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5 Amazing Fresh Juice Cocktails. With Recipes

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That juicer you bought for that New Year’s cleanse? Put it to work for cocktails, too. Here’s inspo from bars that are showcasing fresh juices – from the tropical flavors of pineapple and citrus to bright beets and carrots.

1. Scottish Beats

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Nodding to the classic Blood & Sand, this drink by Jason Percival, the bar manager at Boston’s Post 390, relies on beets for its dramatic rosy hue and a hint of sweetness.

2. Plain Killer

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At James Beard Award winner Tory Miller’s pan-Asian restaurant, Sujeo in Madison, Wis., a duo of fresh pineapple and orange juices round out a Tiki-style libation (modeled on the classic Painkiller) built for two thirsty revelers.

3. Carrot Thing

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New York City’s Saxon + Parole plays with plenty of fresh produce on its drink menu, which means that (depending on the season) guests often request “that watermelon thing” or “that pumpkin thing.” This time, head bartenders Maxime Belfand and Masa Urushido stayed one step ahead and named their heirloom-carrot-packed winter drink accordingly.

4. Pomelo Cream Fizz

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Recipe courtesy Brad Goocher, Le Farfalle, Charleston, SC

Pomelos—large thick-skinned citrus fruits—are easy to find in Asian markets. But grapefruit works just as well in this refreshingly fizzy drink. Brad Goocher, the beverage director at Charleston, S.C.’s Le Farfalle, also makes a mocktail version of the drink with three ounces of juice and one ounce each of honey and cream.

5. Calafia

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Newly opened in December 2016 from Top Chef alum Ryan Scott, the cocktail menu at San Francisco’s Finn Town boasts plenty of fresh juices—cucumber, ginger, etc. But fennel’s not one you see on the drink menu very often. This drink by bartender Anthony Parks lends freshness and subtle anise to a tequila-forward sipper.