Saint Patrick's Day: Top 5 Festive Low-Calorie Drinks
Low Calorie Drink Recipe: Luck O' the Mojito (90 Calories)
This Mojito recipe uses fresh green herbs to help you celebrate St. Patty's Day the healthier way. It's the perfect low-calorie cocktail for those who think whiskey is too strong and prefer a drink with a lighter touch.
How to make it: In the bottom of a Collins or mixing glass, muddle 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 teaspoon water, herbs (1 pinch fresh ginger, peeled and grated, 3 medium basil leaves, 3 mint leaves) and juice of half a lime. Pour in 1 oz. of white rum (or vodka, if you prefer) and stir. Top with crushed ice and club soda. Garnish with a lime wheel.
Low Calorie Drink Recipe: Green Sangria (115 Calories)
Entertain your friends with this festive sangria that's a low calorie cocktail and snack!
How to make it: For about six servings, you'll need a bottle of Pinot Grigio, 1 oz. Midori melon liqueur, 1/2 green apple (cored and sliced), 1/2 lime (sliced), 1/4 English cucumber (sliced), 10 mint leaves, 1/2 kiwi fruit (peeled and sliced), and club soda. Combine all ingredients except club soda in a pitcher and refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours and a maximum of 8 hours. For individual servings, spoon some of the fruit into a wine glass before pouring and then top off with a splash of club soda, diet lemon-lime soda or diet ginger ale to taste.
Low Calorie Drink Recipe: Dublin Old Fashioned (135 Calories)
For those who prefer a stiffer cocktail, this Dublin Old Fashioned packs a serious punch while still keeping the calorie count low.
How to make it: Fill a cocktail glass with ice and set aside. In the bottom of a shaker, muddle 1/2 teaspoon sugar, 5 mint leaves and 1/4 oz. lime juice together. Add 1.5 oz. whiskey and shake with the ice from the chilling cocktail glass. Pour a small amount of absinthe (no more than 1/8 oz) into the cocktail glass and swirl it around until it coats the entire inside, then pour the absinthe out. Strain the shaker ingredients into the glass and top with a splash of club soda to taste.
Low Calorie Drink Recipe: Irish Iced Tea (80 Calories)
Zero-calorie Irish Breakfast Tea combines with Irish whiskey to make a simple, almost-traditional Irish tipple.
How to make it: Brew 6 oz. Irish Breakfast Tea and let cool. Combine 1 oz. Irish whiskey, 1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice, and tea in a mixing glass. Add ice and stir until chilled (about 20 seconds). Strain over fresh ice in a Collins glass. Garnish with a lemon wheel. Optional: If you want to sweeten it with a teaspoon of sugar, add 16 calories to your total.
Low Calorie Drink Recipe: Irish Spring (150 Calories)
Sometimes you just want something sweet! This spirited cocktail has the flavor of a classic green Grasshopper without the extra calories from cream.
How to make it: Fill a Collins glass with ice. Add 3/4 oz. vodka and 1/2 oz. green creme de menthe. Top with 1/4 oz. club soda. For more low-calorie drink recipes, check out DIY Cocktails: A Simple Guide to Creating Your Own Signature Drinks
by Marcia Simmons and Jonas Halpren of DrinkoftheWeek.com.