Healthy Cocktails? Health Yeah!

While drinking is a lot of fun, it’s not exactly the healthiest activity one can engage in. Fortunately, Bar Manager Giselle Minshull of Portland’s Bluehour has made drinking just a little better for you. She’s gone and developed four healthy cocktails that might just help you cure (or even prevent) that hangover.

Warm weather has graced most parts of the country. All sorts of fruits and vegetables are in season or soon will be; it would be a shame to miss out on the Earth’s bounty at its peak deliciousness. Minshull’s healthy cocktails offer an excuse to taste fresh fruits and vegetables even while getting your drink on.

If you’re looking to expand the capability of your home bar, you might consider getting a juicer. Once you do, you’ll suddenly have the power to create some seriously healthy cocktails. You might even use your juicer to make non-alcoholic juice — though why would you do that to yourself?

Related: How to Prevent a Hangover

1. The Carrot Bloody Marycarrot bloody mary

As far as healthy cocktails go, your average Bloody Mary isn’t bad. Still, the Carrot Bloody Mary kicks the healthiness factor up a notch. If you like traditional Bloody Marys, you would do well to try this sweet and spicy concoction. You’ll find that it’s a helluva way to start your day.


  • 1.00 oz carrot and cherry tomato, juiced
  • 1.00 oz vodka
  • 1.00 oz lemon juice
  • 0.75 oz agave
  • 0.75 oz Secret Aardvark hot sauce


Add a good pinch of pink peppercorns to the glass. Combine and shake ingredients, then strain and serve in a Collins glass. Garnish with a pickled carrot.

2. The Sweet Pea 75Bluehour_SweetPeaFrench75

If someone offered you a glass of pea juice, you might feel inclined to slap them in the face and storm off in disgust. As it turns out, sweet peas actually make pretty decent juice. This cocktail also works with juiced snow peas.


  • 0.75 oz sweet peas, juiced
  • 1.00 oz gin
  • 0.75 oz lemon juice
  • 0.25 oz simple syrup
  • Cava


Combine and shake ingredients, then strain into a martini glass. Top with cava and garnish with a sweet pea.

3. Straw and PineBluehour_StrawAndPine

If one drink could represent the taste of Oregon in late spring, this would be it. Combine Oregon’s legendary strawberries with the piney taste of St. George Terroir Gin, and you have one unforgettable cocktail. Use California strawberries if you must.


  • 2.00 oz strawberry, juiced
  • 1.00 oz St. George Terroir Gin
  • 1.00 oz lemon juice
  • 0.75 oz simple syrup
  • Soda water


Combine and shake ingredients, then roll into a Collins glass. Top with soda water and garnish with a strawberry.

4. The Beet Amaretto Sour (“Groundhog”)Bluehour_BeetAmerettoSour

You’re not afraid to drink a purple beverage, are you? This tasty number is an earthier, heartier version of a classic Amaretto Sour that simply can’t be “beet.” Ugh, sorry about that.


  • 0.75 oz beet, juiced
  • 1.50 oz Luxardo Amaretto
  • 0.75 oz lime juice
  • 0.75 oz simple syrup
  • 1 egg white
  • Angostura Bitters


Dry shake egg white and liquids until nice and frothy, then shake the ingredients hard with ice. Strain into a martini glass, and add a few dashes of bitters.

Bluehour is an exquisite restaurant in Portland’s Pearl District. They serve chiefly French and New American cuisine. They also have an outstanding happy hour menu and plenty of unique cocktails. The healthy cocktails mentioned above are just a glimpse of Giselle Minshull’s ingenuity.

Photos by Frances Dyer