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They say there’s a time and a place for everything, and alcohol—much like ice cream—is an indulgence that (#sorrynotsorry) sometimes begs to be indulged, especially during the holidays. Some good news: Cocktails can actually be healthy-ish! And while you may have real and attainable healthy goals in mind for the New Year, ’tis the season to live a little.

Because I like to err on the healthy side, I plan to enjoy my alcoholic beverages with a hit of apple cider vinegarACV is so tart that even alone, it can feel like taking a straight shot of liquor, but mixed with your bourbon cocktail, the strong flavors actually complement each other.

See 4 holiday-appropriate ACV-infused cocktails below.

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1. Bourban and apple cider vinegar cocktail

This seasonal cocktail is foolproof, insanely easy to whip up, and features one of this seasons buzziest flavors: maple.

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Recipe for apple cider vinegar shrub kombucha cocktail
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2. Apple cider vinegar, whiskey, and kombucha cocktail

This recipe from Wellness Council member Lily Kunin doubles down on gut-health–boosting properties by using both ACV and ‘buch.

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3. A Joan Didion–inspired ACV and turmeric bourbon cocktail

Not only is this cocktail inspired by one of the most prolific and badass writers alive, but it also reads like a grocery list of super ingredients (turmeric, ACV, ginger). With a side of bourbon, of course.

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4. The Tituba

Trendy speakeasy The Garret (it’s hidden above a Five Guys outpost in Manhattan’s West Village) shared its recipe for an ACV and carrot juice cocktail that’s seasonally appropriate and delicious.

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