You can indulge in a great cocktail without wrecking your wellness goals.
When conjuring up visions of a relaxing vacation, for many, that includes a perfect cocktail in hand. A great cocktail can feel like a bit of an indulgence, but does not have to be a complete departure from the healthful lifestyle that is so important to many. That’s why we’re sharing a few tips that we followed when creating our Crafted by Westin cocktail menu. We want to help our guests enjoy their time away while still allowing them to leave feeling better than when they arrived.
Minimize added sugar. Too much sugar can be dehydrating, causing headaches, increase bloating, and deplete your energy -- nothing you want to deal with while on vacation. To avoid these side effects, it’s best to minimize sugary additives and mixers like concentrated juice and soda. Instead, stick to mixing with flavorful alternatives like fresh-squeezed juices, teas, and sparkling water or small amounts of natural sweeteners like honey and agave. Not only do you not miss the added sugar, but the end result has a cleaner taste.
Eat more greens. You know the vast benefits of sourcing local, natural, and organic ingredients for your meals, so consider that those are also options for mixing a delicious cocktail. Locally-grown herbs and fresh fruit or vegetable garnishes will transform the flavor. Not to mention, all of this punches up the visual appeal before you even take a sip.
Infuse your own. Rather than artificially flavored liquors, opt to create your own. Take your favorite spirit and infuse it with natural fruits and flavors like lemon, lime, basil, or pineapple.
Focus on hydration. Especially on vacation, keep hydrating. Variations in altitude, sun exposure, jet lag, activity level, and even increased drinking can deplete water from your body. Stay ahead of the game by drinking plenty of water. That includes having a large glass of water for every cocktail you enjoy to help offset the effects of the alcohol.
Crafted at Westin is a signature cocktail program offered at each Westin destination around the globe. At each of our lobby bars you’ll find a menu unique to that location, where our mixologists have dreamed up menus filled with artisanal elixirs and fresh selections of expertly mixed cocktails infused with natural ingredients and local flavors.