With the holidays now in full swing, you’ve probably been to a party or two or three. Chances are, while you were there, you most likely had a drink or two or three.
Many of us receive numerous invitations this time of year to Holiday Open Houses or Happy Hours that call for a toast. These liquid festivities often cause us to sip and slurp extra calories.
The types of alcohol you consume can also play a role in the number of extra calories. “Spirits are often called hard liquor, and include gin, vodka, rum, whiskey, tequila and brandy. One serving of these are similar at about 97 calories,” according to LiveStrong.com.
If you prefer something a little more decadent and creamy like a liqueur such as Baileys, Kahlua, or Cream de Menthe, be prepared to almost double your caloric intake from alcohol. “These traditionally have the highest calorie and carb count, weighing in at 8 to 24g of carbs and an average of 188 calories per serving,” LiveStrong.com reported.
A favorite liquid treat of the holidays is eggnog. This creamy drinkable dessert consisting of milk, egg yolks, sugar, cinnamon, rum, vanilla and spices is 406 calories according to Fitday.com.
So how about a mocktail? A festive mocktail, that is non-alcoholic and spiked with fresh fruit and other natural ingredients.
At nine months pregnant, I will be drinking no cocktails this holiday season. So, I will accommodate both my designated driver friends and myself with my mocktails.
Here are some of my favorite delicious mocktails that you can make to entertain your guests and your taste buds.
• 3-inch piece of ginger peeled and sliced
• 1 ounce of fresh squeezed lemon juice
• 1 ounce of fresh squeezed lime juice
• 6 red frozen grapes
• 6 green frozen grapes
• 1 cup of cranberry juice
• 1 cup of sparkling water
• 1 cup of all natural lemon/lime soda
Muddle ginger, lemon and lime juice together in cocktail shaker. Add ice and cranberry juice and shake. Pour into a pitcher then add grapes, followed by sparkling water and soda.
Peppermint Twisted Daiquiri
• 6 mint leaves