Cooking Light

December 2009

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Feature story
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.

Newfangled Old-Fashioned
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)
Crushed ice
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