Did you know your favorite strawberry margarita could have up to 600 calories?
Northwestern Medicine Huntley Hospital Dietitian Julie Holbrook, MS, RD, LDN, shares some lighter recipes to try. Recipes can also be crafted without alcohol for an enjoyable alcohol-free beverage.
If you choose to drink alcohol at your next celebration, be sure to sip safely.
Cranberry Moscow Mule
127 calories; makes 1 serving
1 cup ice
1 1/2 ounces vodka
2 tablespoons diet cranberry juice drink
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 packet no-calorie sweetener
1/2 cup low-calorie ginger beer
Optional garnish: 1 sprig fresh mint
Place ice in a glass. Add vodka, cranberry juice, lime juice and sweetener.
Stir to dissolve sweetener.
Top with ginger beer, and stir.
115 calories, makes 1 serving
6 ounces diet lemon-lime soda
1 1/2 ounces tequila
1 ounce lime juice
One 2-serving packet sugar-free lemonade powdered drink mix
1 cup crushed ice or 5 to 8 ice cubes
Optional garnish: lime slice
In a glass or shaker, combine all ingredients except ice.
Stir until drink mix has dissolved.
Blend if desired.
Fill a margarita glass with ice, pour, and enjoy.
154 calories, makes 1 serving
1 low-fat graham cracker (1/4th of a sheet), finely crushed
6 ounces light apple juice drink, chilled
1 1/2 ounces vodka
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
Optional garnish: apple slice, cinnamon stick
Place crushed graham crackers on a plate.
Wet the rim of a large martini glass with water.
Turn the glass upside down, and press it into the crumbs, rotating so that the crumbs cover the rim.
In a shaker filled with ice, combine apple juice, vodka and cinnamon. Shake it up and strain into the martini glass.
110 calories per serving; makes 5 servings
5 cups light vanilla soymilk
One 4-serving box sugar-free, fat-free vanilla instant pudding mix
6 no-calorie sweetener packets
2/3 cup canned pure pumpkin
1 teaspoon rum extract
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Optional topping: additional cinnamon
Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend at high speed until smooth.
Transfer to a pitcher, cover, and refrigerate until thickened, at least 3 hours