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Drink to Good Health

By Alice Levitt

Photo by April Valencia

02.25.19

Potions, elixirs and tonics—oh my! Go green this season with these good-for-you sippers.

Shiso Szechuan Spritz
Yauatcha
The Galleria’s dim sum gem pours an elegant collection of more than 20 house tea blends. But as temperatures rise, we’re most excited to get our jasmines and oolongs in the form of tea coolers. The fizzy Shiso Szechuan Spritz awakens palates with cucumber, Japanese mint, Szechuan aloe and antioxidant-rich oolong tea. 5045 Westheimer Road, 713.357.7588

Forbidden Root
True Food Kitchen
Integrative medicine guru Dr. Andrew Weil prescribes a varied menu of anti-inflammatory tipples at his chic restaurant chain. Craving booze? Juice-based cocktails use organic vodka, wine and tequila. Forbidden Root, a combo of apple, red beet and rosemary, gets a sneaky boost from a shot of lemon-infused vodka. 1700 Post Oak Blvd., 281.605.2505

Sesame Rose Elixir
Vibrant
The menu is sourced hyperlocally; there’s no refined sugar, gluten or dairy in sight; and the website offers timely astrology posts, but there’s hardly a hint of hippie at this invitingly modern cafe. The bone broth and grain bowl might get most of the attention, but don’t skip a bold-tasting drink. The Sesame Rose Elixir amps up sesame milk with fragrant rose essence. 1931 Fairview, 832.409.6423

Mangos on a Sunday
Wooster’s Garden
It’s an open secret that one of the city’s best bars also provides teetotalers with some of the tastiest mocktails around. Fresh-squeezed juices, chiles and spices all conspire to tickle both taste buds and immune system. Try Mangos on a Sunday, which pairs the titular fruit with nori, coriander, citrus, orange flower water and fluffy egg white. 3315 Milam, 713.520.0015