The holiday season is a time of celebration, which means many parties to attend, toasts (not the avocado kind) included. So, you might as well make sure your cocktails are chock full of healthy ingredients (hello, matcha tea, carrot juice, and fresh-pressed beets) to help balance out the role that alcohol plays in your cup of holiday cheer. That’s the kind of inspiration you get hanging out with Grant Wheeler, the beverage director at Den Hospitality, which owns super trendy cocktail bars The Garret East and The Garret West in Manhattan. Wheeler’s a big proponent of shaking and stirring with superfood mixers.
Edited and adapted for Charlottesbook.com Despite its numerous and much publicized benefits, green tea was not a habit I readily adopted. I never liked the grassy taste, and I preferred the tangible buzz that black tea provides—but my whole attitude towards green tea turned around when I tried a matcha latte. Frothy and delicious with a powerful kick of energy, one cup of matcha made me a green tea convert. As opposed to steeping your tea leaves, Matcha is made from blending the finely ground tea leaves into hot water to make a beautiful, vibrantly green, chlorophyll-rich beverage.