Feeling rough after a particularly lit night? Restore your spirits with – spirits! Riffing on the juice craze and looking past the traditional morning cocktail, Bloody Mary, bartenders around the country have put together some restorative adult beverages that feature ingredients primed to improve your well-being. All you need to do is pull up a stool and order one of these cocktails to cure your hangover to feel better – restored – instantly.
Detox Retox, Catch LA, Los Angeles, California
Restorative ingredient: Matcha
With antioxidant levels six times higher than goji berries and packed full of polyphenols and catechins, matcha offers a quick boost to the immune system. Rich in chlorophyll, an excellent detoxifier, matcha is a boon to anyone seeking to feel better. And the unique form of caffeine found in matcha provides a slow release of energy and helps supports the adrenals. Matcha alone is a great hangover cure, but Chris Barry, the mixologist who created the Detox Retox, noted matcha’s subtle, slightly bitter flavor and added ingredients, such as mint, cucumber, and lime juices, that hydrate and resuscitate tired bodies. Fortified with tequila, the Detox Retox is a power-packed, revivifying shot of that traditional hangover cure: hair of the dog. Make a reservation at Catch LA.
Liver Detox, KANU at the Whiteface Lodge, Lake Placid, New York
Restorative ingredient: Milk thistle
When designing the Liver Detox, lead mixologist Zachary Blair at KANU at the Whiteface Lodge cast his eye to the 1800’s. “It was a time when you could find tinctures and tonics in a country store that could cure everything from hair loss to an upset stomach,” said Blair. Milk thistle, which animates his gin and vermouth-centric Liver Detox, contains the active ingredient silymarin. Believed to repair liver cells damaged by alcohol and other toxins, Silymarin also protects new liver cells from being destroyed. “When drinking alcohol, we can always use a little help in the liver department,” Blair quipped. It helps when the drink is delicious, too. Make a reservation at KANU at the Whiteface Lodge.
Tomato Martini, Harvest by Kelly Liken, Edwards, Colorado
Restorative ingredient: Tomato
Hemingway, it is said, relied on a day-after remedy of tomato juice and beer. And the Bloody Mary, invented during the 1920’s, has been credited ever since as a hangover cure-all. Almost one hundred years later, tomatoes in cocktails are finally expanding beyond the classic Bloody Mary. At Harvest by Kelly Liken, they find new life in a Tomato Martini. Packed with antioxidants, some which have the power to counteract the negative effects of cigarette smoke (thanks, coumaric acid and chlorogenic acid), fresh-picked tomatoes are the star of this deceptively simple cocktail. Tomato consommé, piquant with jalapeño and a whiff of fresh garlic, partners beautifully with vodka, a neutral spirit that allows the clean, bright flavor of the tomato to shine. Dainty Sweet 100 cherry tomatoes make a perfect garnish. You can thank Hemingway for this one. Make a reservation at Harvest by Kelly Liken.
Ronin Punch, Elements at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa, Paradise Valley, Arizona
Restorative ingredient: Kombucha
Bryan Podd, the bartender for Jade Bar and Elements at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa, was tasked with creating a drink that was low in alcohol and contained natural health benefits. He turned to TY KU sake for its 15% ABV and refined taste and kombucha to create Ronin Punch. Known in ancient China, its country of origin, as the immortal health elixir, kombucha possess antibiotic properties but kombucha’s high levels of glucuronic acid give it star status as a powerful liver detoxifier. A dash of ginger brings the flavors together. The combo is sure to get your blood moving and disperse any toxic residue from the night before. Make a reservation at Elements at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa.
Botanical Splash, 3800 Ocean at Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa, Palm Beach, Florida
Restorative ingredient: Wheatgrass
Imbibing a fresh shot of wheatgrass mixed with cucumber at the local farmer’s market was all it took for 3800 Ocean’s mixologist, Brianne Hogan, to invent the Botanical Splash cocktail. Spiked with lavender bitters, a natural stress reliever and antioxidant-packed lemon juice, the Botanical Splash’s wheat grass makes the drink freshly herbaceous. Abundantly alkaline, wheatgrass may offset the acidity commonly associated with alcohol consumption and even seems to protect the body against the detrimental effects of alcohol. And, if you are feeling particularly virtuous, Hogan said the Botanical Splash is also fantastic as a mocktail. Make a reservation at 3800 Ocean at Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa.
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Christina Mueller is a San Francisco-based writer, epicurean adventurer, and culinary sleuth. Find her at http://christinamueller.com and follow her on Instagram @EatDrinkThink and Twitter @EatDrinkThink.