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Want to Drink Festively Sans Guilt? Master Mixologist Somer Perez Tells Us How!

Fri, December 25, 2009 4:00pm EDT by Chloe Melas 1 Comment


Want to celebrate properly with a swell cocktail but don’t want to swell up from all the calories?

Master mixologist Somer Perez from Couture Cocktail Concepts and the Empire Hotel concocted these exclusive cocktails so you can drink without guilt … well, at least the kind of guilt that shows up on your waistline. The other kind, well BFFs, you’ll have to take care of yourself.

Cranberry-Ginger Sour

6 Cranberries                                     11 calories

3 Pieces Shaved Ginger                 2 calories

½ oz. Lime Juice                                2 calories

1 ½ oz. Vodka                                    103 calories

½ oz. Agave Nectar Syrup             20 calories

1 oz. Club Soda for topping          0 calories

In a mixing glass, combine the cranberries, ginger and lemon juice – muddle.  Add all other ingredients and shake.  Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice and top with club soda.  Garnish with a lime wedge, or some cranberries on a skewer.

Total calories – 138!!!

This is a great, easy cocktail using seasonal ingredients that are naturally low-cal. Cranberries are great anti-oxidants and agave nectar is a wonderful alternative to sugar syrup.

Low-Cal Gin Toddy

1 oz. Lemon Juice                             3 calories

½ oz. Clover Honey                         25 calories

3 oz. Hot Water                                 0 Calories

½ Teaspoon Cinnamon                  3 calories

1 ½ oz. Bulldog Gin                          94 calories

3 Lemon wedges and a cinnamon stick for garnish

In a coffee cup or bulbous glass, combine all ingredients – saving the hot water for last.  Stir gently and add the lemon wedges and cinnamon stick for garnish.

Total calories – 125!!!!

When everyone else is having bourbon-soaked fatty egg nog (not that I don’t love it), this is a great alternative.  Gin is naturally lower calorie than the brown spirits, and this still gives you what you are looking for if you are craving a warm cocktail fire-side. — Chloe Melas