Elevate Your Spirits

By mixing better-for-you cocktails, bay area bar master Scott Beattie gives new meaning to drinking responsibly.

Is booze ever truly nutritious? Not so much. Scott Beattie, who’s crafted some of the most innovative bar menus in San Francisco, Napa and Sonoma, will be the first to tell you that. “There’s no cocktail in the world that’s healthy for you,” the author of Artisanal Cocktails readily admits. But that hasn’t stopped him from devoting his career to finding creative ways to make hitting the sauce more wholesome. By working with local farmers, foraging for fresh ingredients and cooking his own syrups, Beattie has developed libations that are not just more sustainable, they’re tastier, too. The next time you’re thirsty, skip the mojito and follow his tips to shake up a more quality cocktail: