Retox & stay balanced with KEEL Vodka

It’s that time of year again – when our diets and best efforts to stay healthy and balanced are thwarted by pumpkin spice lattes, the office candy corn jar, and soon, cookie swaps and champagne flutes. This season of indulgence proves challenging for many of us who like to keep a balanced diet year-round. With endless friend and family gatherings, it is difficult to keep moderation in mind. Sometimes “just one cookie” turns into three or four, and before we know it, we’re in a sugar coma. It’s happened to all of us at least once, and it doesn’t help when alcohol is involved, making it easier to justify cookies two, three, and four.

Not only is it challenging enough to keep track of how many fun-size Twix and Reese’s Cups we’ve had, but it’s even harder to keep track of drinks as we hop from party to party. I personally hate wasting calories on sugary cocktails, mixers, and mimosas, but when put in social situations where not everyone may be conscious about their personal health and food choices, it often proves impossible to say no or opt for a healthier option. That’s one of the reasons why we are so excited to have KEEL Vodka sponsoring our 2nd annual Glo-Cycle ride this Thursday! 

Women's Health I KEEL GOOD

KEEL’s “I KEEL GOOD” cocktail was featured in the October issue of Women’s Health.

KEEL Vodka is a new, premium light spirit, meaning each shot (1.5 ounces) contains 58 calories, zero carbs, and no harsh bite as compared to its higher-calorie competitors like Grey Goose, Kettle One, and Belvedere, which average about 120 calories per 1.5 ounce serving. Similar to light beer, KEEL gives you a much better caloric “bang for your buck” than its heavier counterparts. We found KEEL’s mission – helping us stay balanced – so aligned with The HB’s work hard, play hard culture that we just had to share. KEEL will be providing a post-ride “retox” after Thursday’s Glo-Cycle rides (sign up here!).

To hold you over until then, here are a few smart cocktail ideas from the folks at KEEL:

Keel + Spiced Blackberry

  • Muddle blackberries
  • Add ice
  • Add 3 parts KEEL vodka to 1 part ginger beer
  • Garnish with mint and fresh blackberry

 Keel + Tangerine:

  • 2 parts KEEL over ice
  • 2 parts fresh squeezed tangerine juice
  • Top with soda water
  • Garnish with an orange slice

Don’t forget to follow KEEL on twitter and like them on Facebook for cocktail ideas and exciting new products. From KEEL & the HB, stay balanced – we’ll see you in the saddle on Thursday! 

A lot to be thankful for

Happy Thanksgiving from The Handle Bar!

Almost exactly 2 years ago I began to envision what my own cycling studio would look and feel like. 18 months later, on June 15th of this year, I opened the doors to The Handle Bar in the burgeoning West Broadway neighborhood of South Boston. Over the last 6 months I’ve watched my dream become a reality, and could not be more thankful. I came up with the idea and put bikes in the room… but it is the people that make The Handle Bar what it is.

This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for my incredible team and the community of riders who create the vibrance and energy that now define The Handle Bar. Your positivity and light make this studio a very, very special place to be.

The entire HB team have thrown themselves into this small business and given it personality. The desk staff .. you show up with smiles no matter the time of day (ahem 5:30am ladies I know who you are). Countless hours of sweeping, spraying shoes, & cleaning bikes, and you  continue to greet each rider as if they’re the first. The instructors.. you work your booties off to make each ride more special than the last. Late nights of ‘playlisting’ and planning make the classes the best in town…sweaty, spirited, inspiring and fun. Thank you to the entire HB team!

The riders.. you have amazed me since our grand opening weekend! Your motivation and commitment inspire me to get on the bike every day! You’ve lost weight, you’ve beat stress, you’ve made friends, you leave the bike room happier than when you walked in. This is some of the most gratifying stuff I could have imagined in starting the HB. I love getting to know you. Keep up the good work:)

So this thanksgiving I have a lot to be thankful for. It’s you!

You’ve certainly earned this enjoy it! You know you’ll be back next week to sweat, inspire, transform, and raise the BAR!

Happy Thanksgiving and thank you so much!


Thanksgiving - Rockwell