Well, unless you're a hermit or if you live in the Southern Hemisphere, I think it's safe to say that Summer is really here. Whether you are staying at home, vacationing, or heading out for a night on the town with your friends, I can put my money on it that you will be enjoying a few little cocktails! Summer is horrible that way, you want to drink more, eat more but still look fab. If only eating and drinking made you lose weight and not gain. Well, in order to enjoy this summer and enjoy life's great pleasures like Hendrick's and Moet. I have put together a list of the TOP 5 Summer cocktails you can enjoy without worrying too much about your waist line!
1. The Skinny Sangria
It calls for either red wine or white wine, either is good, but instead of using regular 7-UP, well... GO DIET! We always underestimate the power of diet soda, but they make great mixers that are low in calories and great on your waistline! Instead of regular fruit juice, opt for the low-cal ones, but add some fruit! You can find an excellent selection of frozen fruit in the frozen section of your grocery store and you can just buy some fresh fruit - oranges, grapefruit, apples, blueberries, strawberries. I am fond of all of them. At only 100 calories a glass, this makes a PERFECT cocktail for your summer nights with your gals, and I'm sure your boy will love it too!
2. The Skinny Margarita
I have this spot in my city called El Sombrero, they serve some of the best margaritas ever, but did you know at 325 calories a glass, they were probably more fattening than my meal! Instead, there is this great little creation I found at my liquor store called The Skinny Girl Margarita. Actually, Skinny Girl is a full line of low calorie drinks perfect for the woman that wants to enjoy a great cocktail without thinking of those evil calories! Go check em out!
3. Light Beer
Yup. Not all women dislike beer. And for those of you that like it, but aren't fans of the beer belly, well Light Beer is for you! Corona Light with a lime, or Bud Select 55 with only 55 calories. You can check out Women's Health for more options - Best Light Beers. This is perfect for those BBQ nights with the boys. How to be like a boy, but smarter! Wait. Aren't we already smarter? ;)
4. Hard Liquor + Soda
So you are out at a bar, you can't really make a Skinny Martini or Skinny Sangria, and you don't like beer, WHAT IS A GIRL TO DO? Vodka Soda and Gin soda are 2 great choices. Vodka (grey goose) soda comes to about 69 calories a glass (with 1 oz of vodka) and gin soda is about 96 calories a drink for a generic gin. I have a preference for Hendrick's gin. It has a hint of cucumber and a little sweeter than the other gins. 1 oz of Hendricks has 69 calories, not bad at all. To my surprise, Jack Daniels only has 56 calories per oz, so go ahead, ask for Jack + Diet Coke - only 64 calories (if your bartender is friendly!). But stay away from the fruit juices, those are extra calories for no good reason!
POP THAT CHAMPAGNE! At only 78 calories per 4 oz, champagne is a less fattening drink than vino (120 calories for 5 oz)! So take some time to celebrate your new knowledge, your great friends, music, life, your dog, your mom and dad and pop champagne!! Add a berry for that extra somethin somethin!
Enjoy your summer and of course, as my last words of wisdom, don't drink and drive. Don't one of your friends owe for not telling on you for some reason or for something, yeah yeah, ask them to drive you home instead! :)