The Superfood Cocktail Revolution has begun!

Healthy cocktails might sound like an oxymoron but suspend belief and get down to The Counter House.

 The Counter House in Ancoats pride themselves on serving up a range of fantastic nutritional food, smoothies and juices but there’s another thing that they are good at – and it’s all about the alcohol.

A quick scan through their menu and you’ll find a whole host of what can only be describes as ‘healthy’ cocktails – booze filled delights so full of goodness that you won’t end up feeling like you slept in a ditch when you wake up in the morning.

So is it possible to have something with alcohol and it still be good for you? Well, probably not – but these beauties are certainly much better for you than a standard Rum & Coke and you might just tick off a couple of your 5 a day while you’re at it.

First and foremost, must be the brilliant Beetroot Sour (£8) which I’ve talked about many times here on Finest – mostly because it’s one of my favorite tipples in the city at the moment. This bourbon-based cocktail comes with beetroot (obviously), agave, lime and surprisingly – celery bitters. The sour comes from the citrus, while it’s sweet enough with the agave and the bourbon to not be too tart.

Sounding like something a runner would drink for breakfast, the Carrot and Blood Orange Crush (£8) is a wonder of cocktail making prowess and a drink that I could drink all night and still have a spring in my step. Alongside some vodka you’ll be overdosing on vitamin C with a blend of carrot juice and blood orange juice, honey and a final squeeze of Grand Marnier orange liqueur.

Another rather exotic number is the Kiwi Cooler (£8), a rather odd cocktail that is also super tasty (and strong). Alongside vodka you’ll find some lovely blended up kiwi fruit, white wine, apple and… pea. I know it sounds a bit mental but trust me when I say that it’s brilliant. Super refreshing and it’ll have you hammered in no time.

Taking inspiration from one of the best drinks ever, the Mango and Mint Lassi is a boozy take on the classic Indian drink. It comes loaded with dark rum, mango, orange, yoghurt and mint – creating a fresh and tangy cocktail that goes perfect alongside The Counter House’s excellent Spiced Dahl curry.

Finally, I tried a healthy take on one of the best drinks in the world – Brazil’s Caipirinha. The Counter House’s version comes with honey and kumquat, which is a fruit that I have absolutely no idea what it looks like but I bloody love how it tastes. Amazing.

The Counter House, 35 Blossom St, Manchester M4 6AJ
0161 414 0065



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