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Minimizing alcohol intake is good for your energy levels and can even improve sleep quality, but for those of us who love a cocktail, this is a great "mocktail" for detoxing and/or if you simply don't drink, says The Genius Life author Max Lugavere.

It's a smart drink because it gives you a boost of hydration, electrolytes from the salt, vitamin C from the lime and has almost no calories, he adds.

Adapted from The Genius Life: Heal Your Mind, Strengthen Your Body, and Become Extraordinary by Max Lugavere. Copyright © 2020 by Harper Wave. Used with permission by Harper Wave. All rights reserved.


  • 2 tablespoons coarse salt
  • 1 lime, halved
  • 12 ounces sparkling or seltzer water
  • 12 ice cubes


Serves: 2


Place salt on a plate and distribute evenly.

Run lime around the rims of 2 glasses.

As if you were making a margarita, dip the glass, rim side down, into the salt. Coat evenly.

Fill the glasses with ice.

Squeeze half a lime into each glass.

Fill with sparkling water.