Stay Fit (But Still Party) With These Low-Cal, Low ABV Cocktails
Because we care about your health just as much as we care about your inner party girl, we've decided to give you this all-natural list of healthy and innovative drinks (with low ABV) that you can get at your local bar. Some of our favorite New York spots such as Timna, Piora, Fung Tu and Maite, are starting the season off right with their deliciously healthy cocktail lists. Including ingredients such as celery juice, cucumber, green tea, ginger and even osmanthus flowers in their fabulous mixes, these local bars have got the right idea when it comes to staying healthy after midnight.
Monthly resolution number one-thousand: drink less. With these low-cal low ABV cocktails your mid-day drink will feel like a healthy lemonade or a liquid fruit salad. This weekend, take the time to visit NYC's four hautest cocktail spots. Stroll down St. Mark's place and try our Mediterranean favorite, Timna. On Hudson St. with a strong veggie menu is the modern American restaurant bar, Piora – an expert in natural cocktails. Located on Orchard street is the Lower East Side's chicest Chinese-American restaurant bar Fung Tu, and on Brooklyn's Central Ave., Maite – a Colombian-European gem.
Timna (109 St. Mark’s Place, NYC)
GM/Beverage Director Amir Nathan
Negronish, a low ABV take on the classic (without the gin), this drink is prepared with housemade juniper syrup (which creates a gin-like flavor without having to add alcohol), Carpano Antica and Aperitivo Cappelletti – a substitute for Campari. The result is a rich cocktail where the bitter notes are more integrated into the drink.
Mediterranean Reviver with housemade juniper syrup, Cocchi Americano, Dolin Dry Vermouth, lemon and housemade star anise syrup. Served up in a chilled coupe, this is a very low alcohol take on the classic Corpse Reviver #2.
Saint Mark’s Cooler with cinnamon-infused Dolin Dry Vermouth, Côtes du Rhône Blanc (French wine) and Bonal Gentiane Quina, a French aperitif wine. Named after Timna's location, this mix can be the light and refreshing your night needs.
Piora (430 Hudson Street, NYC)
Head Bartender Shinya Yamao
Salary Man, an homage to Japan’s white collar workers known for their brutally long working hours and boozy socializing, the drink is very light with Nikka Japanese whiskey, club soda and lemon. An easy at-home mix, this drink is perfect for your five o' clock happy hour.
Nothing Compares with green tea vodka, yuzu juice and mint syrup this drink has the taste of nature.Garnished with large quantities of fresh mint to nibble on, sipping on this cocktail is the ideal way to end your meal.
P & T – a lighter take on a peaty/smoky Scotch drink inspired by a Gin & Tonic with 10-yr Laphroaig Single Malt balanced out by a touch of Monkey Shoulder blended whiskey, an ounce of Tomr’s Tonic, club soda and lemon. Powerful yet light – a perfect mix.
Fung Tu (22 Orchard St., NYC)
Apium Den with Dorothy Parker Gin, lemon juice, celery juice and housemade Sichuan peppercorn syrup, this drink is shaken and served on the rocks. Apium is the Latin name for celery, so the name makes reference to the fact that the drink has celery bitters, along with a play on “opium den.”
Money Tree with Fino and Amontillado Sherry, Cynar (artichoke-based bittersweet, herbaceous liqueur) and two types of bitters (Peychaud’s and Angostura), this mixture is strained into a chilled coupe rinsed with Scotch, finished with a squeeze of oil from a fresh lemon peel.
Chāng Pāo - named after the golden robes of Buddhist monks, this drink has three layers of pastel-colored ingredients: gold, clear and pink. It is built in a tall glass over ice and features Cocchi Americano infused with osmanthus flowers (native to China), dry sparkling wine and Peychaud’s bitters.
Maite (159 Central Avenue)
Chef/Partner Ella Schmidt
Kiko, is a mixture made with Prosecco and pickled Bourbon grapes. The grapes are organic black seedless, left to pickle for two weeks in a mixture of Bulleit bourbon, pink peppercorns, rosemary, thyme, orange and lemon peels, cinnamon, cloves and chilies. Picante!