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Five healthy drink swaps to keep you cool all summer

Overdid it on the wine during lockdown? Get your chops round these healthy cocktails (and mocktails), all light on calories and packed full of botanicals. You'll be glowing in no time.

Not that we need an excuse for a cocktail – or mocktail – here at Muddy HQ but we’ve just discovered Sussex-based healthy tonic brand Gallybird and we’re revolutionising our post-work tipples with this calorie and sugar-free premium tonic.

The idea came about when founder Fo was so shocked she couldn’t find a high-end sugar-free tonic that wasn’t packed full of artificial additives she took to her kitchen to make her own. The result is a premium tonic water made with plant extracts. The original botanical blend – think a cross between a tonic and a soda – was joined by a classic Indian tonic earlier this year.

Here’s how we’ve been enjoying it and other quirky healthier drinks brands.


Gallybird & Black Cow

Not a band name (although we’d listen) but a blend of Gallybird and Dorset-made Black Cow. Without a doubt, this is the most virtuous vodka and tonic you’ll ever enjoy and the fresh tonic allows the subtle flavours of this smooth vodka to take centre stage. Black Cow is made entirely from whey, sourced from grass-fed cows. Yes, you read that right, a milk vodka.

Pour one measure of vodka over ice and a slice and add Gallybird to taste.

Ultimate healthy G&T

OK look, there’s a limit to how ‘healthy’ a G&T can truly be but by combining sugar and calorie-free Gallybird with Collagin, the brainchild of Oxford-based Camilla and Liz, you’ve got to be getting close. Collagin really does what it says on the label – combines a dose of collagen with your G&T. Beauty never tasted so refreshing! Pop in a slice of lime and a stick of celery for added vitamin C.

Binary Botanical

Is it a beer? Is it a wine? Is it somewhere between the two? Whatever you want to call it, it’s low in calories and won’t have you squiffy after a second glass.

This new generation alcoholic bevvy is in fact a beer, but it’s been brewed with organic hop leaves to taste tangy rather than bitter – so you can drink it like you might a wine. Or Prosecco.

Produced in Surrey by the Good Living Brewing Company, Binary Botanical has been billed as a beer for wine lovers. It’s light and refreshing, and easy to drink – which makes it pretty perfect for a warm summer’s day.


Garden Sundowner

Whizz up this blend of Seedlip Garden 108, an alcohol-free distilled spirit combining peas, hay and garden herbs, and Gallybird Botanical for a refreshing mocktail that tastes like a summer’s day. Garnish with a ribbon of cucumber plus a leaf or two of basil. It’s practically medicine in a glass.

Feel the Beet

And now for something totally different. This variation on an espresso martini looks and sounds bonkers but it tastes amazing and beetroot and apple pack a serious nutritional punch. That sneaky caffeine hit will give you a bit of a buzz too. This one’s created by Clayton’s in Marlow, one of Muddy ed-in-chief Hero’s favourite haunts. Shake together a fresh shot of espresso, Beet it beetroot and apple juice, and a dash of honey syrup. Make sure you shake hard enough to create that distinctive pink froth!

1 comment on “Five healthy drink swaps to keep you cool all summer”

  • penny July 29, 2020

    They sound wonderful drinks – I shall go and find them locally!


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