You can say the low-calorie cocktail trend all started with Real Housewife Bethenny Frankel and her Skinnygirl cocktail line, which earned her a reported $120 million when Fortune Brands' Beam Global acquired it earlier this year. While she certainly made "Skinnygirl" a household name, it's not like low-calorie drinks are a new concept. As long as there are female drinkers, there will be a push to have healthier choices, though things have gotten a bit more creative.
Next time you're craving a cocktail, try these on for size. Because "fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son." Educate yourself and check out 5 of my favorite skinny cocktails.
5. The Fancy - I'm not sure who came up with the name or whether it's called this at other places, but at Front Porch Pub in Midtown, they're serving up a drink that's tasty, low-calorie, and smart. What is it? One tall glass of water with a shot of vodka (or two if you're me), a packet of zero calorie sweetener, and lemon and lime. I recommend Belvedere, but any vodka of your choice will do. Vodka only has about 64 calories per 1 oz serving (calories will vary based on brand and proof) but it's the mixers that usually get you into trouble. What better way to mix it with than some sweet and citrusy water?! It tastes delicious, and you can stay hydrated while you get drunk. Genius!
4. Skinny Margarita - All a skinny margarita has in it (or should have in it) is tequila, a splash of triple sec, and fresh lime: about 200 calories for an 8 oz serving. This is way better than your standard margarita, which can have anywhere from 400 to 700 calories. Sometimes more! I actually prefer the skinny version even if I'm not watching my weight because I can taste the tequila, rather than that gross and often too-sweet sour mix. Bethenny Frankel's pre-mixed Skinnygirl margarita has about 600 calories per bottle, which is still probably better than most standard margaritas. Though, I don't recommend drinking the whole bottle, unless, of course you like waking up on your front lawn with no money and no recollection of what happened or where your shoes are. Not that that has happened to me. But a friend of mine...
3. Mojito - With the heat index reaching the triple digits these days, there's nothing better than a nice, refreshing mojito to sip on. For a slimmer version, try squeezing half a lime into an 8 - 12 oz glass, add a few sprigs of mint, a packet or two of sugar substitute, about 1.5 oz light rum, a handful of ice, and some club soda. Only about 100 calories per serving. For some added flavor and sweetness, try incorporating certain fruits. A strawberry mint mojito? Don't mind if I do.
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2. Pina Colada - Probably my most favorite summertime cocktail. Too bad an 8 oz. glass of this delicious concoction can sometimes run you up 600 calories or more. Luckily, there's a skinnier way to make it, with 1 1/2 ounces coconut-flavored rum, 3 ounces pineapple juice, 4 ounces sparkling water, and 1 tablespoon of Coco Lopez Cream of Coconut Lite - which can usually be found in the drink mixers section of your supermarket. Although I think mine keeps it on the ethnic aisle. Weird? Anyway, pour over ice and stir for a surprisingly satisfying 165 calories.
1. Scotch on the Rocks - Okay, it's not really a cocktail per se, but if you're wanting more of a manly drink, you can't go wrong with a simple Scotch on the rocks. At about 70 calories per 1 oz serving, you can have two of these, get a decent buzz, and not have to unbutton your pants just to breathe. Basically, you can make anything low-calorie by using fresh, natural ingredients. And what's fresher than some Johnnie Walker Black in its purest form? Straight from the bottle. Stay away from mixes, syrups and sugary sodas, and just drink your liquor straight. You'll save calories and you'll look like a badass.