Enjoy Your Cocktail Hour

Is there anything more decadent and glamorous than a cocktail? Maybe Champagne may give it a battle, but as Champagne cocktails are also a very popular tipple I would say that cocktails just have the edge when it comes to style, taste and glamour. Just think of James Bond with his Vodka Martini (shaken, not stirred of course), or Margo Channing, as played by the inimitable Bette Davis in ‘All About Eve’ hosting a cocktail party with a martini in one hand, and a cigarette holder in the other. Audrey Hepburn was another who looked supremely chic with a cocktail to hand, especially as Holly Golightly in ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ whilst Tom Cruise made the art of making cocktails macho and glamorous in the film Cocktail. I think we can agree that cocktails are the height of glamour when it comes to drinks.

But they can also be a bit of a minefield when it comes to sticking to a healthy diet or food plan. Most cocktails are loaded with spirits and mixers that can be totally detrimental if you are on a diet, or, like me, suffer from diabetes. But if you are not in the mood to totally abstain (and frankly, with the festive party season upcoming, who is), then there are ways to enjoy a cocktail, and stick to your calorie plan.

Make Your Own

If you make a cocktail, you know exactly what you are putting into it. You can buy spirits online at a fraction of the shop cost and either get cocktail ideas from books, or have a go at making your own. The choice of drinks online can be more varied than your local supermarket, and give you the chance to try some more exotic brands and flavours.

Look at bargain bookshops like The Works in order to find cheap and cheerful cocktail recipe books that can serve as inspiration.

The Answer is always Gin

Gin based cocktails have a much lower calorie count than those containing rum, wine etc. If you are counting the calories, then a Gimlet or a gin based martini are good choices that taste amazing and are more saint than sinner.

 

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Watch those mixers!

Swap your lemonade for soda and you will instantly cut the calorie count of your tipple. Tonic is a good option, slimline tonic is even better. Mixers add to the flavour of your drink, but can also tip the balance from healthy to not so healthy so watch carefully what you are adding to your drink.

 

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Ditch the Wine, go for the Champers

It may surprise you to hear, but Champagne has far less calories than an average glass of wine of any colour, so it is actually a much better choice to head for the bubbles.