Cleaner Cocktails for a Truly Happy New Year

Cleaner cocktails
Reprinted with permission of the Countryman Press, 2017 and photographer Amy Roth.

You want to party on New Year’s Eve—but the morning-after consequences are never fun. Plus, there’s nothing like a hangover to make keeping those I’m-going-to-get-into-the-best-shape-ever resolutions really tough.

Here’s a solution to this common dilemma: Drinks made with more wholesome ingredients and no refined sugar. The lack of excess sugar can help you sip more slowly (instead of chugging like a rookie). Also, you know how terrible you feel after overindulging in sugar alone; adding alcohol just compounds the pain.

“The artificial mixers and additives found in the average cocktail, which we consider a ‘chemical shitstorm,’ are what are causing your headaches, bloat, and overall inflammation—you know, the typical hangover,” write health coaches Beth Ritter Nydick and Tara Roscioli in their book Clean Cocktails, which features “exceptional cocktails made with freshly expressed or freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices and purees packed with vitamins; fresh herbs containing loads of nutrients; and spices known to reduce inflammation, such as cinnamon, cayenne pepper,
 and ginger.”

Check out two of our favorite recipes from the book, below.

And hey, if you somehow do end up with a hangover anyway, here are some natural cures to help you out.


My Darling Clementine

  • Serves: 1
My Darling Clementine cocktail


  • 2 ounces freshly squeezed clementine juice
  • 2 ounces unsweetened cranberry juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • Ice
  • Seltzer water
  • Garnish: Clementine wedge


  1. Combine the clementine juice, cranberry juice, and vodka in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake for 10 seconds.
  2. Strain the contents of the shaker into an ice-filled rocks glass. Top off with the seltzer, garnish with a clementine wedge, and serve.

Recommended Barware: Rocks Glass

Fresh BeGINings

  • Serves: 1
Fresh BeGINings cocktail


  • 1/4 cup fresh pineapple wedges
  • 3 fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup organic kale juice
  • 2 ounces gin or vodka
  • Ice
  • Garnish: Pineapple wedge


  1. Muddle all but 1 of the pineapple wedges and the basil leaves in a cocktail shaker until there are no large pieces remaining. Add the kale juice, gin, and ice and shake for 10 seconds.
  2. Strain the contents of the shaker into an ice-filled highball glass, garnish with the remaining pineapple wedge, and serve.

Recommended Barware: Highball Glass


Recipes reprinted with permission from Clean Cocktails.