Jules Aron, known as “The Healthy Bartender,” is out to prove drinking to your health isn’t an oxymoron. Here are five tips on how to order a healthy cocktail.
1. The simpler the cocktail, the better. Avoid sour mixes, simple syrups, processed sugars and artificial additives in your drinks. If in doubt, ask your bartender.
2. Choose organic or small-batch liquor brands for best quality products.
3. Look for bars that offer a selection of fresh fruit for their garnishes. They also can easily muddle any of the berries or citrus fruits that they have on hand to sweeten and flavor your drink naturally. If you order a mojito, ask if they have any fresh berries. If so, ask them to swap the sugar for muddled fruit. If you order a margarita, ask if they can muddle some lemon and lime wedges, or even orange slices if they have them, instead of adding sour mix.
4. Avoid frozen drinks as they use premade sugary syrups mixed with ice and liquor.
5. With that said, be mindful that creating a fresh cocktail takes time. Make sure that the bartender is not too busy to devote time to creating a fresh cocktail for you and that he or she has the ingredients on hand to do so.
Healthy Cocktail Receipes
Test the theory with two recipes from her new book, “Zen and Tonic.”
Beet Berry Bomb
These fuchsia shots, with their velvety smooth texture, are the show-stoppers you need at your next gathering. This vibrant shot provides antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and detoxification support.
1 cup frozen raspberries
4 oz. gin
(Makes four shots)
In a juicer, process the beets and apples, and transfer to a blender. Add the frozen raspberries and blend.
Transfer the mixture to a shaker filled with ice, add the gin, and shake well.
Strawberry Guava Margarita
You’ll be hard-pressed to resist the sweet and tart flavors of this tropical cooler. Apart from their distinctive flavor and lovely aroma, guavas are one of the richest sources of vitamin C, which helps protect us against common infections and pathogens. The guava works in harmony with the strawberry, making this a powerful immunity-boosting elixir.
2 oz. tequila
1/2 cup strawberries, frozen
1/2 cup guava, pitted
1/2 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
For more advice, and to order Aron’s book, visit thehealthybartender.com.