Cheer: Better Bubbles

Americans love low-cal, carbonated water. This year, we'll drink 821 million gallons of it. Try it in these healthy Just Be Kitchen recipes.

Cranberry Margarita and friends.
Photo by Emily Teater

Cranberry Skinny Margarita

6 cranberries
1 1/2 oz. of your favorite tequila
1/2 oz. organic agave
1 1/2 oz. lime juice
1 oz. unsweetened orange juice
2 drops doTerra wild orange essential oil or orange extract (with as little alcohol as possible)
Sea salt
1/2 can lime LaCroix (or other sparkling water brand)

Add cranberries and tequila to a cocktail shaker, and muddle well to break down berries. Add next five ingredients; cap and shake vigorously. Pour into sea salt rimmed 16-oz. Mason jar and top with LaCroix. Garnish with cranberries and a sprig of rosemary.

Cucumber Basil G&T

3 cucumber slices
3 basil leaves or doTerra basil essential oil
2 lime wedges
1 1/2 oz. your favorite gin
6 oz. tonic water (Just Be uses sugar-free; you can also use lime sparkling water)
Basil leaf and cucumber slice for garnish.

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Add cucumber slices to cocktail shaker; gently muddle. Add basil and squeeze lime wedges into shaker; add gin and ice; shake vigorously. Pour into Mason jar and top with tonic water. Garnish with a clapped basil leaf (clap the leaf in your hands before setting it in the drink) and cucumber slice.

Just Be Kitchen
2364 15th St.