Jeffery Lindenmuth / June 2009
Dating from the creation of early spirits and liqueurs, whether botanical-infused gin and vermouth or an assortment of monastic remedies, alcohol has been hailed as both pleasure and panacea. Now, spirits combine with science and superfoods to create cocktails that include antioxidants, natural sweeteners, or even address a specific malady. With a list of "elixirs" and a logo reminiscent of a European pharmacy's green cross, Apothecary Bar & Lounge in Philadelphia opened last year in obvious tribute to the cocktail's pharmaceutical roots. The Pennsylvania Board of Pharmacy, fearing the public might think their pill filler had traded 'scripts for tips, brought suit against the restaurant and lounge, forcing a name change to APO Bar & Lounge. Undeterred, these mixologists and their medicine show peers continue to administer to the fever for healthful drinks.
Tad Carducci of Tippling Bros
APO Bar & Lounge
Loaded with immunity boosting and infection fighting tinctures.
• 1 1/2 oz. Hendrick's gin
• 3/4 oz. St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur
• 1 1/2 oz. Boiron Pineapple Puree
• 1/2 oz. orange juice
• 2 dashes Regan's Orange Bitters No. 6
• 10 drops echinacea tincture
• 10 drops elderberry tincture
• 10 drops hawthorn root tincture
• 2 oz. Prosecco
• inebriated berries
- Combine liquid ingredients except for sparkling wine with ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously; strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Top with sparkling wine and spoon berries on top. Inebriated berries: Toss 1 pt. thinly sliced strawberries and 1 pt. blueberries with 2 Tbsps. sugar and 2 oz. vodka; marinate for at least 2 hours.
Gansevoort South Hotel Spa Residences
Ready-made liqueurs like low-calorie TY KU, with infusions of yuzu, mangosteen, goji berry, honeydew, green tea, and ginseng make healthy mixing easy.
• 1 1/2 oz. TY KU Premium Liqueur
• 1/2 oz. lychee syrup
• splash white cranberry juice
• squeeze of lime
- Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously; strain into a chilled cocktail glass or serve over fresh ice. Garnish with half a lychee fruit if desired.
Charbay Green Tea Mojito
Ubuntu Restaurant & Yoga Studio
A double dose of green tea promises to help protect against cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular disease, and infection.
• 2 1/2 oz. Charbay Green Tea Aperitif
• 1 oz. green tea infused simple syrup
• 2 lime wedges
• 5 mint leaves
• 2 oz. Domaine Carneros Brut
- Shake all ingredients except sparkling wine vigorously with ice; pour into a Collins glass. Add more ice and top with sparkling wine.
Green tea syrup: Steep 4 hojicha green tea bags in 1 qt. boiling water. Add 5 cups sugar while still warm; stir to dissolve before allowing syrup to cool.
Look Better Naked Margarita
Adam R. Seger
A cocktail that purports to make the drinker look better naked, rather than everyone else, it includes antioxidant-packed açai and rosemary, which is beneficial to skin.
• organic salt
• organic green peppercorns
• 4" sprig rosemary (top inch reserved for garnish)
• 1 1/2 oz. Partida Estate Reposado Tequila
• 1/2 oz. Sambazon Pure Organic Açai
• 3/4 oz. Partida Organic Agave Nectar
• 1/2 oz. organic egg white
• juice of 1 lime
- Rim a chilled 10-ounce cocktail glass with equal parts salt and freshly cracked green peppercorns. Remove rosemary leaves from the stem. Muddle in a mixing glass until aromatic. Add liquid ingredients and ice; shake vigorously. Strain into prepared glass; garnish with reserved rosemary sprig.