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5 cocktails from your juicer

By: Enrique Gili on Sept. 26, 2012, 6:06 p.m.
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Bottoms up

Many kitchens come equipped with a few too many gadgets, courtesy of late-night shopping habits. A lot of health-conscious eaters are no exception, purchasing home-juicing machines on impulse with visions of cleanses and fruit shakes dancing in their heads. Unfortunately, juicing machines are a bit like stationary bikes. Since elbow grease is required, healthy recipes get jettisoned in favor of convenience.

Rather than designate juicers to some dark corner, think how much better cocktails and coolers can taste using the freshest ingredients possible, incorporating the natural sweetness of fruits and vegetables instead of unnecessary additives and corn syrup. The next time you're looking for a relaxing beverage, try one of these juicer-inspired cocktails and coolers.