13 Energizing Spa Drinks
By Liz Ritter, Executive Editor |
Are you so dependent on coffee that you’re practically hooked up to an IV drip the second your alarm goes off? If that cup (or three) in the morning is making you feel a little less than fabulous by midday, try making the swap with one of these 13 energizing spa drinks that provide the jolt without the java.
Just steps from The Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalow’s Spa Exhale in Santa Monica, CA, sits Fig, the property’s seasonal bistro that’s big on flavor and loves local ingredients (so much so that there’s a garden on the rooftop that supplies some of the signature dishes, plus a food forager who is constantly on the hunt for ingredients from nearby farms). The restaurant has an impressive coffee drink section of the menu, but the chefs can also whip up fresh, fuel-boosting juices post-workout or after a spa treatment and even offers ginger-infused “healthier” cocktails for the night crowd. Looking for something to-go after getting your relaxation on? The spa is also an outpost for BluePrintCleanse pick-up.
The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, NC, considers its Hibiscus Yuzu Tea the signature energy-enhancer. According to the hotel, besides being a good alternative to a morning cup of coffee, the sour-flavored flower (it tastes similar to a grapefruit) aids in cardiovascular health, contains a high amount of vitamin C and leaves skin looking refreshed.
1 qt. Hibiscus Flowers, dried
12 qt. Water
4 ea. Cardamom Pods
2 tsp. Pink Peppercorns, whole
1 tsp. Coriander, whole
1 stp. Fenndel Seed, whole
½ ea. Cinnamon Stick
5 ea. Cloves
Golf ball sized Ginger (peeled)
1½ c. Yuzu Juice
2 c. Mirin
24 oz. Pomegranate Juice
Preparation: Place all aromatics and hibiscus flower into a 22 quart cambo. Heat the water until boiling and pour over the aromatics. Let the tea steep in the cooler overnight. The next day, flavor with the yuzu, mirin, pomegranate juice and salt. Be sure to strain the elixir before serving.
Cut out the caffeine at Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort in Cancun with the vitamin C–packed Jade drink. The resort’s take on your standard O.J. packs in a punch of green for extra hydration while honey helps give a sustained boost of energy.
3 cucumber slices
1/4 celery stem
3 oz. orange juice
Preparation: Blend in a blender until mixed.
Deciding what treatments to get from the ever-growing spa menu at the BodyHoliday, St. Lucia, is tough but narrowing down the extensive “SuperJuice” and smoothie menu at the seaside Deli can be even more difficult. Order the Roaring Red—a mix of red radish, red pepper, beetroot and cayenne pepper—for something different to start the day. The spicy mix is loaded with vitamin B and C, zinc and phosphorus and boasts anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting benefits.
Some green drinks aren’t for everyone, but the Glowing Green Smoothie at The Spa at Sea Island, in Sea Island, GA, manages to mix an energy-boosting and nutrient-rich option that’s tasty and boasts a ton of benefits—including better lung health, a stronger immune system, reduced inflammation and even an increase in brain health, according to the resort. (Pair it with one of the resort’s homemade granola bars to really start the morning right.)
You can get your fiber and fuel fix at The Spa at Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, AZ, with the Morning Boost Smoothie. The blend combines bananas, blueberries, soy milk, agave nectar, ground chia and ground flax for the ultimate antioxidant-infused, energizing elixir.
“Urban serenity” pretty much sums up the vibe of the Elysian Spa at the Waldorf Astoria, Chicago—a place where personalization is key and in-room offerings like the bath service reign supreme. The spa recommends its Green Detox Smoothie (apple, kiwi, celery, spinach and lime juice) or its Recovery/Protein Smoothie (mango, pineapple, banana, soy milk and protein powder) for guests who need a little extra “go” in the morning before hitting the city.
Created by celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian, The Water Club at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, NJ, offers the Dark & Stormy Elixir, featuring acai, blackberries and blueberries—powerful antioxidants known to increase energy—and ginger, which improves circulation and fights fatigue. The spa recommends the potent drink as “the ideal caffeine replacement to help kick-start your day” or the perfect afternoon pick-me-up.
Refreshing and recharging, the Iced Citrus White Tea at The Seagate Hotel & Spa in Delray Beach, FL, aids in boosting weight loss and mental alertness and increases energy through star ingredient white tea—which the spa says contains three times as many antioxidants as green tea and contains Bio-caffeine, a natural form of caffeine that provides the same pick-me-up as coffee, but is not addictive. But to really recharge, Stefanie Wilson, spa and retail director, recommends pairing it with the hotel’s signature Rain Massage, a luxurious 80-minute treatment that uses a Vichy shower. “In addition to stimulating muscle tone, it calms the nervous system and you emerge relaxed, cleansed and rejuvenated,” she says.
With a beautiful beach as a backdrop, Esperanza in Cabo, Mexico offers a menu of fresh, healthy natural Mexican beverages that are served complimentary at The Spa or as paleta popsicles poolside. The healthy refreshers are made from indigenous Mexican fruits, vegetables and desert plants, and provide the body with a variety of valuable benefits while providing energy-boosting vitamins and minerals.
Looking for luxury with health benefits to boot? The Cornelia Spa at The Surrey in New York serves a 100 percent Vegan Super Food Elixir, a delicious smoothie of pure plant extracts blended with fresh juices such as pomegranate, fresh seasonal fruits, rice milk and crushed ice—served ‘straight’ up in a martini glass. So what does it do? According to the spa, the plant phytoceramides provide cellular-plumping, reparative benefits all while increasing energy levels.
From full-on wellness programs to customized relaxation services, The Spa at Rancho Valencia epitomizes solace in San Diego where fitness is king—the spa offers yoga, Pilates and even a “Triathlon Retreat.” But no matter what you sign up for, the vibrant green Wellness Journey drink, a green kale, spinach and apple slow-pressed juice that increases energy and restores hydration, is a standard staple served after all classes.
With a focus on natural and results-oriented treatments, the brand-new Salamander Spa at Salamander Resort in Middleburg, VA, has been one of the most anticipated spa openings of the year. So, like any new launch, everyone is wondering…what’s on tap next? The spa will soon be offering Pure Inventions, all-natural drops you add to still or sparkling water; according to the spa, the Green Tea Extract is caffeine-free but promises to increase the immune system as well as your energy levels.