“Healthy” Weeknight Cocktail #2: Beet Daiquiri


With the new year comes an inevitable wave of resolutions: exercise more, eat cleaner, give the drinking a rest… we’ve heard e’m all, right? While I’d love to think I can finally tackle ALL those cliché healthy lifestyle choices now that the holidays have past, it’s just not realistic to cut out drinking entirely. Besides the fact that enjoying a well made cocktail is one of my most beloved pleasures, I’m currently in the middle of R&D for my distillery‘s first two flagship products. One of which is a New Western-style Gin and requires endless tweaks to the botanical makeup. Simply put, my team and I’ve been tasting a looooot of gin lately. But what I can do is make healthier choices when I do choose to partake. And that, my friends, is the inspiration behind a new slew of cocktail posts this month. For the next few weeks I’ll be posting “healthy,” – even borderline nutritious! – cocktail recipes for when 5 o’clock hits and you don’t want to completely cancel out those hours you’ve been putting in at the gym.

This week it’s a healthful version of a tiki classic! No rocket science here – I just added fresh beet juice to your classic daiquiri recipe and the result is stunning! I chose this style of cocktail to compliment the beet juice for a few reasons. For starters, rum distilled from sugar beet molasses was pretty popular for a short time back when rum making first began. Unlike England, France already had infrastructure in place to refine sugar cane and sugar beet molasses into sugar, so raw cane juice from the French Caribbean colonies was free to be used as the colonists saw fit, instead of exported back to the motherland. Rum was the obvious choice for the cane juice and as rum and rhum agricole (rum distilled from sugar cane juice in the French colonies) increased in popularity, folks back in France wanted to make their own spirit instead of having to bring it back from the colonies. The French started using their sugar beet products to do so and sugar beet “rum” was born. It’s not remotely as common as it was in those days, but beet spirits are starting to pop up again if you’re interested in giving them a try! Also, beets’ earthy sweetness is an obvious compliment to rum’s natural sweetness and the lime juice is great at brightening up the fresh beet juice’s otherwise one note flavor profile. And lastly, you don’t need me to tell you that beets are a powerful super food. Drinking beet juice can lower blood pressure, provides your body with tons of detoxifying nutrients and fiber and can help boost stamina during your next workout.

For this cocktail I used a local white rum from Liberty Call Distilling Co. I’m not a huge rum drinker but their’s is super smooth, has a nice tropical fruit thing going on and an interesting funk to it that I love. Plus it’s made right here in San Diego! If you’re not local, Ballast Point Three Sheets or Dancing Pines are both great “craft” options for quality white rum. Bacardi will also do the trick 😉

Beet Daiquiri. Makes 1 drink, can easily be multiplied.


  • 1.5 oz White Rum – San Diegans can find Liberty Call White Rum at High Tide bottle shop on Coronado
  • 2 oz fresh beet juice
  • 1 oz raw honey simple syrup (1:1), or to taste
  • .5 oz fresh lime juice
  • lime wheel to garnish


  1. In a cocktail shaker combine rum, juices and simple syrup
  2. Shake for 10-15 seconds and strain into chilled martini glass or coupe
  3. Garnish with lime wheel and enjoy!


{ Love the tangy tropical fruit notes in local distiller Bill’s White Rum }





{ All photos above by Krisnoff }

Distillerista-Beet-Juice{ P.S. Don’t have a juicer at home? This 100% beet juice from TJ’s works great! }

P.P.S. Liberty Call has a great Groupon going on right now for discounted tours & tastings! Check it out if you’re in the San Diego area.

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