With the holiday season around the corner there are plenty of invites for drinks and other events. One pint of beer alone has on average 204 calories and a glass of wine about 125 calories. Most people however cannot go past the fruity and thirst quenching cocktails when the temperatures heat up and the holidays are in full swing. But what most people don’t seem to know about cocktails is that for example a Long Island Ice Tea has a whooping 780 calories!
Since we all know how hard it is to limit yourself to just one drink on a night out or dinner, the calories can creep up on you and you not only wake up with a massive hangover but you also put on weight. Especially during the upcoming festive season it is just too easy to over eat and drink and many people sign up for fitness classes or the gym in January as a direct result of the holiday binge.
To beat the bulge this season we have therfore collected our top three low calorie (under 200) cocktails to put you in the festive mood and keep you in shape:
- – 1 1/2 parts GREY GOOSE® L’Orange Flavored Vodka
- – 1 part fresh carrot juice
– 1 part fresh orange juice
– 2 – 3 parts ginger beer Directions
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, vodka, carrot and orange juice. Shake really well. Add the ginger beer and gently stir your drink. Finish off with a fresh orange slice.
GREY GOOSE® Le Citron Summer’s Peak
– 1 part goji berry juice
– 1/2 part agave nectar
– 1/2 part fresh lemon juice
– 2 parts tonic water
Fill your cocktail shaker with ice, vodka, goji berry juice, agave nectar and lemon juice. Shake well and strain into a fresh glass with ice. Top with tonic water and stir. Garnish with fresh mint to taste. ENJOY!
– 2 (750-milliliter) bottles semi-dry white wine, chilled
– 2/3 cup Fresh Herb Syrup (recipe follows)
– 2/3 cup triple sec
– 1 liter sparkling water
– 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
– 2 cups fresh fruits in season (such as peach slices,
strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, or gooseberries)
– 8 sprigs lemon balm or basil, for garnish Directions
Combine ice, wine, syrup, triple sec, sparkling water and lime juice in a large pitcher. Top with some of the fruit and divide the rest among the 8 glasses. Pour the sangria from the pitcher and decorate each glass with lemon balm or basil. ENJOY!
Fresh Herb Syrup
Makes about 1 cup
– 1 cup sugar
– ¾ cup water
– ½ cup packed fresh, aromatic herb leaves, e.g. basil, mint, lemon balm
1. Disolve the sugar in a pot over the stove with the water and herbs. Let the mixture then steep for about 30 minutes.
2. Strain the mixture into a bowl and let cool down.