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Opt for organic spirits from Prairie (left) or the Absolut Berri Acai vodka.

which contains flavored acai, blueberry, and pomegranate). On the most basic level, bartending culture has changed dramatically. It’s now common to use freshly squeezed juices in cocktails, whereas 20 years ago canned or premixed was the standard. To get an idea of the difference, check the ingredients of Mr. & Mrs. T Sweet & Sour Mix, one of the most popular commercial brands. A serving of 3.5 fluid ounces contains 20 grams of highfructose corn syrup. It also has preservatives (potassium sorbate and sodium metabisulfite) as well as Calcium Disodium EDTA, an organic pollutant that appears on the FDA’s toxicity watchlist.

While it’s easy enough to beat up on commercial sweet-and-sour mixes, the fact is that many bartenders are making their own simple syrups, bitters, vermouth, and even cordials and liqueurs. These components have expanded the flavor range and creativity of today’s cocktail lists. The debate over whether or not alcohol is good for you won’t end anytime soon, but meanwhile you stand a much better chance of drinking a handcrafted libation with more healthful elements. «

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