'Healthy' and Low Calorie Drinks to Help You Stick to Your New Year's Resolutions
Gyms across this resolution-setting universe are busting at the seams with overcrowded weight rooms and lines for the treadmill. Welcome to the first full week of the new year and all the healthy promises we’ve made to ourselves. If being a more mindful drinker is one of your 2014 goals, you could stay at home and mix yourself a Skinny Girl Vodka and tonic, or pour yourself a dram of whiskey and take it neat, but you don’t have to, because we’ve rounded-up four places to help you stick to your plan:
¡Juice! (2241 Grays Ferry Ave.; 267-639-2165)
Home of the “virgin cocktail,” this BYOB juice bar is located in the spot formerly belonging to Betty’s Speakeasy bakery. Select a drink from a menu full of fresh ingredients, and spike it yourself.
Square 1682 (121 South 17th St.; 215-563-5008)
Chauncey Scates' cocktail program uses agave syrup instead of simple syrup. Agave syrup is believed to have a lower glycemic index than sugar, and is what tequila is made from. Scates’ program also includes cocktails made with green tea and blueberries; both are high in antioxidants.
Red Owl Tavern (433 Chestnut St.; 215-923-2267)
Look for Lead Bartender Paul Dellevigne’s "Temperance" section on the drink menu for expertly mixed mocktails with healthy ingredients such as apple juice and chamomile tea. If you stop-by for breakfast or brunch, you will have two specialty raw juices to choose from – the “Beets Me” and the “Being Green.”
Vernick Food & Drink (2031 Walnut St.; 267-639-6644)
We first brought you the good news about the “Field Gun Envy” back in October in our fall cocktails roundup. This new take on the classic French 75 is made with rooibos tea infused cognac, lemon, dry orange and sparkling wine. Vernick uses organic red bush roobios, which contains antioxidants and other wellness promoting properties. While you are there, give the “Teresa #5” a try. This apéritif-digestif combo containing gin, Campari, fresh ginger, cassis and lime should leave you feeling pretty good.
For more on restorative and health-giving drinking practices and recipes, check out Drink Philly's Tips for Healthier Drinking.
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