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Low-Cal Gin Martini Alternative


Having been cooped up all week thanks to Hurricane Sandy, my brother has done a number on the beer supply and I sipped through every bottle of wine we had on hand before the storm hit. I guess it's time to get creative with the cocktails!

Luckily I still have a few bottles of Angry Orchard cider and the recipes Haley Jensen, New York City's Taproom 307 beer sommelier, taught me earlier this fall. If you love elderflower liquor—think St. Germain and champagne cocktails—try the Orchard Flowers, an autumnal twist on the gin martini.


Orchard Flowers
132 calories, 6 grams of sugar

1/2 ounce dry gin 
1/2 ounce St. Germain 
Splash lime juice 
3 ounces Angry Orchard Traditional Dry Cider
Lime wheel, for garnish

Pour everything except the lime wheel into a mixing cup with ice and stir until chilled. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with lime wheel.

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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