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.
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.
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.
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.
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.