4 "Healthy" Cocktails

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4 "Healthy" Cocktails

It seems like more people than ever have jumped on the dry January bandwagon. For those of you who aren’t aware, dry January is pretty self-explanatory: not drinking alcohol for January. It falls in line with New Year, New You, and all sorts of resolutions that are meant to last a year but are lucky if they last a week. I’m a firm believer in moderation and finding the middle ground. In pursuit of that middle ground, find a way to drink healthier. Toss out the Coca Cola and the processed cranberry juice, and grab the juicer and some fresh veggies. Vegetables are an important part of a balanced diet, after all, and make you feel strong like Popeye. Fresh vegetable juices can taste delicious, and are a pretty simple way to make a scrumptious cocktail. These four drinks definitely have a wholesome touch, sprinkled with a moderate dosage of alcohol.

The Bolshoi

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Created by Leo Robitschek, The NoMad

¾ oz. Thai Bird Chili Infused Campari
1 oz. Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon
¾ oz. Lemon Juice
½ oz. Beet Juice
½ oz. Strega
¼ oz. Cane Syrup

Directions: Shake and strain into a coupe.

Bugs Cutty

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Created by Rob Krueger from Extra Fancy (NY)

1 ½ oz. Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition?
½ oz. Amaro Meletti
½ oz. Yellow Chartreuse?
½ oz. Fresh Lemon Juice?
1½ oz. Fresh Pressed Carrot Juice?
Fresh ground Black Pepper for garnish??

Directions: Shake all together with ice and strain into a Collins glass filled with ice. Grind the black pepper on top to garnish.


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Recipe by Trisha Antonsen, Chief Cocktail Officer at Drizly

1 ½ oz. spa-infused vodka*
2 oz. carrot ginger orange juice
Carrot and cucumber for garnish.

For the spa-infused vodka:
4-8 oz. Vodka
Lemon peels
Fresh Mint
Directions for infused vodka: In a clean glass jar, pile lemon peels, fresh mint leaves, and cucumber slices (cut in half and remove seeds from slides) about 1/3 of the way up. Add plain vodka. Seal with lid and let sit on the counter for two-three days. Lightly turn and shake the bottle a couple times a day, then strain vodka to remove pieces and store in the fridge.

Directions: After the vodka has infused for three days, combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake until cold and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with carrot and cucumber.

In a Snap

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Courtesy of Dane Tuzzio, BLT Steak

2 oz. Herradura Silver Tequila
1 oz Fresh Pea Water
½ oz. Lime juice
½ oz. Simple Syrup
5 Mint leaves
1/4 oz. Egg whites

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a shaker with a scoop of ice. Shake furiously and strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass. Garnish with a pea shoot.

Madina Papadopoulos is a New York-based freelance writer, author and regular contributor to Paste. You can follow her drink adventures on Instagram and Twitter.