Keeping Holidays Low Calorie with Classic Cocktails

The holiday season typically means more festive occasions for tempting treats and delicious cocktails.  Each liquid delight that passes the lips means extra curve to the girlish hips.  All those holiday nips and sips add up by the time the New Year’s Eve ball drops.  Enjoy a few figure friendly classic cocktails during the holiday season and the word diet won’t ever reach your New Year’s Resolution list when January rolls around.

Most bars serve typical four ounce or more martinis.  Scale down the classic vodka or gin martini to two ounces for smaller portion. This serves as added bonus in keeping the cocktail chilled throughout the entire sip time and fewer calories in the glass.

Holiday Martini photo copyright Cheri LoughlinClassic Martini

2 parts Gin or Vodka

Dry Vermouth

Lemon Twist

Place ice in a martini glass with 1/2 ounce dry vermouth.  Set aside.  Place Gin or Vodka in mixing glass with ice.  Stir or shake according to preference.  Swirl vermouth and ice in glass. Toss from martini glass. Strain vodka or gin into prepared chilled glass. Zest lemon twist garnish over glass and insert into martini. Notation: Keep in mind that dirtying a martini with olive juice and olives as garnish adds extra calories to the glass.

The Tonic is one of the easiest drinks of all to mix and complete with your spirit of choice. Most bars use tonic from a gun which is disappointing at best, since gun tonic comes across decidedly flat most often. A beautiful feature of purchasing diet tonic water for parties is there are a variety of flavored diet tonic waters now available on the market.

Tonic photo copyright Cheri LoughlinTonic

1 part Gin, Rum, or Vodka

3 parts Diet Tonic

1/2 Fresh Lime

Place ice in highball glass. Add base spirit of choice. Top with diet tonic. Squeeze in fresh lime and drop into drink. Stir.

Perhaps one of the most widely recognized drinks by its generic name of Vodka & Cranberry, the Cape Cod or Cape Codder is easily converted into a lower calorie drink without sacrificing taste. While one could go with the diet version of cranberry juice, my recommendation is to stick with the light version and keep the extra couple of calories.  Those few calories really are worth the flavor since diet cranberry juice really does taste “diet.”

Cape Cod photo copyright Cheri LoughlinCape Cod

1 part Vodka

3 parts Light Cranberry Juice

Lime Wedge

Build liquids over fresh ice in Collins glass. Garnish with squeeze of fresh lime.

The Caipirinha is an easy drink to order out and keep low calorie if you plan ahead. Ask the bartender to make this drink with limes and Cachaca only, leaving out all sugar. Make sure you’ve tucked a sugar substitute packet (such as Truvia or Splenda) with you for on the go travel and stir it in the drink once it has been delivered front and center upon your bar napkin.

Caipirinha photo copyright Cheri LoughlinCaipirinha

2 parts Cachaca

1/2 Fresh Lime – quartered

1 packet Truvia or Splenda

Cut half fresh lime into four wedges. Muddle lime and sugar substitute in mixing glass. Add Cachaca and ice. Shake to blend and chill. Pour into rocks glass adding extra ice if needed.

If tequila is your spirit of choice, skip the margarita and move onto something a little more glowing. Opt for the Tequila Sunrise with orange juice inclusion rather than triple sec. Tropicana makes Trop50 lower calorie orange juice and pomegranate blueberry.

Tequila Sunrise

1-1/2 ounce Tequila Blanco

3 ounces Trop50 Orange Juice

1/2 ounce Trop50 Pomegranate Blueberry

Orange Slice Garnish – optional

Place tequila and orange juice in highball glass over fresh ice. Stir. Pour pomegranate blueberry over top as floated sunrise. Garnish with slice of orange if desired.

The low down on liquor calorie counts according to information found at CalorieKing and the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference.

Gin 80 proof – 1 ounce: 64 calories

Gin 90 proof – 1 ounce: 73 calories

Vodka 80 proof – 1 ounce: 64 calories

Tequila 80 proof – 1 ounce: 64 calories

Bourbon 80 proof – 1 ounce: 66 calories

Rum 80 proof – 1 ounce: 64 calories

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