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’s healthy cocktail a garden-inspired twist on my favorite classic cocktail, the gin gimlet. In addition to the traditional gin, lime and simple syrup trifecta, I’ve added vitamin A-rich carrot juice and immune-boosting fresh ginger to spice things up. This drink would also be wonderful with a flavored simple syrup such as thyme, saffron or anise. Similarly, you could add 2-3 inches of roughly chopped ginger when making the honey syrup, in place of the grated ginger in step one. And the best part? Just one of these delicious cocktails contains roughly 200% of your daily recommended dose of skin brightening vitamin A. Get glowing, y’all!
the Buzzed Bunny. Makes 1 cocktail.
- 1 half inch piece of ginger root
- .5-1 oz raw honey simple syrup (1:1), or to taste
- 3 oz fresh carrot juice
- 1 oz fresh lime juice
- 1.5 oz good quality Gin
- Grate ginger directly into mixing glass, add remaining ingredients
- Using a bar spoon stir for 10-15 seconds, keeping the back of the spoon flush against the inside of the glass
- Use a 4 prong strainer to pour liquid into a coupe, martini glass or other short glass of your choice.
- Garnish with a lime wheel or wedge and a thin ribbon of raw carrot.