3 gin smoothies for your New Year's 'diet'

New Year's diets can be bland and boring, so why not upgrade yours this year and turn it into something you'll actually want to follow? These gin smoothies take the fresh fruits and vegetables you're trying to eat more of and give them a delightfully boozy twist! We'll happily pretend these are helping us reach our fitness goals, one sip at a time...

Cucumber Mint Gin Cooler

Recipe adapted from Heather Cristo

(Makes 3 drinks)
165ml gin
150g cucumber, diced
2 tablespoons sugar
60ml lemon juice, freshly squeezed
12 mint leaves
cucumber slices, to garnish
mint leaves, to garnish
sparkling water

In a blender, combine diced cucumber, 12 mint leaves, sugar and lemon juice. Puree until smooth.
In glasses filled with ice, add 55ml gin to each glass and cucumber slices.
Fill glasses with the cucumber mixture until about 2/3 full. Top with sparkling water and stir.
Garnish with fresh mint and serve.

Strawberry Gin Smoothie

Photo:  Pixie Turner

Recipe adapted from Plant Based Pixie

(Makes 1 drink)
30ml gin
80g strawberries, frozen
1/2 lime, juiced
200ml sugar-free tonic water
more frozen strawberries, to garnish

In a blender, combine gin, frozen strawberries and lime and puree until smooth.
In a glass, add ice cubes and some frozen strawberries. Pour in mixture slowly, leaving room. Top with tonic water and serve.

Raspberry Gin Slushie

Photo:  Joy Wilson

Photo: Joy Wilson

Recipe adapted from Joy the Baker

(Makes 6 drinks)
140g ice
120-180ml sparkling water
120ml gin
6 tablespoons sugar
60ml lime juice, freshly squeezed
280g raspberries, frozen
lime slices, to garnish

In a blender, combine ice, sparkling water, gin, sugar, lime juice and raspberries and puree until smooth.
Garnish with lime slices and serve.