According to Shannon Rosie, a Sydney-based clinical nutritionist and author of the book Conscious Cocktails, it is possible to indulge in the odd cocktail and be good to your body at the same time. “It’s about outsmarting the alcohol,” says Shannon, whose book is full of recipes for cocktails that have healthy ingredients alongside the alcohol. “By balancing it out with the right mixers, juices and herbs, and eliminating sugar and other nasties, you give your body what it needs to process the alcohol and keep your blood sugar balanced.” “We are all so conscious about what we eat, I questioned why that wasn’t applied to what we drink,” explains Shannon, who as well as running her own clinical nutrition practice opened the Sydney beachside restaurant Rosie’s Coogee earlier this year. “Why do we gulp down green juices and steam salmon and kale all week, only to throw it out the window when we reach for sugary cocktails on the weekend? It’s as if alcohol falls under different rules. It made no sense to me and that’s why I created Conscious Cocktails. I replaced sugary mixers with nutritional, medicinal boosters to counteract or balance the negative effects of alcohol. “Experts agree that too much alcohol is definitely not healthy, but the jury is still out regarding the potential benefits of moderate alcohol consumption. While the research continues, let’s mitigate any potential damage by removing the toxic ingredients and replacing them with some potent superfoods!”
Conscious Cocktails, $40, is available from livingwith rosie.com.