Written on October 25, 2013 at 12:03 pm , by FITNESS Intern
Written by Alena Hall, editorial intern
Halloween is the one night of the year when we can wear outrageous costumes and embrace silly fears without shame. But candy overloads, junk food binges and high-calorie adult beverages can follow us well into November, threatening the holiday party body we all work so hard to achieve. Luckily, we found these four creepy cocktail recipes: all are under 250 calories, so you can party on guilt-free. Do you dare?
Vampire Kiss Martini
- 1 ½ ounces Finlandia Vodka, chilled
- 1 ½ ounces Korbel Champagne
- ¾ ounce Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur
Rim the glass with red sugar (use food coloring) or drop in a set of wax vampire teeth for a real surprise. Pour vodka and half of the Chambord in a martini glass, top with Champagne and pour the remaining Chambord over the back of a spoon to make it float.
Recipe courtesy of Chambord
- Skinnygirl Piña Colada
- 2 tablespoons corn syrup
- ¼ teaspoons red food coloring
Pour the corn syrup in a shallow bowl and add a few drops of red food coloring. Stir with a toothpick to combine. Holding a glass by the stem, dip the rim into syrup mixture and turn the glass, coating the entire rim. Flip glass upright, allowing mixture to drip down the sides. Repeat for desired number of glasses. Pour chilled Skinnygirl Piña Colada into prepared glasses and serve.
Recipe courtesy of Skinnygirl Cocktails
Written on August 24, 2012 at 1:06 pm , by Marianne Magno
We’re still in denial that summer is almost at an end. To make the most of the last few weeks of warm weather, beach trips and barbecues, we’re sipping on these fruity cocktails made with Voli Light Mango Coconut vodka–each with under 100 calories. Cheers!
- 1 1/2 oz Voli Mango Coconut vodka
- 3 lime wedges
- Mango chunks
- 1 pack Stevia sweetener
- 6 mint leaves
- Soda water
Pour ingredients into a highball glass over ice and garnish with mint leaves and mango chunks.
Approximately 85 calories.
Written on May 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm , by Christie Griffin
Whether you’re hosting a big family brunch or just gabbing with mom, why not celebrate her with a little imbibing? These low-cal and gourmet drink recipes, thanks to Patrón Spirits, sound delicious, don’t you think…?
The Good Wife - Low-Calorie
- 2 ounces Patrón Silver
- 1/2 ounces Ginger simple syrup
- 1/2 ounces Lime juice
- Seltzer or mineral water
- 3 to 4 mint leaves
- 2 to 3 peeled fresh cucumber rounds, skins removed
In a highball or collins glass, muddle cucumber, lime juice, and mint. Add Patrón Silver and fill with ice. Cover with seltzer and stir well. Garnish with a mint sprig and cucumber rounds.
Mother’s Little Helper – Low-Calorie
- 1 3/4 ounces Patrón Silver
- 1/4 ounces Elderflower liqueur
- 3/4 ounces Fresh lime juice
- 3 slices Cucumber
- 2 whole fresh sage leaves
- Ginger ale
Smack sage to open up aromas. Tear in two and muddle well with cucumber and elderflower liqueur. In a mixing glass, add remaining ingredients and ice. Shake and strain over ice in a highball glass. Top with ginger ale. Garnish with cucumber and sage leaf.
I Said So Martini – Gourmet
- 2 ounces Patrón XO Cafe Dark Cocoa
- 0.5 ounces Amaretto Liqueur
- 1 ounces Cream
- Almond shavings for garnish
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with almond shavings.
Sealed with an XO – Gourmet
- 3 ounces Patrón XO Cafe Dark Cocoa
- 1 ounces. Espresso
- 1 large scoop coffee-flavored gelato
- Coffee grinds for garnish
Blend all ingredients in a blender and pour into a hurricane-style glass. Garnish with coffee grinds.
For more drink recipes and ideas, visit patronspirits.com.
Written on March 23, 2012 at 1:47 pm , by Christie Griffin
Between the warm(er than usual) weather and March Madness, we’re feeling a little nostalgic for Spring Break in college! So we scored a couple cocktail recipes from Bryan Dayton, the owner and Beverage Director at OAK at Fourteenth in Boulder, Colorado…including a non-alcoholic one, for those of you who gave up booze for Lent/New Year’s/Who Knows Why.
Before we hand over the happy hour inspiration, you should know whom it’s coming from. Bryan hasn’t just been a mixologist for 15 years—he’s also a trail runner (the higher the altitude, the better) with an incredible race resume. Nice!
My Little Honey
- 1.5 oz gin
- .5 oz honey syrup (1:1 honey to hot water)
- .5 oz fresh lemon juice
- Soda water
To make: Pour all ingredients over crushed ice, give a quick stir and garnish with a lemon.
- 2 slices of cucumber
- 2 quarter wedges of lime
- 1.5 oz gin or vodka
- .25 oz honey syrup
To make: Muddle all of the above together in a mixing tin and then add ice. Shake. Fine-strain over crushed ice and then garnish with a slice of cucumber. Idea: Substitute berries for the cucumber, if you want something fruity!
The Summer Smash (Non Alcoholic)
- 2 slices of cucumber
- 6 mint leaves
- 1 mint sprig
- .5 oz lime
- .25 oz honey syrup
- 3 oz soda water
To make: Muddle mint and cucumber in a mixing tin. Add all the ingredients, except for the soda water. Add ice, shake and strain into a highball glass with ice. Finally, pour in soda water and give it a quick stir. Garnish with mint sprig.
Traditional Margarita on the Rocks
- 1.5 oz Reposado tequila
- .75 oz orange liqueur
- .75 oz fresh lime juice
To make: Put all ingredients into a shaker, add ice and shake. Pour over fresh ice in a short tumbler and garnish with lime. Salt is optional.
Written on December 1, 2011 at 2:17 pm , by Colleen Moody
As December officially kicks off, it’s time to snap out of your Thanksgiving turkey coma and start prepping for the looming holidays. Soon, you’ll feel more popular than Kelly Kapowski on Saved by the Bell, with holiday invites stuffing up your inbox and maybe even your mailbox (gasp, snail mail?!). To help keep your waistline in tact, we snagged two low-cal cocktails for you to keep on hand. Serve at your own party or bring it to a friend’s to impress them with your bartending skills this holiday season.
- 1.25 ounces Russian Standard Vodka
- 1 ounce lemon juice
- 1/2 ounce Monin O’Free Triple Sec (sugar free)
- 1 ounce cranberry juice
Shake all ingredients well over ice. Strain into cocktail glass. Approximately 103 calories.
Read on to get the recipe for an Iced Chocolate Cake cocktail!
Written on June 24, 2011 at 1:35 pm , by FITNESS Intern
Written by Danielle Paquette, editorial intern
Sip vodka to banish blackheads, tequila to erase wrinkles and rum to diminish dryness. There’s a cocktail for every skin woe, claims Randy Falcon, a mixologist at swanky New York City nightclub Provocateur.
I bellied up to the bar for some serious research and Falcon poured me a vibrant red Teddy Bear—one of 11 alleged drinkable facials. The blend of fresh lime juice, crushed mint, muddled strawberries and Belvedere is designed to unclog pores, according to the menu. Extra vitamins, minerals and “power powders” are mixed to delay aging.
But what can a shot of liquor do for my face (besides give me puffy eyes in the morning)? “You’ll feel and look a lot better with this than if you had a vodka tonic,” Falcon said. “It’s all in the fresh ingredients. ”
Since Provocateur unveiled its bar-meets-spa selection in April, health-conscious celebs have been spotted dropping $22 a glass. And with cocktail names like “Sweet Enchantment” and “Spring Flower,” why shouldn’t I, too, buy into promises of a gorgeous morning-after?
“Beauty drinks are a fun idea, but alcohol tends to dehydrate the skin and cause it to look dry,” says Tess Mauricio, M.D., a dermatologist in San Diego. No amount of kumquat, cucumber or pomegranate can cancel that consequence, she warns. “However, in moderation, drinking can reduce stress. That won’t hurt your complexion.”
After finishing the Teddy Bear in three swigs, I definitely felt more relaxed. It was fresh, fruity, refreshing—all of the qualities I desire in a drink. So I had another.
When my alarm sounded at 7:30 a.m. the next day, I didn’t feel like a beauty queen. I didn’t feel particularly hungover, either. And after a look in the mirror, I realized I hadn’t found the secret to skin radiance in a cocktail or two.
But a night on the town put me in a great mood, and that’s worth the occasional puffy-eyed morning.
More from FITNESS: Yes, you can drink and still shrink! Check out our round-up of delicious low-calorie cocktails.