Healthy Cocktails at These Amazing Hotels Should Help Inspire You to Travel this Summer
Summer is almost here! Treat your taste-buds to a few healthy cocktails with locally sourced ingredients that both taste good and are good for you. After you have a sip of these tantalizing treats, you may even be inspired to pack your bags and plan a trip to where the ingredients can be found.
Aruba Mule at Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
Aloe is one of Aruba’s biggest exports with 12 vitamins, 35 minerals, and 20 amino acids plus many healing qualities, and Aruba Aloe is one of the oldest aloe companies in the world. Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino offers an Aruba Mule at their lobby bar, which is infused with aloe from Aruba Aloe. Guests can also order this cocktail “skinny” without sugar and with gluten-free liquor. Inspired by its tropical goodness? If the mule has you tempted to soak in the sun and see where the aloe comes from, plan a trip to the ‘One Happy Island’ and check out the Aruba Aloe Factory.
Health Benefits of Aloe – Helps hydrate the body and skin, helps liver function, reduces dental plaque, helps treat mouth ulcers, heartburn relief
Aruba Mule recipe:
1.25 oz Vodka
2 oz Aloe Vera Juice
0.25 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
0.25 oz Simple Syrup
4 oz Ginger Beer
Fill a copper mule mug or a rocks glass with ice. Add vodka, aloe vera juice, fresh lemon juice, and simple syrup to the glass. Top with ginger beer and stir gently. Garnish with mint leaves.
Chamomile Honey Old Fashioned at JW Marriott El Convento Cusco
The JW Marriott El Convento Cusco, a 16th century convent turned five-star hotel, is keen on incorporating local ingredients into its ever-changing menu of holistic cocktails. Served at Qespi Bar, these “cocktails with a purpose” are inspired by locally harvested superfoods including local produce and Andean medicinal plants such as coca and salvia leaves, finding ways to add a dash of wellness to the cocktail experience. One of the local favorites is the Camomile Honey Old Fashioned, made up of the calming and anti-inflammatory herb chamomile, which has been used since ancient times. The simple syrup used to blend the flavors is made of dried and fresh chamomile, and enhanced with locally harvested honey. The bourbon is infused with fresh chamomile to bring out the sweet floral notes in the cocktail, for a calming sensation after a day exploring the ancient capital of the Inca.
Health Benefits of Chamomile – Helps fight anxiety and depression, helps ulcers, skin disorders, muscle spasms, and insomnia
Camomile Honey Old Fashioned recipe:
1.5 oz Jim Beam White
0.5 oz Chamomile-infused bourbon
0.5 oz Honey + Chamomile infused simple syrup
3 dashes of homemade bitters
Add ingredients to mixing glass with ice. Stir to chill and pour into drinking glass, either neat or on the rocks.
Key Lime Martini at The Perry Hotel Key West
Key lime is the Florida Keys’ staple ingredient that is known to slow down aging, fight infections, peptic ulcers and cardiovascular disease, help individuals with type 2 diabetes and enhance digestion. Since key lime pie originated in Key West, it’s no surprise that The Perry Hotel Key West has created a craft cocktail that represents an inventive twist on the famed ingredient. The brand new property’s Key Lime Martini is made with vodka, cream of coconut, freshly squeezed, locally sourced key lime, pineapple juice, and simple syrup with a graham cracker-crusted rim.
Health Benefits of Lime – Weight loss, improved digestion
Key Lime Martini recipe:
2oz Tito’s vodka
.75oz Mangrove Vanilla Honey
3 Key Limes muddled
Add ingredients to shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled Martini Glass and garnish with a Key Lime wedge.
Desert Date at Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa
With average summer temps reaching 110 degrees in California’s Coachella Valley, visitors and locals turn to the famous date shake for a sweet and chilly treat. Try the boozy version at Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa, using only locally grown deglet dates, Chef Paul adds a splash of rum and sprinkle of coconut for the perfect summer shake. Ingredients for this delicious drink include vanilla ice cream, whole milk, deglet dates, Myers rum and toasted coconut.
Health Benefits of Dates – Promotes heart health, reduces blood pressure, prevents colon cancer, aids in weight loss, boosts energy, strengthens bones, and is full of vitamins and minerals.
Date Shake recipe:
1 ½ cups of vanilla ice cream
½ cup whole milk
13 deglet dates
1 tablespoon Myers rum
1 ½ tablespoon shaved coconut, toasted
Put all ingredients except for the toasted coconut and one date into the blender. Blend on high for at least 30 seconds or until all of the dates have been blended. Pour into a clean glass of your choice. Garnish with toasted coconut and 1 whole date on top.