This simple rum cocktail is the only shaken cocktail you need this summer!

Making A Classic Daiquiri

The Tangy Cocktail Classic that Stole America’s Heart

Americans sure love our Daiquiris. This simple cocktail of rum, lime juice, and sugar is the one classic cocktail you need during the summer!

Making a classic Lime Daiquiri

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Crafting the Perfect Classic Gimlet

Just what the doctor ordered

From scurvy-fighting, to Pinterest worthy, this Gimlet, made with Hendricks gin and homemade lime cordial, is a simple cocktail enjoyed by gin lovers everywhere!

This classic Gimlet recipe is just what the doctor ordered

This Gin cocktail has a fascinating story that takes us back to the high seas. The Gimlet was originally invented to battle scurvy. In the 1860’s, Mr. Lauchlin Rose created a lime juice based cordial for sailors to take on long voyages. Sailors, being sailors, began to add liquors such as Gin, Rum, and Whiskey to the cordial and the Gimlet, as we know it, was born.

Lime cordial is a simple combination of lime juice and simple syrup. This mixer can be enjoyed in cocktails or over ice with club soda. You could substitute the lime cordial for 1 ounce of Rose’s Lime Juice, but if you have sulfite allergies I’d stick to homemade, as Rose’s contains sodium metabisulfite.

When crafting the perfect Gimlet, one must pay attention to the type of gin used. Many traditional Gimlet recipes are made with Navy Strength English [either London or Plymouth] gin. Navy Strength gin is 57 percent alcohol, so it can pack a punch.

If you aren’t a fan of that, a New Wave gin, like Hendrick’s, might be right up your alley. New Wave gins put less emphasis on juniper and more on other botanical flavors, so if your issue with Gin is the juniper, this might be the type of gin to try.

With a tip off to Victorian style and curiosity, Hendrick’s gin is as delicious as their packaging is pretty. I’m guilty of keeping a box or two because of the artwork. I’m a fan of Hendrick’s because its cucumber flavor makes this gin more enjoyable. It also pairs deliciously with our homemade lime cordial in this classic Gimlet recipe.

So thank a sailor next time you raise a glass and enjoy a Gimlet.

Try this recipe for this super simple Gimlet cocktail!

Classic Gimlet

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2½ Ounces Gin
  • ½ Ounce Lime Juice
  • ½ Ounce Simple Syrup
  • Lime Wheel for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Coupe Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker

Preparation

Classic Gimlet: Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously until perfectly chilled [about 30 seconds]. Strain over ice into a chilled Coupe glass. Garnish with lime wheel and enjoy.

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 158 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 10.3 Dietary Fiber (g) 0.1 Total Sugars (g) 8.8 Protein (g) 18 Sodium (mg) 1.4

You won't have to worry about scurvy with this Gimlet recipe

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This refreshing Pink Grapefruit Mimosa recipe can be a cocktail or a mocktail

Ultimate Grapefruit Mimosas

Citrus + Sweet + Bubbly = Perfection

Whether you’re taking part in Dry January or want to upgrade your mimosas, you’re going to love this Ultimate Grapefruit Mimosa Cocktail/Mocktail combo!

Ultimate Grapefruit Mimosa Cocktail/Mocktail recipe

Classic mimosas can get a little drab. I blame cheap champagne and $5 Sunday brunch drink specials. But this ultimate grapefruit mimosa recipe blends a delicious combo of citrus juices and bubbly Prosecco to create one awesome cocktail.

Prosecco is a step above champagne in my opinion. For me, the Prosecco creates the “ultimate” part of this ultimate grapefruit mimosa recipe, but by all means, if you don’t like Prosecco, use a dry champagne instead.

I like to keep things on the lighter side at the beginning of the year, so using freshly squeezed juices is a must in my cocktails! Store bought juice can be loaded with added sugar and calories that I don’t need in my life. And instead of simple syrup, I used honey as a sweetener for this cocktail recipe.

Dry January is dumb! There I said it. By February folks are back to drinking regularly, so it kind of kills any weight loss gains they would have made by cutting out alcohol entirely. Low-calorie cocktails, like this grapefruit mimosa, are a great option for folks watching their waistline.

But for those practicing alcohol abstinence this month, don’t despair! This Ultimate Grapefruit Mimosa recipe can be crafted as a cocktail-mocktail blend. Much like our Grapefruit Margarita recipe, this grapefruit mockmosa uses San Pellegrino, an Italian sparkling mineral water, as the bubbly essence of this mocktail.

Mix up this recipe for Ultimate Grapefruit Mimosas!

Ultimate Grapefruit Mimosas

Yields: 3 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 6 Ounces Fresh Squeezed Pink Grapefruit Juice
  • 4 Ounces Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
  • 2 Ounces Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
  • 12 Ounces Chilled Prosecco [or San Pellegrino for Mocktail Version]
  • ¼ Ounce Honey
  • Grapefruit Section for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Stemless Glass or Champagne Flute
  • Bar Spoon
  • Small Pitcher

Preparation

Ultimate Grapefruit Mimosa Cocktail: Pour grapefruit, orange, lime juice, and honey into a small pitcher. Stir to combine, and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minute to 2 hours. Pour mixture a third of the way into a stemless glass or champagne flute. Top with chilled Prosecco. Garnish with section of grapefruit, enjoy!

Ultimate Grapefruit Mimosa Mocktail: Pour grapefruit, orange, lime juice, and honey into a small pitcher. Stir to combine, and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minute to 2 hours. Pour mixture a third of the way into a stemless glass or champagne flute. Top with chilled Sparkling Water [we use San Pellegrino]. Garnish with section of grapefruit, enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 102 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 3 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 3 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 11.5

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What to Drink When You’re Drinking on a Diet

What to Drink When You’re Drinking on a Diet

What to Drink When You’re Drinking on a Diet

 

This warm weather means beach season is finally near!

It also means it’s time to get your body ready to squeeze into your swimsuits from last year. The best way to shed those winter pounds is to cut alcohol out of your diet…which if you’re anything like us, it is one of the saddest things to do. While drinking on a diet might seem like a fantasy, when done in moderation with a healthy diet and exercise, it is possible to splurge on a cocktail now and then. If you want to lose weight, but not cut out your favorite after work and weekend activity, we’ve put together a list of drinks you can still have when you’re drinking on a diet. After trying these tasty libations, all 170 calories or less, water and fruit will be your new go to mixers!


Drinking on a Diet: At the bar

 

Vodka and Water

Calories: 64

If you’re not a fan of drinking your liquor on the rocks, add in some water or Seltzer water. It helps cut down the burn from the alcohol, making it easier to drink. The great part is that there are only 64 calories in a single serving of vodka and 0 calories in water/Seltzer water – meaning you can have way more of these drinks versus a sugary cocktail. The water also helps hydrate you, to cut down the hangover pains the next day. This isn’t the tastiest drink, but squeeze in some added flavor with a lime wedge to make it more enjoyable.

 

Craft Beer

Calories: 81 – 150

Craft beer is all the rage right now. While most craft beers are high in alcohol and calories we found a few that are still tasty but not packed with all those calories.

Evil twin brewing Bikini beer– subtle hints of candied fruit and citrus, 81 calories

Boulevard Brewing Co, Pop Up IPA– one of the lowest calorie IPA’s you’ll find out there, notes of grapefruit, orange and pine needles, 139 calories

Harpoon Summer Beer– 148 calories, honeysuckle, honey, lemon

Don’t be afraid to ask your bartender if they carry any low calorie craft beers, but having one already in mind might make them like you better on a busy night. There are also plenty of low calorie beer alternatives from well known brands to choose from.

 

Champagne

Calories: 85

What to Drink When You’re Drinking on a Diet

There’s a reason why they call Champagne giggle juice. It’s low in calories, but be forewarned – carbon dioxide in champagne speeds up alcohol absorption, which makes you feel drunker faster. The carbonated bubbles in champagne can also lead to a wicked hangover after a few too many. If you don’t like the taste of champagne on it’s own, you can find low calories juices or fruits to mix it with. Low calorie mimosas for brunch, anyone?

 

Red Wine

Calories: 120

We all know that red wine has heart healthy benefits. But did you know it could help you lose weight? A new study from the Journal of Biological Chemistry found that a compound found in red wine can actually block the growth of fat cells. Red wine can range in calories by alcohol volume, so we found two that you might care to sample out at the wine bar:

Light Alcohol (under 13.5% ABV)
Cupcake Vineyards Chianti – 111 calories

High Alcohol (over 13.5% ABV)
Yellow Tail Shiraz – 120 calories

Wine can still be your best friend while you’re on a diet. Everything with moderation as they say.

 

Whiskey Ginger

Calories: 109

Whiskey drinkers rejoice! You don’t have to give up your favorite spirits just yet. Whiskey and ginger ale is a tasty classic cocktail – that also happens to be low in calories. Remember not all whiskeys are made equal in terms of taste, and be careful of ginger ales that have high sugar content. Zevia and Honest Fizz Organic Golden Ginger Ales are great low-calorie ginger ale options to use to make this cocktail.

 

Drinking on a Diet: At Home

 

Coconut Margarita

Calories: 100
via My Crazy Good Life

Did you know most margaritas have around 500 calories?! That will definitely make you reconsider having margarita Monday’s every week. Thankfully we found one that is only 100 calories and is just as tasty, so you won’t be feeling guilty Tuesday morning’s anymore!

 

Strawberry Mojito

Calories: 80
via Everyday Health

What to Drink When You’re Drinking on a Diet

Mojitos are perfect for sipping on, on a hot spring day. The trick to this homemade Mojito is using fruits to sweeten the cocktail instead of sugary syrups. If you want to make this drink a little stronger, we recommend cutting the amount of club soda in half. This cocktail recipe call for a lot of extra lime, so you might want to experiment with it a bit.

 

Pina Colada Cooler

Calories: 165
via fitness magazine

Everyone loves a good Pina Colada on vacation or laying by the pool. Unfortunately Pina Colada’s are one of the highest caloric drinks you can get with about 640 calories in them!! With those calories you might as well be eating a Quarter Pounder from McDonalds! No one wants to reach their caloric limit in one drink so we found an alternative with only 165 calories in them.

 

Cucumber Cooler Cocktail

Calories: 116.5
via Minimalist Baker

This refreshing cocktails tastes like a sophisticated limeade, and is low in calories. Cucumbers and mint are used in detox waters to flush out toxins. They act in the same fashion in this cocktail by adding hydration back into your system, and adding a spa water like effect. If you like gin and tonics you are going to love this cocktail.

 

White Wine Spritzer

Calories: 75
via Weary Chef

This white wine spritzer is a delicious bubbly combination of white wine, seltzer, and berries. You can sip on these all day without the guilt. This cocktail is easy on both your waist line and your wallet for when you’re drinking on a diet.

 

Chelsea, cocktail blogger at Brio Smart Life
 

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