The holidays are here and you know what that means? Lots of food, family, laughs, and cocktails! While many of us are able to make healthy choices when it comes to the foods we eat…we forget about what we are drinking! Well, we are here to tell you, you can have your holiday cocktails, but just be a bit smarter about what kind of drink you reach for.
Healthy Holiday Cocktails – Maybe not “Healthy”, but Lighter!
Red Wine Spritzer – Super simple holiday cocktail!
Step 1. Fill your wine glass with ice
Step 2. Fill your glass with half the amount of wine you normally would – I normally choose a sweet red wine
Step 3. Fill the remaining half with a calorie free and sugar free sparkling water – My personal favorite is LaCroix
Step 4. Enjoy! Optional – add some fresh fruit and/or mint leaves to fancy it up!
Calories – About 65 calories depending on how much wine you poured in your glass
Vodka or Gin Tonic – Keep it simple
Step 1. Select your favorite vodka or gin
Step 2. Fill a low ball glass with ice
Step 3. Add 1-2 shots of vodka or gin
Step 4. Fill the glass with calorie free and sugar free tonic water
Step 5. Add a wedge lemon and lime – squeeze juice from wedge into cocktail
Step 6. Enjoy!
Calories – About a 105 depending on the tonic water you choose
Homemade Healthy Spiked Eggnog
Step 1. Opt for a light homemade eggnog recipe – avoid buying store bought eggnogs as these can pack in a ton of calories and sugar
Step 2. Spike it with your favorite rum
Step 3. Add your favorite spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.
Step 4. Optional – garnish with a little cocoa and a cinnamon stick
Calories – These will vary depending on which eggnog recipe you opt to make, but a normal glass of spiked eggnog will pack in about 300 calories – enjoy in moderation!
Holiday Moscow Mule
Step 1. Muddle fresh mint and ginger
Step 2. Add ice to copper mule mugs
Step 3. Pour in the vodka, ginger beer, and cranberry juice
Step 4. Optional – Add garnishes; lime wedge, orange peel curl, cinnamon stick, and/or sugar dusted cranberries
Step 5. Enjoy!
Calories – 128 per serving if you follow the full recipe here.
Spiked Skinny Hot Chocolate
Step 1. Follow full recipe
Step 2. Place 1 oz. amaretto at the bottom of mugs, then pour in hot chocolate
Step 3. Enjoy with some frothed almond milk on top
Calories – 232 per serving if following the recipe above – Keep in mind a normal mug of spiked hot chocolate can pack in up to 500 calories!
Skinny Espresso Martini
Step 1. Add 2 oz vanilla vodka, 3 oz coffee (lightly sweetened, 1 tablespoon sugar free eggnog coffee creamer into cocktail shaker with ice and shake for 5-10 seconds to cool and mix ingredients
Step 2. Strain into a martini glass
Step 3. Optional garnishes; frothed milk and cocoa
Calories – 173 per glass if you follow the full recipe here
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