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Low-Cal Cocktails for a Slim and Spirited St. Patty’s Day

Written on March 14, 2014 at 4:59 pm , by

Written by Jordan Clifford, editorial intern

Going green never tasted so good.                 (Photo courtesy of UV Vodka)

Green, calorie-packed drinks are simply part of the St. Patrick’s Day tradition, right? Think again. Celebrate your Irish heritage this weekend with one of these three guilt-free recipes—all under 200 calories. So go ahead, throw on your best shamrock-covered ensemble and drink up!

Delightfully Delicious

  • 1 oz. Smirnoff Sorbet Light Pineapple Coconut
  • 1  oz. Blue Curacao
  • 2 oz. pineapple juice

Combine ingredients in glass over ice. Stir and enjoy.

Calories: 172
Recipe courtesy of Smirnoff

Herradura Green Agave

  • 1 1/2 oz. Herradura Silver
  • 1 oz. melon liqueur
  • Squeezed fresh lime juice

Shake tequila, melon liqueur and lime juice with ice for 15 seconds. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a Shamrock carved lime. Shake and pour into martini glass

Calories: 186
Recipe courtesy of Tequila Herradura

The ShamROCK

  • 1.5 oz of UV Apple
  • 1 part Diet Lemon-Lime Soda
  • Garnish with 1 apple wedge

Shake and serve over ice.

Calories: 130
Recipe courtesy of UV Vodka

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Vamp Up Your Halloween Party with Four Spooky, Low-Cal Cocktails

Written on October 25, 2013 at 12:03 pm , by

Spooky cocktails can still be waistline-friendly. (Photo courtesy of Chambord)

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

Calories: 225

  • 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

Piña Ghoul-ada

Calories: 100

  • 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

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Low-Calorie Cocktails to Make Summer Last

Written on August 24, 2012 at 1:06 pm , by

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!

Miami Mojito (Photo courtesy of Voli Light Vodka)

Miami Mojito


  • 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.


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Toast to Mom With These Cocktails

Written on May 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm , by

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…?

patron cocktail mint and cucumber

Photo courtesy of Patrón Spirits.

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.


low calorie patron cocktail

Photo courtesy of Patrón Spirits.

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.


patron mother's day martini

Photo courtesy of Patrón Spirits.

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.



coffee patron cocoa espresso cocktail

Photo courtesy of Patrón Spirits.

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.

Spring Break-Inspired Cocktails from a Fit-Focused Bartender!

Written on March 23, 2012 at 1:47 pm , by

bryan dayton bartender oak

When Bryan's not running up hills (some as high as 14,110 feet!), he's inspiring people to imbibe. (Photo courtesy of OAK at Fourteenth)

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.

Cucumber Smash

  • 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.

Two Low-Cal, Festive Spritzes to Sip On

Written on December 1, 2011 at 2:17 pm , by

All of the taste, none of the unwanted guilt! (Photo courtesy of Russian Standard Vodka)

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.

Skinny Cosmo


  • 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.

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Can a Cocktail Make You Even More Beautiful?

Written on June 24, 2011 at 1:35 pm , by

Sip smart. (Photo by Jack Miskell)

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.

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