Sooo… I think I’m going to have to start doing more cocktail recipes on the blog here guys… I always talk about how fabulous it is having an excuse to test out chocolate cake recipes on a Wednesday, but let me tell you… it is fabulous being able to test cocktail recipes on a Saturday afternoon. Or Wednesday night… or Thursday.. :) So please forgive me for any typos.. its all in the name of blog research..
With New Years Eve on Monday I thought this would be the perfect time to post an LBD approved cocktail recipe! Bar cocktails are notorious for being loaded with empty calories and sugar – which doesn’t just stick to waist line…it will stick around all New Years Day and torture you with one gigantic hangover.
But with the right mixers and choices you can easily stick to your New Years Resolutions and fend off a rough morning.
So here’s your cocktail cheat sheet! Which drinks should you choose? Which are the worst? Look below!
1. White Wine & Red Wine - both great choices for sticking lower cal. One (5 oz) glass of white white has about 118 calories, which the same amount of red has about 120.
2. Champagne - 100 calories for 8 ounces
2. Simple Drinks - stick with your favorite liquor paired with diet or club soda, a splash of line, or lower cal juice. Any drink that has an ingredient list of multiple juices, liquors, and sweeteners is going to be packed w/extra calories.
3. Light Beer - 90-120 calories a serving
Estimated Calorie Counts for Some Common Cocktails
Long Island Iced Tea – 450 Calories
Chocolate Martini - 500 calories
Margarita- 164-504 calories
White Russian - 425 calories
Mai Tai - 350 calories
Dirty Martinis - 220-330 calories
Champagne Cocktail - 250 calories
Gin/Vodka Tonic - 166 calories
Mojito - 160 calories
Cosmopolitan - 150 calories
Watch out for serving sizes when ordering at bars. Often times bartenders will serve you drinks in glasses that are much larger than one serving size. So what is a serving size? According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:
- 12 ounces of a beer or wine cooler
- 8-ounces of malt liquor
- 5 ounces of table wine
- 1.5 ounces of 80 proof distilled spirits such as gin, vodka, whiskey, etc.
(Nutritional information from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Forbes Magazine, and Livestrong)
- Combine the cranberry juice, Grand Marnier, and lime juice in a small pitcher and mix well. Divide evenly among 8 flutes or martini glasses.
- Top each flute with the sparkling wine (depending on the size of your flutes, you may not need all of the wine). Serve immediately.
Have a fabulous New Years everyone! Wishing you all health, happiness, and lots of love in 2013!