Monthly Archives: January 2009

Game Time

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Super Bowl Sunday is upon us and, as always, I am looking for cocktail & appetizer ideas for a party. While I could care less who wins this year (if the Pats aren’t in it, I’m not interested), I still love to gather ‘round the tube with friends and enjoy a few tasty tipples and yummy treats.

 

Most people opt for beer when watching sporting events, but for a party you want to make sure there’s something for everyone—even the picky non-beer drinkers (ahem…like me). Here are a few cocktails that should please just about everyone watching the game and go great with nachos, pigs in a blanket, and chili (but then again, what doesn’t?). Enjoy!

 

 Butter Float:

 

1 1/2 parts Vanilla flavored vodka

1 part Hiram Walker Butterscotch Schnapps

5 parts cola or root beer

 

Serve over ice in a tall glass.

 

 

Gingerbread Man-tini:

 

1 part Beefeater Gin

1 part Hiram Walker Gingerbread Liqueur

1/2 part Fresh Sour Mix

Unfiltered Apple Juice or Cider

 

Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a cinnamon sugar rim and a lemon corkscrew.

 

Russian Root Beer:

 

1 part Vanilla flavored vodka

1 part Kahlua

1 part Hiram Walker Root Beer Schnapps

 

Serve over ice in rocks glass.

 

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Happy Chinese New Year!!!

lemongrass_bunch3To welcome the year of the Ox, I offer an Asian-inspired Lemongrass cocktail. Enjoy!

 

Lemongrass Cocktail

 

2 oz. Absolut Kurant

¾ oz. Hiram Walker Triple Sec

¾ oz. Fresh Lemon Juice

 

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake thoroughly and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist. Cheers!

 

 

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Winter Warmer

coffee-cocktailI’m not a winter person. There, I said it. I’ve lived in New England my whole life—seen blizzards, ice storms, and ever-so-many Winter Weather Advisories, but I never get used to it. Sure, a white Christmas is nice, but I think the cold weather should go out with the Christmas tree, come January 1st. Instead, I’m stuck with three (sometimes four) more friggin’ frigid months of frozen eyelashes, dry, pale skin, and static shock.

 

To soothe my soul and suppress my SAD, I like to sip on a nice Monte Cristo, a warm cocktail that combines the flavors of orange and coffee. If you’ve got the winter blues like me, thaw out with one of these bad boys and dream about sunshine and flip flops. Winter will be over before you know it….I hope.

 

Monte Cristo:

 

¾ oz. Kahlua

¾ oz. Hiram Walker Triple Sec

1 cup coffee

Whipped cream

Chocolate shavings

Orange zest

 

Rim a glass coffee mug with sugar. Add liqueurs and fill with hot coffee. Stir. Top with whipped cream, chocolate shavings, and orange zest.

 

Warning: while this drink is delicious it is not particularly figure friendly. If you’re New Year’s resolution is still alive check out some low-cal cocktails or limit yourself to one Monte Cristo as a “cheat.” Everything in moderation…

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The Skinny on Low-Cal Cocktails

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Today is January 9th, which means there are probably still some (or lots) of you out there who’ve not yet broken your New Year’s resolution to watch what you eat and drink. I’m all for trying to live a more healthy lifestyle, but do you really want to spend the next few cold winter months cooped up in the house eating Nutrisystem and drinking overpriced mineral water? I didn’t think so.

 

Did you know some of your classic go-to cocktails are already low in calories, or can be made so with just a few little substitutions? Cut down on your portion size, use artificial sweeteners in the place of sugar, make simple cocktails with just a few ingredients, and make small changes where you can. Here are a few easy recipes to help you stick to your resolution without going through a total dry spell:

 

100 Cal (or less!) Cocktails:

 

Irish Coffee- you can enjoy this classic winter warmer at just 96 calories if you follow this recipe

 

1 ½ oz. Jameson Irish Whiskey

Cup black coffee

Splenda (to sweeten if you feel you need it)

 

Stir ingredients in a preheated mug and enjoy!

 

Rum & Cola or the Cuba Libre-Change it up a bit with this substitution and you’ve got a more flavorful, low-cal cocktail

 

Coconut Libre: (77 cal)

 

1 ½ oz. Malibu Coconut Rum

6 oz. Diet Cola

 

Stir ingredients to combine in a highball glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lime wedge.

 

Mimosa-Take this champagne cocktail, traditionally thought of as a “breakfast” or “brunch” drink into the evening for a refreshing way to watch your figure

 

PJ Mimosa: (71 cal)

 

½ glass Perrier Jouet Champagne

4 oz. light orange juice

 

Combine ingredients in a champagne flute and serve.

 

Other figure friendly cocktails:

 

Girlish Figure: (97 cal)

 

1 ½ oz. Malibu Coconut Rum

4 oz. Light Cranberry Juice

Splash Diet Lemon-Lime Soda

 

Combine Malibu Coconut Rum and Light Cranberry Juice in a highball glass filled with ice. Add Diet Lemon-Lime Soda to top and garnish with a slice of lime.

 

Port Orange: (91 cal)

 

1 ½ oz. Sandeman Founder’s Reserve Port

4 oz. Light Orange Juice

 

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake thoroughly. Strain into a brandy snifter and garnish with an orange slice.

 

Beefeater Berry: (96 cal)

 

1 oz. Beefeater Gin

1 lime wedge

6 oz. Light Cranberry Juice

 

Muddle the lime wedge and Beefeater Gin in the bottom of a Collins glass. Fill glass with ice and add Light Lemonade. Tumble and serve with a lime wedge garnish.

 

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