Sugar is one of the main contributors of calorie-laden cocktails, but this drink keeps it simple and clean. The lime contains natural sugar and the Q-tonic is crafted from organic agave, both of which keep calories to a minimum.
2 oz. Barr Hill Gin 1 shake of Fee Brothers Orange Bitters Q-Tonic Lime ice cube
Make lime ice cubes with fresh lime juice that has been fine strained. Fill double old-fashioned glass with ice and one cube of lime ice on top. Add gin, then bitters, then tonic. Garnish with a lime twist.
Nick & Toni’s, 136 N. Main St., East Hampton, 631-324-3550
Watermelon is naturally sweet in flavor and it’s full of vitamins A, B6, and C; lycopene; antioxidants; and amino acids. Tequila also has some surprising health benefits because it helps the body absorb calcium, which is essential in order to burn fat.
1.75 oz. jalapeño-infused Don Julio Tequila 1 oz. watermelon puree .75 fresh lime .75 simple syrup
For the jalapeño-infused tequila: Slice three washed and destemmed jalapeños and place in a large quart size jar. Pour tequila in the jar and close with a lid. Shake slightly and store in a dark place for 2-3 days. Strain tequila through a fine mesh strainer.
For the watermelon puree: Puree watermelon in a blender and strain through a fine-mesh strainer.
Combine all ingredients in a large shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with a slice of watermelon and jalapeño for extra heat.
Southampton Social Club, 256 Elm St., Southampton, NY, 631-287-1400
Cucumbers can help releive stress and anxiety, and they're also rich in fiber. This cocktail is made even healthier by mint, which relieves indigestion, calms the stomach, and is one of highest producing herbs in antioxidants.
2 ounces Absolut Elyx Cucumber Mint leaves .5 oz. simple syrup Splash of club soda Cucumber wheel
Mix first five ingredients and garnish with a cucumber wheel.
Harlow East, 1 Long Wharf, Sag Harbor, 631-725-5858