So you successfully made it through your New Year's cleanse, but now what? Don't let it all go to waste, stick to your plan! Alcohol is always an area of weakness when it comes to dieting but not anymore. Drizly.com is an online liquor store that provides specialty cocktail recipes and boasts alcohol delivery (currently in 15+ major markets) within an hour! Trisha Antonsen, the Chief Cocktail Officer at Drizly (and yes, that is her official job title) fills us in on some low-cal cocktail recipes and beer recommendations to help keep your resolution in check:
"This easy take on a margarita combines one of the most popular cleanse juices with tequila for a drink just under 120 calories. The spicy cayenne and tart lemon complement the bite in tequila for a balanced beverage you can enjoy almost guilt-free."
1 1/2 ounces tequila
2 ounces lemon juice
1 ounce water
1 teaspoon agave syrup
In a cocktail shaker, combine tequila, lemon, water, agave syrup, and small pinch of cayenne pepper with ice. Shake vigorously until cold. Pour into a rocks glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge dusted with salt and cayenne pepper.
Alternative preparation: Use a store-bought lemon cayenne agave juice such as the BluePrint cleanse option, pour 3-4 ounces in a shaker with ice, combine with tequila, and shake until cold.
Winter Citrus Sizzle
"I love this low-cal drink for more than just the flavor. If you use a vodka such as Deep Eddy's Red Grapefruit the ombre effect in the drink between the pink vodka and soda water before you stir is absolutely beautiful."
1 1/2 ounces ruby red vodka
3 ounces Perrier L'Orange
1/2 ounce rosemary simple syrup
In a collins glass with ice, pour vodka down the bottom and top with Perrier L’Orange sparkling water. Add rosemary simple syrup and slide a tall sprig of rosemary down the side of the glass. Stir gently with rosemary before enjoying.
For the rosemary simple syrup: 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup water 1 large rosemary spring In a small saucepan, bring sugar and water to a boil and stir until sugar completely dissolves. Remove from the heat and add fresh rosemary sprig. Steep the sprig in the sugar mixture for 2-3 hours. Strain and store in the fridge.
"Want to try a funky alternative to the brunch bloody? Give this vegetable juice and infused vodka cocktail a taste. The bright orange color and refreshing vodka flavors make for a drink that's a definite departure from your typical Sunday brunch order."
1 1/2 ounces spa-infused vodka
2 ounces carrot ginger
Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake until cold and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with carrot and cucumber. For the spa-Infused vodka: 4-8 ounces vodka lemon peels fresh mint cucumber In a clean glass jar, pile lemon peels, fresh mint leaves, and cucumber slices (cut in half and remove seeds from slides) about 1/3 of the way up. Add plain vodka. Seal with lid and let sit on the counter for 2-3 days. Lightly turn and shake the bottle a couple times a day, then strain vodka to remove pieces and store in the fridge.
Trisha's Low-Cal Beer Recs:
"These beers are low in calories and carbs but still taste great."
Heineken Light: 99 calories, 6.8g carbs
Amstel Light: 95 calories, 5g carbs
Coors Light: 102 calories, 5g carbs
Molson Canadian Light: 113 calories, 9.9g carbs
Michelob Ultra: Lime Cactus: 95 calories, 5.5g carbs
Happy 2016 y'all! Cheers!