You Won’t Be Able to Pour These Boozy Health-Conscious Cocktails Fast Enough for Guests

It’s hard to believe we’re already cruising toward mid-July, when it still feels like the pools have barely just opened. That doesn’t mean there’s not still plenty of partying and entertaining left to be done before this summer is done. If you’re as much fun as we know you are (as evidenced by the fact that you swung by here to see what’s up) then you know that by “partying” we mean drinking, and by “entertaining” we mean cocktails.

For those of you whose faces have just twisted up into a disapproving fixture at our perceived comfort with overindulgence, you might be pleased to know that these cocktails were fashioned with consideration for the fact that more people nowadays are seeking out cocktails with a nutritional boost and more subtle alcohol. Created by mixologists at top-tier resort and hotel bars throughout the U.S., these herbaceous drinks fill that bill, drawing on the likes of kombucha, cucumbers, ginger, and wheatgrass in addition to fresh fruit and herbs. Add a couple of these to your drink menu, and mean it in the literal sense the next time you toast a friend with, “To your health!”


 Ronin Punch
(jade bar at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa)

This good-for-you cocktail has a low alcohol content and kombucha, which aids digestion and boosts gut health.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Tyku Sake
  • .5 oz. Yuzu
  • .25 oz. honey
  • .25 oz. ginger simple syrup
  • Splash of ginger kombucha
  • Thai basil sprig

Procedure:

Combine the first four ingredients and mix. Top off with ginger kombucha. Garnish with Thai basil.


Botanical Splash
(3800 Ocean at Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa)

Chlorophyll-packed wheatgrass and lavender bitters make this a nutritional powerhouse.

Ingredients:

  • Cucumber slice
  • Lemon slice
  • A small handful of fresh wheatgrass
  • 2 oz. Oceans Organic Vodka
  • 2 oz. cucumber/wheatgrass simple syrup
  • 1 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 4 drops lavender bitters

Procedure:

Add vodka, simple syrup, lemon juice and lavender bitters to a cocktail shaker, and shake with ice. Strain into a tall glass with cucumber slice, lemon slice, wheatgrass and ice.


Mellow Yellow
(KANU at Whiteface Lodge)

Turmeric has been valued since ancient times as an anti-inflammatory while fresh orange juice is full of vitamin C.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. plantation rum
  • 4 oz. turmeric orange juice (recipe follows)
  • Splash of club soda
  • Strawberry slice for garnish

Procedure:

Build ingredients in glass, topped with club soda splash. Garnish with a strawberry slice.

Turmeric orange juice (makes one quart)

  • .75 quart orange juice
  • 4 tbsp. turmeric powder
  • 4 oz. lime juice
  • 3 oz. almond syrup
  • Zest of one orange, lime and lemon
  • 10 clove pods

Add ingredients to a pot and simmer for 20 minutes. Let cool, then strain through a fine cheese cloth.


The Gimme
(STICKS Bar & Grill at The Inn at Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach Resorts)

Antioxidant-rich blueberries are the star of this new addition to the summer cocktail line-up at STICKS.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Absolut Vodka
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz. blueberry agave syrup (recipe follows)
  • 3 oz. ginger beer
  • 1 oz. club soda
  • 4 blueberries for garnish
  • 1 mint sprig for garnish

Procedure:

Add vodka, blueberry agave nectar, fresh lime and ice to a 16-oz. glass.  Stir to incorporate and chill. Add ginger beer and club soda, and stir again; this time, make sure to bring the bottom of the glass contents up through the carbonated mixers.  Garnish with blueberries. Remove the lower mint leaves from stem. Bruise mint sprig to allow the mint oils and aromatics to be expressed.  Add as garnish.

Blueberry agave syrup

  • 6 oz. fresh blueberries
  • 1 oz. granulated white sugar
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 2 oz. water
  • 6 oz. agave nectar

In a small sauce pan, combine all ingredients, except agave, and heat on medium low until the blueberries start to soften.  Remove from heat and place in blender. Add agave nectar and blend until mixture is thoroughly incorporated in agave nectar.


Fizzy Pink
(Gaby Brasserie Française at Sofitel New York)

Grapefruit and pomegranate are dense in nutrients while gin, made from juniper berries, offers its own surprising health benefits — aiding kidney and liver function and warding off colds and congestion to keep you “in the pink.”

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. gin
  • .75 oz. grapefruit juice
  • .75oz. pomegranate juice
  • Splash of club soda

Procedure:

Combine gin, grapefruit juice and pomegranate juice in a mixing glass filled with ice. Mix and strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice. Top up with club soda.


Cucumber Collins
(W XYZ Bar at Aloft Boston Seaport)

In additional to its digestive benefits, gin has been touted for reducing arthritis symptoms. Cucumber puree is low in sugar, high in water, and rich in B vitamins. 

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. Beefeater Gin
  • .75 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • .75 oz. simple syrup
  • .5 oz. cucumber puree
  • Splash of club soda

Procedure:

Combine and shake ingredients, then pour over ice.


Quilt & Stone
(Ninety Acres at Natirar)

Fresh summer peaches add nutritional punch to this seasonal treat.

Ingredients:

  • 1.75 oz. Famous Grouse blended Scotch whisky
  • .75 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz. thyme-infused honey
  • 2 bar spoons fresh roasted peach puree
  • .25 oz. crème de peche
  • Peach slice and thyme sprig for garnish

Procedure:

Shake first four ingredients with some fresh thyme. Strain over ice into rocks glass. Garnish with peach slice and thyme sprig.


Lighthouse Lemonade
(Lighthouse Grill at Harbor View Hotel)

Light, crisp, sparkling and herbaceous – the perfect summer drink.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz. St George Citrus Vodka
  • 3 oz. home-made lemonade (recipe follows)
  • 2 oz. Prosecco
  • 1 lemon wheel
  • Fresh mint
  • Fresh thyme

Procedure:

Build directly into a highball glass, add ice, and roll once. Garnish with lemon wheel on a pick and a spring each of mint and thyme.

Homemade lemonade

Mix one part each fresh lemon juice, simple syrup and water.


The Clean Shave
(Eleven Waters at Marriott Syracuse Downtown)

Cool as a cucumber, with all of its health benefits – B vitamins and high water content.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. Knapp Distillery’s Cucumber Vodka
  • 1 oz. Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur
  • .5 oz. fresh cucumber puree
  • .5 oz. lemon juice
  • Splash of Saranac Ginger Beer

Procedure:

Shake first four ingredients, then pour into tall glass over ice. Top with Saranac Ginger Beer.


Pineapple Smash
(McCoy’s Oceanfront at Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa)

Chock full of fresh pineapple – high in vitamin C and fiber – and bursting with tropical flavor.

Ingredients:                       

  • 1.5 oz.  Leblon Cachaca
  • 8 cubes fresh pineapple
  • .5 oz.  lime juice
  • .5 oz.  simple syrup
  • 1 pineapple wedge

Procedure:

Muddle pineapple cubes in shaker. Add simple syrup, Cachaca, and lime; shake hard 20 times. Pour into rocks glass. Garnish with pineapple slice.

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