If you’re following the 21 Day Fix program you have surely noticed that the nutrition plan allows for wine and other treats in moderation and provides a way to track what you’re indulging in. Genius!
That is one of the main reasons I was drawn to 21 Day Fix in the first place, it does leave room for LIFE to happen. That was really important for me and the way I live my life. We are all going to restaurants and parties, we are all going to have vacations and special occasions to face, so it makes sense to learn a healthier way to eat, and especially drink, in those scenarios.
That has been my focus since beginning my 21 Day Fix journey in October 2014. I’ve been following the program with great success! My proudest achievement in this journey is not that I’ve lost 20 lbs, but that I’ve been able to do it without feeling like I’m sacrificing anything. I still drink, I still go out. I’m just doing it with the strategic eye for ingredients, portion and moderation that I’ve learned from the 21 Day Fix program. I’ve made my lifestyle healthier. The operative word here is LIFESTYLE. Because this is not a diet, it’s a lifestyle.
And my lifestyle happens to include cocktails. I am a total cocktail nerd. I love to shake some up at home, play with flavors, go to special bars and restaurants all over the country that celebrate them, learn the history of the ingredients and recipes. It’s as interesting to me as food. I’m a bit of a foodie too.
So what about 21 Day Fix Cocktails, you ask?
When I heard that the 21 Day Fix creator Autumn Calabrese was coming out with a 21 Day Fix cookbook this summer I was secretly hoping there would be 21 Day Fix cocktail recipes in there too. Low and behold, there will be! I am DYING to see how Autumn tracks and portions the recipes, since I’ve just been doing it my own way since I started.
Now, my own way is carefully thought out and in complete consideration of all the program’s nutritional guidelines… but I can’t truly say it’s by the book, since it’s not in the book. But that didn’t stop me! I took the spirit of the program and applied it to what I was already doing in my home bar which is a paleo-friendly and relatively low carb approach to cocktails, featuring fresh and natural ingredients. The result is a healthy (OK, healthier) cocktail that fits into the 21 Day Fix program and won’t derail you on your health and fitness journey!
The first 21 Day Fix Cocktail Recipe I created is a 21 Day Fix Daiquiri. This recipe was inspired by the classic cocktail called the Hemingway Daiquiri, with a few tweaks to keep it as natural and paleo friendly as possible.
21 Day Fix Daiquiri Recipe
- 1.5 oz white rum
- 1 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
- 1 oz honey simple syrup
- 2 dashes orange bitters
- lime wheel garnish
21 Day Fix Daiquiri Directions
I made the honey simple syrup on the fly by taking 4 teaspoons of filtered water and 1 teaspoon of raw local honey and stirring them together in a little bowl. I then zapped it in the microwave to help the honey dissolve more evenly. This made exactly 1 oz that I used in the Daiquiri, no more no less. You can always make simple syrups in larger batches on the stove top, the idea is to dissolve your natural sweetener in water over low heat and then store it in a mason jar in the fridge for about a week. Or you can just make what you need on the spot, as I did here.
Once your honey simple syrup is prepped you are ready to shake up the 21 Day Fix Daiquiri! Just shake ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker. Serve in chilled glass. Garnish with two dashes orange bitters (optional) and lime wheel.
On the 21 Day Fix this counts as 1 Yellow & 1 tsp.