for summer are included here. All of them feature directions for a simple honey syrup that is very versatile. (Photo credit: Dana of Cavewoman Cafe.)
Ingredients: simple honey syrup, grapefruit or orange juice, rosemary, white rum or vodka, club soda.
This fruity tequila drink includes a recipe for Paleo-friendly molasses. (Photo credit: Danielle of Fresh 4 Five.)
Ingredients: 100% Agave tequila, Pomegranate molasses (pomegranate juice, maple syrup and fresh orange juice), orange slices, sparkling water, pomegranate seeds.
Another awesome variation on the mojito, this yummy blackberry mojito from South Beach Primal uses honey as a natural sweetener.
Ingredients: organic blackberries, mint leaves, lime slices, raw honey, sparkling mineral water, ice.
Ancestral Chef’s Paleo Cocktail Recipes
Ingredients: lime, seltzer water, salt.
Ingredients: cucumber, celery stalks, lime, water, ice, vodka or other hard liquor (optional!).