“This is a terrible idea,” said my buddy Matt when I met him out one Wednesday night. I’d recruited him to try some “cleansing cocktails”—essentially boozy drinks made with fruit and vegetable juices. He was less than enthused. With his un-hip beard and penchant for processed foodstuffs, Matt is not one for fresh anything. So, naturally, he’d be the perfect critical accompaniment on my journey through the so-called healthy cocktail trend.
“Are you a cider drinker?” asked owner Omer Cengiz when I walked into the upstairs bar at Upcider. I froze. For most Americans, especially men, this is a loaded question, fraught with the possibility that people might judge you for liking sugary apple drinks—or worse, pretending to be British. But that perception may be changing.
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