Good news! Your health kick can still include cocktails

Jan 11 2017, 7:30 pm

Health kicks.

When you’re on one, you’re focused – no – determined to succeed.

This will be the time you really stick to it. You’re going to cut out all the crap that’s been dragging you down and making you feel tired.

Fast forward to the end of week one, it’s happy hour, and you’d happily trade a week’s worth of kale for a blonde ale or a spicy margarita.

While it’s important to be health-conscious, you also have to live a little. And you can, because there’s a solution to this conundrum: cocktails that are satisfying and good for you.

Healthy cocktails are made with electrolyte-filled mixers, nutrient-rich bitters, and superfood ingredients. This means you can still enjoy a few boozy beverages without waking up with a sugar hangover or an overnight beer belly.

With the popularity of healthy food and drinks continuing to rise, expect to see an abundance of superfood cocktails and way fewer Jack and Cokes on tables across the city.

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If you’re drinking at home or at a dinner party, try using a hydrating and replenishing mixer for your cocktail, and no, we’re not talking about Gatorade.

Kombucha is great for mental and physical health, and it’s also a delicious alternative for a ton of classic cocktail recipes.

Many Vancouver kombucha producers give two thumbs up to alcoholic beverages made with their energizing fermented brews. With a huge variety of flavours available from every maker, you can create any kind of cocktail imaginable, ensuring you will never miss out on the must-try drink of the season.

Hoochy ‘Booch is a Vancouver kombucha producer that recommends recipes for cocktails on their Instagram such as Hawaiian Punch and Kombucha Bellinis. Quebec’s RISE Kombucha has an entire section on their website dedicated to ever-changing recipes for unique kombucha cocktails.

For devoted beerlovers who want something on the lighter side Postmark Brewing has developed a Blondebucha. This drink is a combination of the brewery’s Blonde Ale and Ginger Kombucha from Oddity Kombucha made in Vancouver.

Photo courtesy Postmark Brewing

If you happen to be out for dinner or spending a night on the town you have plenty of options as well. Bars and restaurants have seen the demand from their health-conscious customers and expert mixologists have responded by delivering delicious, healthy concoctions.

Take the Turmeric Fizz from Prohibition at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia. Bartender Brad Stanton has created this superfood cocktail by combining turmeric, along with Casadores Resposado tequila, Dry Vermouth, local honey, and lemon and orange juice.

Turmeric Fizz from Prohibition. (Photo courtesy of Prohibition)

Stanton told Daily Hive via email that upon discovering the health benefits of turmeric, he was prompted to share this unique ingredient with his guests in the form of The Fizz.

“Turmeric is a remarkable health food. It contains a high level of antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial agents. I found that tequila proved the best match, with some dry vermouth helping to add depth of flavour and vegetal tones. Charging the mixture with CO2 really helps make the drink feel refreshing and invigorating on the palate,” wrote Stanton.

Stanton isn’t the only bartender in YVR who has picked up on the superfood cocktail trend. Nuba, Bambudda, The Acorn, and Heirloom all offer killer health cocktails on their menus as well.

Photo courtesy of Heirloom Vegetarian

The Heirloom Gimlet is a healthy version of a classic drink, using lime cordial, fresh cucumber, mint, gin, St.Germain, and lime juice from Heirloom Juice Co. This is one of the many refreshing cocktails you can get at this spot. 

While healthy drinks can’t stop you from eating pizza (probably nothing can), they make it easier for you to enjoy a boozy beverage without feeling like you binge-ate skittles the night before.

So keep these spots and recipes in mind the next time you want to live it up and keep your health game strong – it’s totally doable.

Check out the recipe for the Turmeric Fizz from Prohibition: 


  • 1 oz Cazadores Reposado
  • 1 oz Dolin’s dry vermouth
  • 1 oz Turmeric syrup
  • 0.67 oz Lemon Juice
  • 0.33 oz Orange Juice
  • 2 oz Soda
  • Garnish with 1 dehydrated blood orange wheel and cracked pepper

Turmeric Syrup Ingredients:

  • 6oz fresh turmeric (skins on, smashed)
  • 2L water
  • 2L honey


In a large pot, bring water to boil

Add turmeric

Reduce to medium heat for 10 minutes, stir occasionally.

Remove from heat, strain, stir in honey

Let stand to cool

Method for the drink:

Add cubed ice to a Teku glass

Add 20ml lemon juice and 10ml orange to the glass

Fill with ISI prebatch Turmeric Fizz

Garnish with fresh cracked pepper and 1 dehydrated blood orange

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