These Healthy NYC Cocktails Are *Practically* Good for You
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Between the alcohol and various syrupy additions to the ingredients list, cocktails are one of the most calorific and unhealthy vices. But if you avoid tiki-style, sugar-laden concoctions and pick beverages mixed with veggie juice and antioxidant-rich spices happy hour becomes a little healthier.
Detox Retox at Catch
Restaurant, Coffee Shop, Japanese, American, Seafood, $$$
Viva XXXII Joven Tequila, matcha tea, fresh cucumber, mint, lime. Good for you because:
Matcha (finely ground, powdered green tea leaves) is packed with antioxidants. Studies show it can improve your mood
and give you a sustained energy boost
without the jitters of coffee.
Garden Variety Margarita at The Wayland
Bar, Cocktail Bar, Juice Bar, American, Pub Grub, $$$
Ingredients: Blanco tequila, ginger and kale juice, lime, agave nectar, smoked sea salt. Good for you because: Kale is high in iron, vitamin K, and fatty acids which fight inflammation.
Ginger Rogers Sour at The Lucky Bee
Ingredients: Bourbon, fresh ginger juice, fresh lemon, lemongrass-infused honey.
Good for you because: Ginger is great for soothing the stomach and aiding digestion, which makes it an ideal complement for booze.
Casablanca at Slowly Shirley
Bar, Cocktail Bar, Pub Grub
Gin, rum, dates, turmeric, harissa, honey, lemon, Majon Dry Spanish Gin, Scarlet Ibis Trinidad Rum. Good for you because: Antioxidant-rich turmeric
fights inflammation, eases indigestion and can even boost your immunity.
Lowside Special at Fresh Kills
Bar, Cocktail Bar, Juice Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
Ingredients: Amaro Lucano, fresh juices of pineapple and lemon, house-made orgeat (sweet syrup made from almonds, sugar, and rose water), cracked pepper and soda water. Good for you because: This cocktail is low on alcohol and contains hydrating fruit juices and soda water to help prevent hangovers.
Mace at Mace
Cocktail Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
Aperol, aquavit, beet juice, orange acid, young Thai coconut cordial, mace mist Good for you because:
Besides being high in vitamin C and potassium, beets are also great for your liver, thanks to betaine
, an amino acid that helps aid detoxification.
Bison at Night of Joy
Bar, Cocktail Bar, Pub Grub, $$$