By Health
May 10, 2016

This article originally appeared on Health.By Beth Lipton 

If “cocktail time” conjures up sugary sips and hot wings, good news: We created three delicious recipes to sneak some veggies into happy hour. As you've probably heard, experts believe alcohol may carry some health perks, including reduced risk of heart disease and stroke—but only if you drink in moderation. That means one drink per day for women, which translates to 1.5 oz. of sprits like vodka and tequila. That's a good number to keep in mind when mixing up the concoctions below.

Just Beet It!Serves: 1

  • 2 Tbsp. beet juice
  • 4 Tbsp. (1/4 cup) carrot juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 to 1 oz. citrus vodka

Note: The formula for this cocktail is 1 part beet, 2 parts carrot, 4 parts orange, in case you want to scale up to make more drinks.

Bloody MariaYield: About 3 ½ cups

  • 2 cups organic low-sodium vegetable juice (such as R.W. Knudsen)
  • ½ cup salsa (mild, medium, or hot)
  • 4 oz. English cucumber (about 1/3 of a medium cucumber), peeled, halved lengthwise, seeds removed, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. lime juice (from 1 to 2 limes), plus extra limes for garnish (optional)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Raw honey, optional
  • Hot sauce, optional
  • Tequila

Green LightYield: About 2 cups

  • 2 oz. chopped Tuscan kale (about 2 packed cups)
  • ½ small pineapple (about 1 lb. 6 oz.), peeled, cored, chopped
  • 1 2-inch piece fresh ginger (about .5 oz.), peeled, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 8 oz. coconut water
  • Pinch of salt
  • Raw honey, optional
  • Rum (preferably light)

Place a fine-meshed sieve over a bowl. Working in batches, pour the kale mixture into the sieve, stirring and then pressing down on solids to extract as much juice as possible. Discard pulp between batches. You should end up with about 2 cups juice.Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add ½ to ¾ cup juice to shaker, along with ½ to 1 oz. rum. Shake well, then strain into a wineglass or champagne flute. Serve up.

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