These Healthy NYC Cocktails Are *Practically* Good for You © Taylor Grote / Unsplash
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, $$ $ Ingredients:
Viva XXXII Joven Tequila, matcha tea, fresh cucumber, mint, lime.
Good for you because:
Matcha (finely ground, powdered green tea leaves) is packed with antioxidants. Studies show it can
improve your mood
and give you a sustained
without the jitters of coffee.
Garden Variety Margarita at The Wayland Bar, Cocktail Bar, Juice Bar, American, Pub Grub, $ $$ The Wayland is located between two public gardens | © Yasmin Alishav 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 Ingredients:
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, $ $$ Ingredients: Amaro Lucano, fresh juices of pineapple and lemon, house-made orgeat (sweet syrup made from almonds, sugar, and rose water), cracked pepper and soda water. Good for you because: This cocktail is low on alcohol and contains hydrating fruit juices and soda water to help prevent hangovers. Mace at Mace Bar, Cocktail Bar, American, $ $$ Employees Only | © Emilie Baltz Ingredients:
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
, an amino acid that helps aid detoxification.
Bison at Night of Joy Bar, Cocktail Bar, Pub Grub, $ $$ Brooklyn Flea | Courtesy Jess Dwyer