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7 healthy drinks to have instead of booze for dry January

Taking a breather after the booze-fuelled December we just had? We don’t blame you. Try these rejuvenating juices and elixirs to get your 2020 off to a healthy and energising start.


Checkcheckcin’s Rejuvenating Kumquat Wolfberry Tea 

If you’re looking for some TCM to nourish your body, look to Checkcheckcin, Hong Kong’s first grab-and-go drinks shop backed by a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner. Their newest winter warmer focuses on the healing benefits of mulberry mistletoe, also known as the Chinese taxillus herb, an ingredient considered to relieve ‘dampness’ and fatigue and nourish our ‘yin’ — hence great for female health and pregnant women too. This Kumquat Wolfberry Tea (HK$34 hot; HK$36 cold) adds equally nourishing dried longan, honey and salted kumquat for a delicious and lightly sweet drink perfect for the drier winter months.

Checkcheckcin, various locations including G/F, Kai Fung Building, 4-6 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, +852 2833 5518


Tizzy Shots’ Cold-Pressed Vegan Shots

Save the tequila shots for another night; With flu season in full swing, you’ll benefit from these little cold-pressed ginger elixirs from Tizzy Shots. Boosting immunity, helping to fight inflammation and alkalising for your body, these fiery shots (HK$160 for three) are perfect to stock at home for a pick-me-up in the morning. Try the newest Vegan Shots, which are sweetened with agave rather than honey.

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Matchali’s Matcha Latte

Started by cousins Cara and Laura Li, Matchali is a new tea brand that is serious about making matcha culture cool to the discerning crowds in Hong Kong. They use antioxidant packed, ceremonial-grade matcha from Uji, Kyoto that’s typically used by monks in meditation rituals in their beverages. Try a hand-whisked Matcha or Hojicha latte (with your choice of dairy, almond or oat milk) at their debut pop-up at The Upper House this month (2–23 January). Bring a friend from 2-9 January to get an extra drink at no extra cost. 

Open Tuesday to Friday 8am-4pm; Saturday and Sunday 9am-5pm. Closed Mondays. 6/F, The Upper House, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong


Miss Lee’s Tropical Passion 

From the folks that brought you the irreverent restobar and snack store concepts Lee Lo Mei and Lee Ho Sing, Miss Lee is a newly opened eatery focusing on modern Chinese vegetarian fare with an all day menu and a grab-and-go takeaway counter. Besides vegan and vegetarian-friendly options, you’ll want to check out their selection of handcrafted smoothies and juices, too. We have our eye on the Tropical Passion, a healthy concoction of carrot, pineapple, passionfruit and turmeric (HK$68), while the seasonal 24 Carrot Gold (HK$78) is a warming alternative with pumpkin spice, carrot and apple juices and organic almond mylk.

Miss Lee, G/F The Wellington, 198 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2881 1811


Topfix’s Avocago Smoothie

What better way to quench a sweat-dripping workout at Topfit than with a healthy shake at its recently launched salad and juice bar Topfix? We love the Avocago (HK$48), a delightfully creamy blend of sweet ripe mango, avocado and your choice of milk — add a scoop of protein (HK$20) for the ideal energising treat to help your muscles recover. Looking to ease into happy hour after an evening class? You can expect to soon be able to spike your smoothie with a shot of liqueur and enjoy your night out on the breezy terrace, which opens until 9pm.

Topfix, 6/F, 8 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2877 9989


Genie Juicery’s Sweet Dreams

Whether you’re sold on the idea of juice cleanses or not, you can still benefit from the nutrient-packed juices, soups and smoothies at Genie Juicery. Swap your nightcap for a bottle of Sweet Dreams (HK$60) — a delicious, milky blend of almond mylk and vanilla bean that’s sweetened with medjool dates, and topped with a sprinkle of pink himalayan salt to keep it balanced and never too filling. It’s just the thing for sweet tooths who are thinking to lay low on dessert, but with just the right subtle sweet kick to sate your cravings. Our favourite way to drink it is to warm it up in a water bath before sipping. Just like warm (cow’s) milk, almond milk is also packed with tryptophans that can help you sleep better in the evening, too.

Genie Juicery, Shop 2096B, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong


12Noon’s Fresh Delight

Cold pressed juices tend to be either on the sweet side, or on the bitter side (especially if it’s pure green juice packed with vegetables). Striking a good balance in terms of light refreshing flavour and a subtle sweetness is 12Noon, a healthy, affordable grab-and-go concept by the art scene power couple Pascal and Sylvie de Sarthe. The Fresh Delight (HK$38), made with watermelon, pineapple, tomato and lemon juices, almost reminds you of a cheeky bloody mary but packed with vitamins and immune-strengthening benefits. Best yet, it’s only 77 calories per bottle.

12Noon, various locations including Grand Millennium Plaza, G/F, 181 Queen’s Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2890 9849

7 healthy drinks to have instead of booze for dry January

Evelyn Lok

Managing Editor

When not trying out the latest beauty and wellness trends, Evelyn is likely enjoying a perfectly balanced negroni or exploring some of Hong Kong's best new places to eat and drink. At Lifestyle Asia she covers everything from the biggest events in town to interviews with Hong Kong specialists, with topics spanning art, food and drink, health, tech, and travel.


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