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Old 06-29-2010, 03:59 PM   #1
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We're doing an office drinks night and I'm allowing myself 1 accounted for drink. My favorite is usually super sweet girlie martini's, but I know I can do better considering that kind of drink will probably run me about 300cals. What are your favorite suggestions? I'll take all suggestions (just to help out others) but I don't like rum, so your standard diet rum and coke is a no go for me. Vodka is my go to preference, but like I said something sweet. I was thinking I could probably do a vodka tonic for about 150 cals, but that doesn't sound too appealing. And of course the best choice would be to go and just enjoy the company and get a diet soda, but we're going to celebrate one of my accomplishments so I'll feel slightly odd if I do that, I know I know, who cares. So anyway, suggestions?
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Old 06-29-2010, 04:09 PM   #2
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Do you like wine? One glass of red wine is usually around 125 calories or so. At least that is what my iphone calorie counter says
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Old 06-29-2010, 04:17 PM   #3
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I would think that if you really don't drink that often, you might just get what you really like. I mean, it's useless calories regardless of what you have, might as well have something that you really enjoy and then will feel more satisfied after. I'd work the 300 calories into you day.

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Old 06-29-2010, 04:17 PM   #4
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Even a vodka and cranberry isn't too bad, wine spritzer, shandy, skinny margarita

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Old 06-29-2010, 04:20 PM   #5
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Stoli orange or Absolut Citron with club soda and a twist of lime. Not real sweet I guess, but it's got a nice hint of flavor, light for the summer, and relatively low cal.

I love gin & diet tonic but I don't think bars carry diet tonic. Thank goodness my supermarket does!
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Old 06-29-2010, 04:28 PM   #6
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I'm a light beer drinker myself, but apparently you don't like beer?

Here's a list of drinkies & their calories.....

* Pina Colada (6 oz): 378 calories
* Mojito (8 oz): 214 calories
* Cosmopolitan (4 oz): 200 calories
* Chocolate martini: (2 oz each vodka, chocolate liqueur, cream, 1/2 oz creme de cacao, chocolate syrup): 438
* Margarita (8 oz): 280
* Green apple martini (1 oz each vodka, sour apple, apple juice): 148
* Martini (2.5 oz): 160
* Port wine (3 oz):128
* Bloody Mary (5 oz): 118
* Red wine (5 oz):120
* White wine (5 oz): 120
* Alcohol-free wine (5 oz): 20-30
* Beer (12 oz): 150-198
* Light beer (12 oz): 95-136
* Ultra-light beer (12 oz): 64-95
* Champagne (5oz): 106-120
* Coffee liqueur (3 ounces): 348
* Godiva chocolate liqueur (3 oz): 310
* Wine spritzer (5 oz): 100
* Eggnog with rum (8 ounces): 370
* Hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps (8 oz): 380
* Hot buttered rum (8 oz): 292
* Spiced cider with rum ( 8 oz):150
* Mulled wine (5 oz): 200
* Vodka and tonic (8 oz): 200
* Screwdriver (8 oz): 190
* Mimosa (4 oz): 75
* Gin and tonic (7 oz): 200
* Long Island iced tea (8 oz): 780
* White Russian (2 oz vodka, 1.5 oz coffee liqueur, 1.5 oz cream): 425
* Mai Tai (6 oz) (1.5 oz rum, 1/2 oz cream de along, 1/2 oz triple sec, sour mix, pineapple juice): 350
* Rum and Coke (8 oz): 185
* Rum and Diet Coke (8 oz): 100
* Mike's Hard Lemonade (11 oz): 98

And always keep in mind that alcohol is COMPLETELY EMPTY CALORIES. No nutritional value whatsoever! - but one every now & then certainly won't derail your diet/fitness habits.

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Old 06-29-2010, 04:29 PM   #7
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I second the wine suggestion. I had wine on my anniversary and it was a special treat and I felt okay with it cuz it only was like 100 calories.
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Old 06-29-2010, 04:34 PM   #8
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My go to monthly girls night out drink is also red wine. I allow myself 2 glasses and I enjoy every bit of it!

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Old 06-29-2010, 05:12 PM   #9
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Tips: Infused vodkas like raspberry, peach, etc., sugar substitutes like agave, diluting with plain or flavored carbonated water, diet & lite juice mixers, and lemon & lime.

Cosmopolitan Martini - with diet cranberry and agave
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Old 06-29-2010, 05:20 PM   #10
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seltzer with lime = 0 calories. Looks like a mixed drink but isn't.

I don't see any reason to drink just because others are.
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Old 06-29-2010, 05:26 PM   #11
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It's more of an at home drink than a bar drink because of availability, but I've been enjoying making a quick sangria out of my occasional glass of red wine by putting it over ice and adding fresca (another diet soda like sprite or squirt would work too). So, not particularly helpful for your situation, but wanted to mention it in case others were looking for summer drinks. Good luck on your night out!
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Old 06-29-2010, 05:37 PM   #12
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If you don't feel awkward doing this, it is an awesome solution:

Buy those single serve crystal light "on the go" packages. Order a vodka and water, empty flavor of choice into the drink and stir. You can add more or less flavor for the level of sweetness you want.

The packets are 10 calories, but you'll probably only need half of one or less. So with 70 calories of Vodka, your whole drink will only be 75-80 calories.
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Old 06-29-2010, 05:40 PM   #13
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Almost all bars will have vanilla vodka and diet coke - tasty, the only cals are from the vodka, and it's sweet.
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i love vodka with water and either cranberry juice or lime... yum!
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Old 06-29-2010, 07:07 PM   #15
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Since it's your celebration and other people are paying, I'd probably have a good glass of wine.

Vodka and cranberry is quite tasty.

Or a wine spritzer. Refreshing, low cal and low alcohol.

I do Jack Daniels and Diet Coke sometimes, but you'd have to like bourbon to enjoy it.

And if you aren't in the mood to drink, there is no reason that you have to. It's your celebration after all.

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