Baby Health in Winter
There’s a whole lot of scary germs in the world. Stopping for a cocktail won’t change that, but a little boost to the immune system via the right ingredients never hurt!
“I grew up in Jamaica where herbs and plants were used to cure everything, so I wanted to create an immune building, anti-inflammatory cocktail inspired by an old family remedy. I use an elixir of roasted, toasted garlic, black pepper, turmeric, ginger, rosemary, honey, lemon juice and Misunderstood Ginger Spiced Whiskey. Between the immune boosting power of ginger, antioxidant rich turmeric and the anti-inflammatory properties of black pepper this family recipe combines plants and herbs that are not only good for you but taste amazing together. Cheers to that!” said Gregory Genias, beverage director at Even Keel Fish and Oyster in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
5-Spice Old Fashioned
At Linger in Denver, thanks to the addition of Chinese 5-Spice, a powerful combination of spices including cinnamon, Szechuan peppercorns, star anise, fennel seed and clove, this twist on a classic Old Fashioned is a powerhouse of antioxidants, health-improving essential oils and minerals necessary for boosting the immune system. “While 5-Spice is traditionally used in cooking, it also serves as an excellent component in elevating cocktails and in this case, a boozy way to get your daily dose of antioxidants,” says Jeff Wilkins, Bar Director at Linger restaurant in Denver, CO. The spice blend is combined with Bourbon, bitters and orange oil resulting in one of our favorite classic cocktails boosted with cold fighting powers,” said Jeff Wilkins, bar director.
At Brezza Cucina in Atlanta, Georgia, Giggle Water is crafted with tequila, curacao, lemon, bubbles and a housemade pomegranate-papaya shrub. Don Pirone, Brezza Cucina’s beverage director said: “Citrus, pomegranate and papaya are all known to offer immune-boosting benefits, which makes this drink a go-to for keeping germs at bay. Plus, our pomegranate-papaya shrub is made with apple cider vinegar, which also has been said to have a positive impact on immune health.”
Mai Tai Cider
Located in the charming beachfront town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Florida, the Mai Tai Cider is offered at Plunge Beach Resort’s Octopus Kitchen & Bar, and delivers a much needed kick to the immune system. Enjoy the health-inducing goodness of mulled apple cider in a light, refreshing “beachy” cocktail. Made with some of the most powerful medicinal properties found in a cocktail, including fresh cranberries, ginger, cinnamon sticks and lime juice, the Mai Tai Cider also comes with an added punch of Bacardi Rum, maple syrup and Orgeat syrup to help take that edge off. After combining the ingredients with ice until chilled, strain into an old-fashioned glass, top with 151 Dark Rum, and garnish with fresh apple and cranberry – cheers to healthy living! ”When you infuse the warm, spicy flavors of apple, cinnamon and ginger into a cool, fun & refreshing drink like the Mai Tai, you get the Mai Tai Cider. The perfect drink to ward off any sickness during flu season! Take it one step further by jumping in the Atlantic Ocean after you’ve finished the cocktail for a true saltwater immune booster – we call that the Mai Tai Cider Plunge,” said head bartender Abraham Millett.
In Costa Mesa, Outpost Kitchen‘s entire bar program focuses on superfood-charged cocktails. Take the Butterfly Effect for example. This gin-based cocktail features a variety of immune-boosting ingredients like blueberries, fresh-pressed cucumber juice, lemon yogurt, honey, and spirulina – a potent superfood which is widely regarded as one of the most nutrient-dense superfoods in the world. “Our entire cocktail program was designed to mirror the ethos of our kitchen. Our menu of superfood-infused drinks extracts bold flavors, vibrant colors, and immune-boosting properties from powerful all-natural ingredients like spirulina, moringa, beetroot, turmeric, and tarragon,” said Outpost Kitchen founder Jay Lewis.
At Dot Dot Dot in Charlotte, North Carolina, this drink is made with Topo spiced rum, chai, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, coconut milk, and served warm. The cocktail’s base is a traditional chai with black tea and spices. They chose to use coconut milk to make the cocktail vegan. Black tea is known to improve digestion, keep your hormones balanced, and helps protect your cells from free-radicals. Ginger is known to have anti-nausea properties, while also helping reduce inflammation and strengthens the immune system Cardamom and Black Pepper have digestive superpowers, further boosting chai’s reputation as a potent stomach savior. “I wanted to create a great blustery, cold weather cocktail that warms you up and also makes you feel better. And I’ve always loved tea, even since I was young. So I started with a chai (which is the Hindu word for tea) black tea base and added several ingredients and spices known to boost the immune system, like ginger and cardamom.” “I used a local spiced rum from Topo Distillery. Their spirits are made exclusively from North Carolina-grown wheat, US-grown sugar cane, and every product is USDA-certified organic and 100% fermented and distilled in Chapel Hill, NC. Domaine de Canton is a French ginger liqueur made from organic Vietnamese baby ginger. The hot cocktail is topped with a fresh, ginger-infused coconut cream whipped topping to create a powerhouse, immune-boosting cocktail!” said Brittany Clark, mixologist at Dot Dot Dot.
At ATRIO Wine Bar & Restaurant in New York City, made with fresh pomegranate and blueberries, both rich in health-boosting nutrients, and then garnished with mint and lime this drink is as vibrant as it is flavorful and good for you. Kevin King, director of F&B said: “Our Pomegranate Nojito tastes just like a true mojito. The drink features fresh blueberry, which is a fruit known for its fiber, potassium, vitamin C and more. Pomegranate is also loaded with important nutrients and has lots of natural antioxidants.”
Thick as Thieves
At Madison on Park in San Diego, Thick as Thieves is crafted with 1776 Rye Whiskey, Cynar, Thieves Essential Oil and Lo Fi Gentian Amaro. The Thieves Essential Oil is a blend made with cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus radiata, rosemary and lemon essential oils. The combination is inspired by a legend about 15th-century French grave robbers who would use essential oils to protect themselves from diseases. “This is a warming cocktail, that is both spicy and earthy and Thieves is believed to have immune-supporting and antioxidant properties,” said bar manager Danny Kuehner.
At The Tipsy Alchemist Austin, the Samba includes mezcal, fresh lemon juice, honey cinnamon reduction, ginger reduction, and cayenne pepper. Pour all ingredients into your shaker tin, shake and pour into a snifter with round ice, Garnish with a blackened lemon wheel, and a blackened lemon wheel. Cut lemon into a wheel, dust with tajin and cayenne. Blackened with your torch.
At Saffron NOLA in New Orleans, inspired by a bedtime elixir of warm milk, honey and turmeric, the Anti-Inflammatory also plays off a New Orleans’ staple cocktail, the Brandy Milk Punch. The soothing drink luxuriously combines cognac with turmeric-infused coconut milk and honey syrup over crushed ice, garnished with a cilantro sprig and drops of chili oil. “During my upbringing, I was taught to always take care of my gut health to prevent obstruction of nutrients to the rest of my body. This way of thinking has been passed down in my family. Spices including ginger, turmeric, fennel, cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, cumin and cayenne, are Ayurvedic spices that aid in digestion and metabolism. They also have the benefit of being natural anti-inflammatories. As a family, we used these spices not only for this organic benefit, but also because it enhanced the flavor of the food. We implement the same use of these spices both in our food and cocktail program at Saffron Nola, a true extension of our home kitchen,” said Ashwin Vilkhu.
At A.Lounge at the AKA in New York City, this is a refreshing, immune-boosting ‘VOSStail’ with Vitamin C and antioxidants, Think Spring is a blend of the AKA’s own organic vodka (crafted exclusively for the AKA), simple syrup and VOSS Lemon Cucumber Sparkling Water, infused with fresh lemon and cucumber. “Customers are interested in seasonal beverages that are both refreshing and health conscious. The AKA ‘Think Spring’ VOSStail hits the palate in all the right ways— crafted with vitamin-c rich lemon, nutrient dense cucumber, lemon cucumber flavored sparkling VOSS water, and our very own organic vodka (a.vod). This specialty drink satisfies the taste buds and the immune system alike. With the sweater weather behind us, this low calorie count makes it a happy hour favorite,” said Kate W. Lewis, AKA mixologist.
Spill the Tea
At Riot House Bar located inside the Andaz West Hollywood, this cocktail is made with rum, honey, lemon juice, chamomile tea, blackberries, and ginger beer. All the ingredients have their own medicinal qualities; ginger, lemon and blackberries have antioxidants, chamomile tea have flavonoids, type of nutrients, and combining them, create a calming and relaxing drink that can ease symptoms and boost immune system.
That’s All, Folks
At Beaker & Gray in Wynwood, Miami, the cocktail is comprised of gin, carrots, ginger, lemon, cilantro, and a dash of salt for flavor. “The flavorful concoction combines a touch of gin with some healthful ingredients including carrot juice, ginger, and cilantro. Gin’s health benefits are questionable, but the use of juniper for kidney-related health issues was widely used….about 200 years ago. Carrots, on the other hand, have Vitamin A, antioxidants, and fiber — all of which are great. Ginger has anti inflammatory properties and citrus has Vitamin C. Cilantro is a mineral-rich herb and a dash of salt help give you the electrolytes. Makes for a great way to replenish some vitamins and nutrients,” said Ben Potts, bar director.
Lady of Versailles
At Mister French NYC, the Lady of Versailles is your passport to the South of France with perfectly balanced Belvedere Vodka, Calvados and white wine mixed with fresh lime juice, fresh pressed ginger, pineapple juice, fresh pressed cucumber, organic cane reduction, winter melon bitters, and fresh thyme. Steve Mazzuca, the general manager and creative director of the bar program, says, “Here at Mister French when we say ‘drink to your health’, we actually mean it. So many of these components are powerful sources of antioxidants that also promote healthy digestion along with anti-inflammatory properties. They are soaring with vitamin C, which of course is vital for a strong immune system and if I might add…great cocktails as well. I usually joke with our guests saying, if you just take out the alcohol you have yourself a health drink!”
At Azabu Miami Beach in Miami Beach, this cocktail is made with St George’s Gin, fresh muddled ginger, and fresh muddled cucumber. “Before it became popular as an alcoholic beverage, Gin was used to relieve and help improve digestive problems and juniper berries are also super berries that help our health systems overall. Ginger is a natural antibacterial/ antiviral, and also helps to boost our defenses. Cucumbers help to detox. Gin is a great alternative for someone that suffers from digestive problems caused by foods or other alcoholic beverages so it’s not all over for those that can not drink other spirits like rum, wine, etc,” said head bartender Bryan Mayer.
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