April 11, 2016
Wait, there’s bars with healthy drink options? Yes, that exists. We’re living in the day of healthy and mostly braggy people who want to share on social media how much they go to the gym and eat like Gwyneth Paltrow. And while we all cruise the various hashtags and motivational profiles, we’d be lying if we said we didn’t enjoy going out and having a cocktail or two with friends.
While liquor may not be on the list of those who are eating clean, inebriation doesn’t have to be completely eradicated from your life in order to be healthy. There’s plenty of bars in NYC that have healthy drink options that will get you LIT, but also keep you fit. We didn’t mean to be that corny and rhyme, but it’s cute, right?
Cheers! Let’s drink to your good health!
Did you know there was a such thing as a sparkling smoothie? Hotel Americano boasts just that and they call it the Detox Bellini! Hello! The drink combines wheatgrass, celery juice, green chartreuse, apple juice, orange juice and a few drops of chlorophyll — and then is topped with champagne. Wheatgrass is high in vitamins and minerals, and chlorophyll is said to boost the immune and circulatory systems. If you’ve ever been curious about wheatgrass and been too much a flavor punk to try it, here’s your best option.
There’s a guy in Boston who people know and his name is Michael Schlow. We don’t know him, but people do. Anyway, he has this famous cocktail called The Ghost of Mary and Prune’s Chef Gabrielle Hamilton started making it. It’s got house-made, spicy tomato water and Ketel One Citroen, garnished with tomolives and Sweet 100 Tomatoes. Chef Hamilton repeatedly clarifies their Bloody Mary mix through cheesecloth for several hours and uses Absolut instead of Ketel One. This drink could serve as a meal (if you’re Gwyneth Paltrow). It’s like you’re drinking a garden…a spiked garden.
Spring Street Natural
It’s been said that their best drink is their mojito, which is ridiculously refreshing. There’s celery juice and fresh mint in it. Be careful, you may not taste the rum, but it’s there and could be your best friend, or your worst enemy. There’s another option, in case you don’t do mint. Ray’s Hard Lemonade has tons of pulp, as they use fresh fruit puree in it. This is a very efficient way to get your fruit for the day–don’t listen to us, we’re not nutritionist. But we do know that having this drink is leaning in the right direction of the food pyramid. You can also request acai in your Ray’s and we all know that’s something Beyoncé drinks. It’s a ultra antioxidant from the Brazilian rainforest, of course she drinks it! And for you annoying, we mean amazing Gluten-free folks, you can ask for white-corn organic vodka.
Candle Cafe West
Don’t roll your eyes, but this is an organic vegan restaurant on the Upper West Side. We know, you’d never be caught dead there, but it’s for your health! Plus, they source organic spirits from small-batch producers and many have a cause–so how can yo resist? The Ilegal Mezcal used in The Jamaica (mezcal infused with hibiscus) donates funds to build schools in Central America, and a tree is planted for every Reforestation cocktail — a mix that includes VeeV acai liqueur and wheatgrass vodka. Wow, so you’re drinking healthy and giving back? Win win! And if that’s not enough, just know that the ginger juice adds immunity boosters to your body and the lime juice and agave found in their drinks give you the sweetness you want, but without the calories that you definitely don’t want.
Happy, healthy sippin’!