Cocktails, We Love You
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But after the past couple of hedonistic months, we also like the option of enjoying a dry drink as a way to hit the reset button without forgoing the fun. "Overdoing it on alcohol can negatively affect your sleep, exercise habits, and diet," Ashley Koff, R.D.N., says. "So it's not a bad idea to occasionally take a break to get back on track toward your health goals. You may even gain clearer skin and more energy, as well as lose a few pounds." Even top mixologists are behind the sober January trend, and five of them have concocted this batch of healthy, yummy drinks to keep you happy. Of course, they've included the tweaks you'll need to up the proof when you want to.
The Doctor Will See You Now
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Mixologist: Joel Mesa, Bulla Gastrobar in Coral Gables, Florida.
In a cocktail shaker, combine 2 ounces beet juice, 1 ounce carrot juice, 1/2 ounce ginger syrup, and 1 ounce lemon juice. Shake, and strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Top off with a splash of tonic water, and garnish with cucumber.
Spike it: Swap ginger syrup for ginger liqueur, and add 11/2 ounces gin.
It's Easy Being Green
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Mixologist: Spencer Elliott, Bounce Sporting Club in New York City.
In a cocktail shaker, combine 1 ounce kale juice, 3/4 ounce ginger juice, 1/2 ounce lemon juice, and 1/3 ounce agave syrup whisked with 1/3 ounce hot water. Shake, and pour into a glass filled with ice cubes. Top off with club soda, and garnish with a lemon slice dipped in cayenne pepper.
Spike it: Add 1 ounce tequila or mescal.
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Mixologist: Steve Minor, MO Bar + Lounge at Mandarin Oriental in Miami.
Puree a can of lychees in their own syrup. Strain, and set aside. Brew hibiscus tea (1/4 cup dried hibiscus leaves in 1 cup hot water) for 5 minutes. Add 1/4 cup tea to lychee puree. In a martini shaker filled with ice, combine 3 ounces lychee–hibiscus tea mixture and 1 ounce water. Shake for 10 seconds, and strain into a cham- pagne flute. Top off with club soda.
Spike it: Add 1 1/2 ounces each Grey Goose La Poire Vodka and St-Germain.
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Mixologist: Michael Heim, The Kitchen Boulder in Boulder, Colorado
Muddle 1 sprig thyme with 1 1/2 ounces lime juice and 1 ounce simple syrup in a shaker. Strain into a glass filled with ice, to off with club soda, and garnish with thyme sprigs.
Spike it: Add 1 1/2 ounces gin or aged rum.
Rose Jaipur of Punch
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Mixologist: Clare Ward, Sambar in Culver City, California
In a glass, mix 1 ounce rose syrup, 1/2 ounce lemon juice, 1 ounce pome- granate juice, and 1 ounce grapefruit juice. Add ice, fill with 4 ounces seltzer, and dust with a pinch of ground cardamom. Garnish with a lemon wedge.
Spike it: Replace 2 ounces of the seltzer with gin.