The Power of Positive Drinking
A cocktail (or beer or wine) can be as good for your body as it is for your frame of mind.
We shaved almost 30 calories per drink from the original, but this version’s flavor is just as assertive. One serving equals about two liquor portions.
1 cup premium bourbon or rye whiskey
1/4 cup 100% cherry juice (not sour)
2 teaspoons Angostura bitters
Four 2-inch orange rind strips (optional)
4 maraschino cherries (optional)
Combine bourbon, cherry juice, and bitters in a cocktail shaker. Divide bourbon mixture evenly among 4 tumblers filled with ice. Garnish each serving with 1 rind strip and 1 cherry, if using.
CALORIES 167; FAT 0g; PROTEIN 0g; CARB 4.1g; FIBER 0g; CHOL 0mg; IRON 0.1mg; SODIUM 2mg; CALC 3mg
Rosemary Lemon Drop
A serving of this zingy cocktail provides 20 percent of your daily vitamin C needs.
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
3/4 cup water
2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
1 cup vodka
3/4 cup fresh lemon juice (5 lemons)
Rosemary sprigs (optional)
Bring first 3 ingredients to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring just until sugar dissolves. Cover and remove from heat; let stand for 20 minutes. Strain through a fine sieve over a bowl, reserving liquid; discard solids. Cover and chill.
Combine chilled syrup, vodka, and juice. Pour over ice in a martini shaker; shake to combine. Strain into 6 martini glasses; garnish with rosemary, if using.
CALORIES 238; FAT 0g; PROTEIN 0.1g; CARB 40.1g; FIBER 0.1g; CHOL 0mg; IRON 0.1mg; SODIUM 1mg; CALC 3mg
Hot Buttered Vanilla Rum
We strike just the right balance of boozy rum and sugar. A spot of butter rounds out flavors and keeps saturated fat in check.
1 1/2 cups water
2 tablespoons sugar
1 vanilla bean
One 2-inch piece lemon rind
1 cup dark rum
1 tablespoon butter
Bring first 4 ingredients to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 15 minutes. Strain mixture through a fine sieve over a bowl, reserving liquid; discard solids. Return water mixture to pan. Add rum and butter to pan; bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring until butter melts. Serve immediately.
CALORIES 178; FAT 2.8g (sat 1.8g, mono 0.7g, poly 0.1g); PROTEIN 0g; CARB 6g; FIBER 0g; CHOL 8mg; IRON 0.1mg; SODIUM 21mg; CALC 1mg
Sparkling Pomegranate Cocktail
The fruit’s polyphenols, a class of antioxidants, likely help your heart. They contribute to the vibrant flavor, too.
1 1/2 cups pomegranate juice
1/4 cup grenadine
One 750-ml bottle dry Prosecco, or other dry sparkling white wine, chilled
6 lime slices (optional)
Pomegranate seeds (optional)
Combine pomegranate juice and grenadine in a 2-cup glass measure. Divide the juice mixture evenly among 6 Champagne flutes or wineglasses. Top each srving evenly with wine, and garnish each serving with lime slices and seeds, if using.
CALORIES 164; FAT 0g; PROTEIN 0.3g; CARB 21g; FIBER 0.3g; CHOL 0mg; IRON 0.1mg; SODIUM 11mg; CALC 11mg