I'm having my bday bash tomorrow, and we're going to be serving beer and cocktails. I know points can add up QUICK after having a few mixed drinks. Does anyone know a good (or a few good) cocktail recipes that are low in points, and taste yummy?
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I'd be cautious with mojitos. If you're using the tried and true 3-2-1 ratio (3 oz sparkling water, 2 oz rum, 1 oz lime juice), you're going to need about an ounce of simple syrup. The calories add up fast. (Plus they're a pain to muddle.)
This sounds less elegant than it looks, but for low calorie cocktails, I'm a fan of gin, a little fresh lemon juice and either Diet Squirt or diet ginger ale shaken and served up. (Although be careful when there are carbonated ingredients in your shaker: they have a tendency to pop all over one's shirt.)
A little more calorically pricey, but very appropriate for this time of year would be bourbon and cranberry juice on the rocks. (I like to freeze a few cranberries into my ice cubes for added punch.)
I think generally speaking, though, the best way to make a low calorie cocktail is to rely on something with a diet soda base. For a cocktail to really work, you need a strong, a bitter, a sour and a sweet component -- and unless you want to get into making a Splenda simple syrup or something, a diet soda is the lowest-calorie option for getting the "sweet" that will balance out the drink.
Even though your birthday is over, here is my quick and easy low-cal version for sangria. My whole large family loves them. I've served them at baby showers, parties, etc. Everyone pretty much knows Annie Ru will show up with her Sangria. I use 4oz of a good merlot or cabernet over ice and add Hansen's diet Strawberry Kiwi (If you can find it. They don't seem to have it in CA anymore, but came out with the pomegranite. So I use either the pomegranite or the Tangerine) to fill the class. Squeeze in some fresh orange juice and cut a piece of fruit (orange, strawberry, pineapple, lemon, orange) to decorate on the side. I make these individually rather than make a big batch. That way I just keep adding more Hansen's to my original wine as I get low. Then I know I've only used 2 points for alcohol the whole evening and, also, I'm in good shape to be the designated driver!!!
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