These Healthy NYC Cocktails Are *Practically* Good for You

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Wellness Editor17 October 2017

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, $$$
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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 energy boost without the jitters of coffee.

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.

Lowside Special at Fresh Kills

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Juice Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
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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, $$$
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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 betaine, an amino acid that helps aid detoxification.

Bison at Night of Joy

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
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Ingredients: Bison Grass Vodka, apple juice, goji berries

Good for you because: Goji berries are rich in antioxidants and contain the full spectrum of essential amino acids—eight in total. Crucially, they’ve also been shown to help stabilize blood sugar, which makes them a useful addition to any alcoholic beverage.
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