Cocktails are not typically associated with a well-balanced diet. Spirits combined with sugar-laden mixers can easily add up to meals worth of calories. But what if there were low-calorie cocktail options with less sugar and infused with antioxidants and vitamins? At the very least, it sure would make drinking a little less guilt-ridden. And fortunately, dozens of watering-holes around the Valley offer such healthier cocktails that may not be too much of a compromise on those healthy resolutions (in moderation, of course). Here are some favorites at local watering holes and restaurants:
For the Oenophile
True Food Kitchen (Scottsdale, Phoenix)
Farmers Market Sangria, $10
Spiced brandy, lime, organic red wine, apple, pear
Known for a food menu based on the anti-inflammatory diet, not surprisingly the True Food Kitchen cocktail menu is rooted with the same principles.
Pop, Fizz, Clink
Bellissimo, $9 ($5 during happy hour)
Pomelo Vodka, blackberry thyme syrup, fresh grapefruit juice, sparkling wine
Perhaps a brunch alternative to the typical mimosa? This drink from Pomelo has blackberries which are rich in vitamin C and bioflavonoids as well as low in sodium. Thyme also has both vitamin C and A. Grapefruit helps with blood pressure and the powerful nutrient combination of fiber and potassium help maintain a healthy heart.
The Coronado (Phoenix)
The Evergreen, $9
Quinta de Gomez tequila, Cointreau, simple syrup, fresh muddled lime, cilantro, serrano pepper, cucumber, club soda
Cheers to health indeed! The Coronado is a vegetarian casual-dining and coffee shop with a full bar. The Evergreen is their unique version of a spicy margarita. Capsaicin, a natural chemical in chilies like serrano peppers, has been shown to boost metabolism and help burn extra calories.
Just “Beet” It
Beets, Rhyme & Life, $11
Nolet’s Gin, Lillet Rose, raspberry, beet, lemon, seltzer
People either love beets or hate them but they are certainly tastier in the form of this Crudo cocktail. Beets are high in Vitamin C, fiber, and potassium. Plus seltzer is a great sugar-free alternative to juices and soda.
The Green Machine
Farm & Craft (Scottsdale, Gilbert)
The Cure, $12
Square One Botanical Vodka, cucumber and kale juice, coconut water, lime, organic agave nectar
Look no further than Farm & Craft for fresh-pressed juice cocktails! The Cure is meant to be hydrating with coconut water and the added vitamins from cucumber and kale juice are a definite bonus.
Coco 21 (various supermarkets and stores)
Original, Pineapple, Cocorita, or Guava, $13
Coconut water, premium vodka, tropical flavors
This Phoenix-based cocktail company combines coconut water and premium vodka in a ready-to-serve bottle. A serving ranges between only 70-90 calories, depending on the flavor. Drink it straight up or burn a few extra calories by shaking it up with any of the cocktail recipes on the Coco 21 website.
*Drink responsibly, always.