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12 Cocktails of Christmas (They’re Healthy Too!)


In honor of the upcoming holidays I have decided to round up the 12 Cocktails of Christmas. What did I consider when choosing these festive drinks? First of all taste. Who cares how healthy it is if you don’t want to drink it? Second, calories. I don’t know about you, but the chances of me having just one drink at my next holiday party are slim to none. Third, I looked at sugar since that’s what causes a lot of the issues with alcohol and weight maintenance. (Click here to learn more about it. Our Diet Doctor discusses just what you can drink and still lose weight—pretty interesting stuff!) I did take fat into consideration when it comes to creamy drinks that are popular this time of year. And lastly, I made sure they are all festive and fun! What does that mean? Seasonal ingredients, an unexpected spice, or a pretty presentation. 

Stay tuned. I’ll be posting one new low calorie cocktail everyday (Monday through Friday) leading up to Christmas. I hope you find a few you love and can make them this holiday season. To hold you over until the 12 Cocktails of Christmas is under way check out some of our top low calorie alcoholic drink recipes. Cheers!

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me twelve skinny Santas,

eleven pitchers of pompelmo,

ten gingerbread men a leaping,

nine cran-merry margaritas,

eight bloody merry maids a milking,

seven swans a sparkling,

six geese a laying snowflakes


four calling birds (that live in a spice tree),

three French martinis,

two turtlenecks and 

Campari with a pear purée.

As an editor at SHAPE I have the chance to learn about the healthiest ways to cook, eat, and live from all sorts of experts but I’m also a single girl living in NYC with a busy schedule, active social life, and chocolate cravings. I’m here to share what works for me—and where I need a little help from you.


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