25 Healthier Seasonal Drinks

Sip on luscious holiday cocktails without the guilt!

The perfect holiday latte does exist!

Looking for some healthy seasonal drinks or healthier holiday cocktails? We’ve put together a list of the best sounding healthy smoothies, cocktails, coffee, and tea drinks on the web for the holiday season. They all contain fresh, healthful ingredients instead of artificial flavorings, or they are lighter than traditional recipes.

In some of the recipes, we’ve made some suggestions for swapping out certain ingredients for leaner, clean-“drinking” ones. Enjoy!

25 Healthy Winter Drinks:


1. Mint and Cumin Salted Lassi (Joy the Baker)  A lassi is an Indian style smoothie of sorts. It’s a yogurt based drink, and the most popular type is a mango and yogurt blend. This latte is more savory than sweet, it’s so cooling yet wintery and healthy. Perfect for after a workout, or with breakfast. Use nonfat or low fat Greek-style plain yogurt, instead of whole milk yogurt and just add more water to get  a more smoothie-like texture if necessary. Lowfat or nonfat Greek-style will give the drink creaminess without the fat of whole dairy.

2. Winter Smoothie (Nourishing Meals)  Restore and energize with this smoothie that’s packed with nutritious ingredients. Cold, indoor months and holiday parties can take a toll on the immune system. This smoothie has apples, ginger, pears, and cranberries and is packed with leafy greens like kale, making for a whole lot of health-bolstering vitamins and nutrients in each glass.

3. Tropical Sunshine Smoothie (Edible Perspective)  Feeling envious of others’ Caribbean vacations? Treat yourself to this tropical smoothie as a little healthy escape in a glass. A blend of coconut, pineapple, and other fruits of the tropics can offer the perfect pick me up for any winter doldrums.

4. Banana Chai Smoothie (Feed Me Phoebe)  For an autumn smoothie,   The warming chai spices like the cinnamon and nutmeg go well with the banana. (Pictured top)

5. Pumpkin Pie Milkshake (Closet Cooking)  This pumpkin pie milkshake is fresh and delicious. Make sure to use pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling. There is a recipe link on this post to make it fresh, if desired. Maple syrup can be used in place of the brown sugar in the shake, and use a vanilla frozen yogurt that does not contain cane sugar if possible, such as .

6. Healthy Peanut Butter, Banana, and Honey Milkshake (An Edible Mosaic)  Cinnamon, crunchy peanut butter, creamy banana, and honey blend with icy milk to create a milkshake you can feel good about drinking!


7. Dark and Stormy (Foodess)  A great fall rainy evening cocktail, ginger, rum, chiles, and cinnamon make this cocktail feisty and intense, yet sweet.

8. Apple Basil Mojito (Cheeky Kitchen)  Love this autumn Apple-Basil Mojito recipe that uses apple juice concentrate for the sweetener. Can’t find fresh basil in autumn and winter? Why, use the traditional ingredient, mint, for an apple mojito recipe. Tarragon may also work.

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9. Pineapple Ginger Sparkling Wine (David Lebovitiz) We’d use palm sugar or sucanat for the small amount of sugar in this spritzer, or no sweetener as the pineapple is sweet enough, but loving this Pineapple Ginger Sparkling Wine Cocktail.

10. White Kiwi Apple Sangria (A Cozy Kitchen)  Orange liqueur and green apples added to white wine make this a winter sangria great for the holidays.

11. Clementine and Red Wine Spritzers (Joy the Baker)  Love this recipe for Clementine and red wine spritzers, but would be sure to use an all fruit- juice sweetened citrus soda when making it such as Fizzy Lizzy or Izze

12. Bloody Marias (Feed Me Phoebe)  Warm up at a blustery, wintery Sunday morning brunch with this classic Bloody Mary. This uses Sriracha, an ginger and chile Thai-style hotsauce that is becoming widely available (and popular), for the hot sauce but another hot sauce of choice could easily be used.

13. Blood Orange Margaritas (Smitten Kitchen)  No fake sour mix is needed for this margarita. Fresh squeezed ruby-red blood orange and lime juice make this a festive drink for any holiday parties.


14. Pomegranate and Ginger Mulled Wine (A Beautiful Mess)  Red wine, honey, cinnamon, ginger, and pomegranate juice make an antioxidant rich, yummy hot drink to bring on any holiday cheer. And it’s super easy to make!

15. Hot Toddy (A Beautiful Mess)  This simple combination of tea,  whiskey, honey, lemon and hot water is an old fashioned cure for the common cold.

16. Slimmed-Down Eggnog (Snack Girl)  This lightened up creamy eggnog looks yummy and festive. Just use coconut palm sugar, sucanat, or maple syrup in place of the sugar in this slimmed-down eggnog recipe.

17. Spiked Hot Chocolate (Feed Me Phoebe)  This is super simple to make because a hot chocolate mix is used. Try using a naturally sweetened hot chocolate mix that doesn’t contain refined cane sugar.

18.  Spiced Apple Cider (A Beautiful Mess)  A simple mug of warm, spiced cider with cinnamon and nutmeg can be the ultimate chilly weather treat. This short recipe makes it easy to prepare. The recipe calls for apple juice, but apple cider would work as well. And, apple juice or cider is so sweet by itself that no sugar is needed.


19. Vegan Chai Latte (Everyday Maven)  The almond milk and soy creamer called for in this recipe can either be replaced using almond milk for both, or using soy milk for both (to keep it vegan). If you are not vegan and want to use dairy skim or low fat milk can be used to substitute both. All of the wonderful spices in chai are here: fresh ginger root, peppercorns, cinnamon, and more.

20. Gingerbread Cafe Au Lait (Healthy Delicious)  ‘Tis the season for a gingerbread latte. We would make it healthier with a few modifications:  replace the light brown sugar with maple syrup or molasses and all of the white sugar with sucanat or palm sugar OR use all maple syrup in place of all of the sweeteners in this recipe. Use our whipped topping in place of the heavy cream and sugar whipped cream.

21. Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte (A Cozy Kitchen)  Nothing says fall or winter as much as pumpkin pie flavors in a luscious latte. This one’s been iced for a cooling version. You can also make a hot version, leaving out the ice. Use lowfat milk or skim milk OR even almond milk and maple syrup in place of the sugar. Maple goes well with pumpkin, but sucanat or palm sugar can also be used.

22. Pumpkin Pie White Hot Chocolate (Closet Cooking)  This white hot chocolate with pumpkin puree looks delicious. Skim or lowfat milk or almond milk can be used in place of the whole milk. If using skim or lowfat milk and a thicker smoothie is desired, simply whisk in a tablespoon of cornstarch when cooking the milk and other ingredients.

23. Rosemary Latte (A Beautiful Mess)  Very creative recipe using rosemary for a latte! Make a simple rosemary-infused honey syrup for a savory energizing and refreshing latte.

24. Cardamom Spiced Mocha (An Edible Mosaic)  What a treat! Cardamom adds the twist to this mocha. Instead of brown or turbinado sugar, coconut palm sugar, sucanat or maple would work well.

25. Oat Tea (An Edible Mosaic)  The blog says this oat and cinnamon tea can be restorative, strengthening the immune system and warding off colds. A soothing and simple winter drink, for when the body needs a rest from all the festive food and drink had during holiday season, we’ll give it a try.

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  1. Thanks for all the recipe shout outs! Great round-up.

    Only that first picture was taken by me, not Kristin Gladney 🙂



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