Where Juice Bar Meets Cocktails: 8 Health-Conscious Cocktails

Pour Vous' Lapin Fou cocktail by Caroline on Crack
Juice cocktails by Caroline on Crack

Pour Vous' Lapin Fou carrot juice cocktail.

With L.A. being on a big time juicing kick lately thanks to the popularity of juice bars like Pressed Juicery and Liquid Juice Bar, it’s no wonder that the health craze found its way into our local cocktail bars. And as cocktails were originally created to cure what ails ya, the addition of fresh vegetable juices is the perfect marriage.

Here are a few veg juice cocktails available around town to keep you happy and, ahem, healthy. Sante!

BLVD 16‘s Beets Me: Citron vodka, organic beet juice, lemon juice, agave nectar

Napa Valley Grille's Jolly Green Machine Cocktail by Napa Valley Grille

Napa Valley Grille's Jolly Green Machine

Eva Restaurant thought up a few “hair of the dog” cocktail remedies featuring the likes of kale for Vitamin C and iron, celery as a cleanser and beets for increased stamina.

  • Kale: kale juice, silver tequila, lime, ginger, Dolin Blanc, cracked black pepper
  • Celery: celery juice, London gin, house lime cordial, celery bitters
  • Beet: beet and lemon shrub, aged rum, Dolin Blanc, ginger beer foam

Napa Valley Grille‘s Jolly Green Machine was created for Earth Day. Farmer’s Organic Gin, baby kale, lemonade, St. Germaine, club soda, agave syrup. The verdant cocktail layers tart and tangy flavors with grassy sweetness.

Pour Vous on Melrose has a whole category on its cocktail menu dedicated to health-conscious drinking!  These are a couple of my favorites from there.

  • Lapin Fou: Poire eau de view, carrot, lemon, Velay Jaune, ginger. Mmm, naughty carrot juice.
  • Sur La Mer: Rhum, lime, E3 living algae, fresca, salt, evaporated cane. It’s alive! And it’s good for you. Don’t be scared of the live algae, the cocktail tastes daiquiri-esque.

Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air added a Bloody Mary bar to its Sunday brunch. Included is the Bloody Carrot: carrot juice with horseradish-infused Ketel One Vodka and chili syrup.

4 Responses to Where Juice Bar Meets Cocktails: 8 Health-Conscious Cocktails
  1. [...] April 20, Caroline on Crack founder Caroline Pardilla posted about Where Juice Bar Meets Cocktails: 8 Health-Conscious Cocktails, including Napa Valley Grille’s Jolly Green Machine and Pour Vous’ Sur La [...]

  2. California shuttle girl
    April 23, 2012 | 5:47 pm

    I have been on a juice kick lately and have to admit the Kale cocktail sounds and looks delicious. I will have to try one soon!

    • Caroline on Crack
      April 23, 2012 | 5:49 pm

      Yes! Kale offers a nice spiciness. At Sage Vegan Bistro in Echo Park, you can add kale to any of their shakes!

  3. [...] Paul created this to go with a dish by Matt Shapiro that had halibut, pea tendrils and mushrooms. It’s not officially on the menu but rather on the “secret swizzle menu” and you can still ask for it. NO idea why he called in R Kelly, though. Heh. But don’t let that stop you from ordering this unique cocktail which tastes very fresh and healthy (See: health cocktails roundup). [...]

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