Fun, fizzy cocktails and fresh water infusions add a health-conscious twist to summer’s most refreshing libations.
Andrea Correale stocks her artisan water bar with mason jars of fruit-and herb-infused waters.
Remember summers of calorie-busting piña coladas and frozen margaritas? Today’s more health-minded consumers are looking for refreshing new ways to enjoy seasonal spirits without excess sugars or calories.
“There has definitely been a shift,” notes Navy Beach’s bar manager, Martin Cabrera. “People really watch what they drink.” To stay on trend, Montauk’s scenic hot spot is introducing four new refreshing spritzers: Rosemary Citrus Spritz, Cucumber Frizz, American Summer Spritz, and Blood Orange Piscine. The cocktails are served over ice with fresh fruit, top spirits (think: citrus vodka, rosé Champagne, and reposado tequila), and finished off with sparkling water.
Beverage companies, too, are looking for flavorful ways to lighten up people’s summer sips. New all-natural, gluten-free Splash Mixers are 20 calories each and come in flavors like mojito, cosmopolitan, and Moscow mule, and can be paired with liquor or sparkling water. Available at several restaurants and retailers out East, the brand’s Splash Bar Car (a 1957 vintage BMW Isetta with an attached trolley) will be touring the area throughout the season, offering residents samples and fun photo ops.
Voss’s sparkling lemon cucumber and tangerine lemongrass bottles.
Another twist on seasonal imbibing is finding ways to serve sexy drinks minus the calories—or the buzz. “More and more people are looking for non-alcoholic options,” says Elegant Affairs’ Andrea Correale, who is introducing a new, sophisticated water bar option for their clients’ events. “In the Hamptons, people understand the benefits of drinking a lot of water.”
With a variety of flavors like watermelon ginger and lemon basil, and waters imbued with volcanic or vitamin elements, Correale says the bar shines a more stylish light on water.
Upscale bottled brand Voss is also coming out with new sparkling options. Available in lemon cucumber and tangerine lemongrass, and served in the Norwegian brand’s iconic glass bottles, both blends are all natural and—you guessed it—calorie-free. Bottoms up! Navy Beach, 16 Navy Road, Montauk, 668-6868; Elegant Affairs, 110 Glen Cove Ave., Glen Cove, 516-676-8500