Time to pop the bubbly! Just thinking about New Year’s Eve makes me thirsty, but I don’t want to throw all of my daily calories into liquid deliciousness. Here are a some tasty options that are just as good, if not better, than calorie packed beverages.
Pear Crumble Champagne Fizz – Per serving: 170 cal, 0g fat, 25g carbs, 0mg sodium, 0g fiber, 0g protein
1/2 tsp agave nectar
1/2 tsp raw sugar
1/8 tsp cinnamon
4 oz chilled pear nectar
4 oz chilled champagne or sparkling wine
Moisten the rim of a champagne flute with agave nectar. Combine raw sugar and cinnamon in a small dish and gently dip the rim of the flute into the cinnamon-sugar mixture until coated. Pour pear nectar into flute and top with champagne.
Pomegranate Cosmos – Per serving: 188 cal, 0g fat, 17 g carbs, 4mg sodium, 0g protein, 0g fiber
2 1/4 cups pomegranate juice
2 1/4 cups vodka
1 cup lime juice
3/4 cup Cointreau, or Grand Marnier
1/4 cup ginger juice, (see Note)
2 tablespoons sugar, preferably superfine “bar sugar,” plus more for the rims
Strips of lime zest, for garnish
Mix pomegranate juice, vodka, lime juice, Cointreau (or Grand Marnier), ginger juice and sugar in a large pitcher.
For each drink, fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice, add 1/2 cup Cosmo mix, and shake until the shaker turns frosty and cold. Dip the rim of a martini (or highball) glass into water and then in sugar (to “sugar the rim”). Strain the drink into the martini glass (or over fresh ice in the highball glass). Garnish with a twist of lime zest, if desired.
Blood Orange Margarita - Per serving: 198 cal, 2.5 g fat (0 g sat), 19 g carbs, 150 mg sodium, 3 g fiber, 1 g protein
1/4 tsp lime zest
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup fresh or bottled blood orange juice (1 1/2 oranges)
2 Tbsp lime juice
1 oz tequila
1/2 oz orange liqueur, such as Cointreau
1 blood orange wheel, for garnish
Moisten the rim of a glass with water. Mix zest and salt and dip rim into it. Combine juices, tequila, and orange liqueur in an ice-filled shaker. Shake vigorously. Strain into glass and garnish with orange wheel.