What if I told you your next cleanse could include tequila? Okay, that’s not entirely true. But we’ve found the best way to incorporate cocktails into your diet in the healthiest way possible. Jules Aron, the author of Zen & Tonic, has created a recipe book of 50 delicious drinks made with the healthiest, mos revitalizing and alkalizing ingredients. A NYC based mixologist and natural lifestyle expert, she is passionate about a healthy and wholesome lifestyle that includes drinks that fuel the body, mind, and spirit(s)!

Which is how Zen & Tonic Came into creation. Using only the best, natural, and organic ingredients, Jules raises the bar on cocktails with her drinks. To understand how Jules is revolutionizing the cocktail world one drink at a time, we asked a few questions about drinking, superfoods, and combining them together! Take a look:

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Most people don’t think of alcohol as a healthy experience. What inspired you to come up with recipes so vastly different from the usual sugary messes we see in bars?

I grew up eating good, wholesome food. And to this day, I love to eat clean and exercise. There’s nothing more important and more enjoyable to me than sharing a flavorful meal and a few delicious drinks with my friends and loved ones. Yet, I’ve always been bothered by the sour mixes and simple syrups involved in cocktail making. They always tasted too sweet and artificial. And gave me headaches and hangovers. I wanted drinks that made me feel energized and refreshed not sluggish and tired.

Being drawn to holistic healing practices, I studied Yoga, Qigong and Traditional Chinese Medicine and trained as a Holistic Health Coach. Through it all, I developed a deep appreciation for the power of wholesome nutrition and how to incorporate these nutrients into my cocktails.

We love that you included the benefits of every ingredient used! Which superfoods do you think make the best ingredients for these drinks? 

Herbs, flowers, fruits and vegetables all have very powerful and healing nutrients. Superfruit berries, for instance, such as acai and gojis pack an extraordinary amount of antioxidants that protect the tissues and cells of our body, can improve the look and feel of your hair, skin and nails and are packed with immune boosting vitamins A, C and E.

Chlorophyll-rich herbs such as parsley and cilantro are very detoxifying and contain an unusual spectrum of healing phytonutrients. In fact, cilantro is one of the very few herbs that can help eliminate heavy metals accumulated in the body.

Was alcohol always looked on so negatively from a health perspective?

Not at all. Alcohol was used for over thousands of years as the most efficient medium for delivering the medicinal properties of plants into our bloodstream.

Restorative cocktails, served up in apothecaries, were made from herbs, flowers, fruits, spices and vegetables laced in alcohol, to preserve their healing properties. These pharmacist-prepared tonics served people well, helping with ailments ranging from upset stomach to scurvy.

 You encourage your readers to use organic alcohols. Does it make that big a difference?

People should consider organic spirits for the same reason they choose organic food: to avoid artificial additives, and to help promote sustainable farming practices. A pure, high quality product tastes amazing, and its absence of chemicals lessens hangovers. And if you choose high quality ingredients otherwise, shouldn’t your alcohol reflect that as well?

 Which Zen & Tonic cocktail is your favorite? 

There are so many favorites to choose from!

Glow, Baby, Glow, is a deliciously refreshing cucumber, honeydew kale beauty shot that works to purify your skin from the inside out. A perfect elixir to grab with your friends before you head out on the town. Just drink and glow! (pg 153)

Spring Fling (pg 69) is a bright, colorful punch brimming with goodness. Its pretty, flavorful and perfect for Spring. The berries, beets and rhubarb play well together and the Kombucha, the health promoting fermented tea, adds just a touch of effervescence.

 

Glow, Baby, Glow

This cucumber honeydew kale shot works to purify your skin from the inside out. Drink and glow.

Makes 4 shots

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INGREDIENTS

  • 4 large kale leaves
  • 1 apple
  • 1/2 honeydew melon
  • 1 medium-size cucumber
  • 1 lime
  • 4 ounces gin

INSTRUCTIONS 

  1. Juice all the ingredients, except the gin.
  2. Transfer to a shaker with ice and add the gin.
  3. Pour into four shot glasses.

Superfood Spotlight

Did you know that kale contains more calcium per calorie than milk? Kale also has more iron than beef, and with its 3:1 ratio of carbohydrate to protein, its nutritional density is unparalleled among green leafy vegetables!

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For more information about Jules and her dedication to a green and gorgeous life, visit her website here. To order Zen & Tonic, visit this page. For more stories on Wellness, see our other stories

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