With New Year’s Eve just few days away, let’s prep ourselves with some low calorie alcoholic drinks to help you stay on track.
Alcohol isn’t a very healthy options but I can understand how difficult it is to resist in a New Year’s Eve party.
But whether you’re trying to lose weight or generally live a healthy life, cocktails aren’t always a great fit so please don’t overdo it and drink moderately.
With a little twist and prepare yourself 12 diet cocktail drinks to choose when it’s time to unwind.
Skip the sugar and use a wooden pestle crush cubes of watermelon with fresh mint leaves. Add rum and sparkling water for a sweet mojito with half the usual calories.
JAPANESE SHOCHU COSMO
Replace vodka with Shochu in your customized cosmopolitan. A 2-ounce serving has only about 35 calories. Add splashes of diet cranberry juice, fresh lime juice, and orange juice, and then toss in a martini shaker. This cosmo cocktail shakes out at half the calories of a traditional cosmopolitan.
GIN AND TONIC
Switch to diet tonic or Bubbly seltzer water for a skinny version cocktail [Tonic water has nearly as many calories as soda]. Lastly punch up the flavor with a squeeze of lime juice.
Try ginger vodka and lime sparkling water for a fusion of Asian flavours at just 90 calories. Opt for flavoured seltzer or mineral waters that have no added calories.
VODKA ICED TEA
Slice off half the calories in this tall Vodka Ices Tea, by using low-calorie lemonade and sweet-tea-flavoured vodka.
Our skinny version starts with vanilla vodka, instead of gin. Vanilla carries a sweet flavour with very few calories. Add a splash of lime juice and a zero-calorie sparkling water flavoured with lemongrass, mint, and vanilla.
Ordering a vodka soda at the bar will cut down on your calories sipped for the night. Since soda water has zero calories, all you have to account for is the alcohol.
RUM AND DIET
Satisfy your taste for soda with a rum and Diet Coke. Beware the high levels of caffeine, which might keep you up well past your bedtime.
Skip the syrupy mixes and stay within the limits of moderate drinking; one for women and up to two drinks per day for men is another way to watch your calories and your waistline.
Switch to unadorned berries, 1 cup of no-sugar-added berries, either fresh or frozen. Add rum, ice, and sweeten the deal with 1 teaspoon of stevia, a sugar substitute. Blend into a slim and delicious frozen concoction.
Whiskey drinkers, order a Sazerac at the bar. This addition of bitters, absinthe, sugar, and water smooths out the bite of the liquor, without skyrocketing the calorie number.
Skip the sugary & coconut milk mix with one shot of coconut rum. Then add fresh strawberries, a splash of agave syrup, and blend with ice. You get a tall, 12-ounce tropical cocktail for about the same calories as in a handful of pretzel twists.
Ingredients to Opt
- Fresh 100% juice rather than packaged drinks.
- Use zero-calorie bubblers instead of soft drinks. Try flavoured seltzer, sparkling water, or club soda.
- Fewer ingredients mean fewer calories J
- Drink moderately for your waistline and health.
Ingredients to Skip
- Skip creamed spirits or liqueurs.
- Skip several shots in one drink. A Long Island iced tea has seven ingredients and 700 calories
- Skip an after-dinner drink, which is often sweet.
- Skip sweet dessert wine.
HAPPY NEW YEAR’S