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You want: A Ginger Margarita

Opt for: The Healthy Moscow Mule

Courtesy Annie Lawless, co-founder, Suja Juice

Served at Searsucker restaurants in San Diego and Del Mar, California, this take on the classic Moscow mule cocktail gets a kick of nutrients from the addition of cold-pressed juice (the blend in this recipe is a combination of apples, celery, cucumber, spinach, collard greens, kale, lemon and ginger).  

“Cold-pressed juices are the perfect mixers for cocktails because they are a complete package of hydration, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals,” says Lawless. “If you wouldn’t drink energy drinks or sugar syrups usually, there’s no reason to do so when you are having a cocktail.”

4 ounces Fever Tree ginger beer
2 ounces Belvedere vodka
2 ounces Suja Fiji juice
Lime wedge, for garnish
Ginger matchstick, for garnish

Stir together the ginger beer, vodka and juice in a mixing glass. Pour into a copper mug filled with ice. Garnish with a lime wedge and ginger matchstick.

Tips: Annie Lawless serves up these shortcuts for calorie-counting cocktail lovers.

Get informed. “Know what's in your favorite cocktails,” says Lawless. “Many people order their favorite drinks, like a margarita, piña colada or cosmopolitan, with no idea how many calories they are consuming. There’s no need to fully eliminate these things from your life, but if you hit the bar informed, you’re in a much better position to order one and split with a friend before switching to something much lighter.”

Watch your mixers. “You could have a few mimosas before you realize you’ve consumed half a carton of low-grade orange juice,” says Lawless. “Opt instead for soda water or sparkling water with a splash of your favorite juice for all the flavor without the calories.”

Break it up. “Space your drinks out and sip water in between so you don’t get caught up and drink more than you actually need or truly want to,” says Lawless. Aim to sip on one full glass of water between each cocktail.

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