If you enjoy a nice Friday evening happy hour as much as I do, but don’t want to sacrifice your health goals this article is for you.

Not that the act of “happy hour-ing” is necessarily a health-improving activity (a girl can dream) but there are simple steps you can take to keep it on the healthier side: avoid a hangover, reduce sugar consumption, and stay hydrated. 

5 Happy Hour Health Hacks 

1. Mixers matter.

Case in point: I got fancy new Moscow mule glasses for christmas and was so excited to whip up some mules for my roommates and I. I started making them only to find out that the key ingredient, ginger beer, has 49g of sugar.

I don’t know about you, but I prefer not to load my drinks with sugar. So my recommendation is to look for a still-tasty, lower-sugar mixer as an option. For example, I opted for Honest Fizz Ginger Ale, a USDA organic soda sweetened with stevia.

Another easy way to make a reduced-sugar drink is to mix your alcohol with seltzer water and a splash of fruit juice.

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2. Flavor with fruit.

Lemons, limes, and crushed berries can pack some serious flavor, and work really well to disguise the alcohol taste in your drink.

For a fancy cocktail with all natural sugar, try some muddled raspberries shaken up with rum, lemon, and a little agave syrup. Then, top with fruity seltzer or an Honest Fizz Lemon Lime.

3. Go one for one.

Alcohol consumption leads to dehydration, so  drinking water is crucial to avoid a post happy hour hangover. Try going one for one with a glass of water after every alcoholic drink. 

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4. Keep it light.

Darker alcohols contain more congeners (toxic chemicals created during fermentation) which can intensify hangovers.

While darker drinks often contain more antioxidants, if you want to be feeling your best the morning after it’s best to opt for lighter liquor.

 5. Pace yourself.

Pouring responsibly means consuming a “standard” drink, which contains roughly 14 grams of pure alcohol. This is equal to:

  • 12 ounces of beer
  • 5 ounces of wine
  • 1.5 ounces of spirits

One standard drink per hour is an ideal pace, so try to put your drink down between sips and savor it slowly. 

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Use these 5 health hacks during your next happy hour, and you’ll wake up feeling like you spent the night in! 

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