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Low-Cal Cocktails (Even Tho Wine is Healthiest)

OK, so we've validated that wine has health benefits, and that it's for the most part, the healthiest alcoholic beverage choice. However, I admit, there are times you want to explore some other options. Summer time, pool time, outdoor patios are perfect for wine but might lack that mint sprig or pretty umbrella you need to give you that mental feeling of "relaxation time". But the problem is that hard liquor drinks carry so many more calories, in their liquor content and most auspiciously in the cocktail cohorts making up those frilly flavors. So here is a list of cocktails, departing from the obvious choice ofwine being naturally lower in calories, that provide alternative dressings for lower calorie concoctions...

Watermelon Mojito: 100 Calories
A whole day of eating right can go down in the swirl of cocktail -- with crazy-high calories and weakened willpower. So we've put a few drinks on a diet, starting with the Cuban mojito. Instead of using sugar, use a wooden pestle or a big spoon to gently crush cubes of watermelon with fresh mint leaves. Add rum and sparkling water for a sweet mojito with half the usual calories.

Skinny Piña Colada: 229 Calories

Rum that's infused with a coconut flavor can cut about 300 calories from a piña colada. What's out? The sugary, coconut milk mix. Measure one shot of coconut rum. Then add fresh strawberries, a splash of agave syrup, and blend with ice. You get a tall, 12-ounce tropical cocktail for about the same calories as in a handful of pretzel twists.

Shochu Cosmo: 70 Calories

Make a super-slim cosmopolitan by replacing the vodka with shochu, a Japanese spirit with a smooth flavor. A 2-ounce serving has only about 35 calories. Add splashes of diet cranberry juice, fresh lime juice, and orange juice, and then toss in a martini shaker. This cosmo shakes out at half the calories of a traditional cosmopolitan.

Skinny Vodka Iced Tea: 80 Calories

The mix of lemonade and sweet iced tea, favored by golfer Arnold Palmer, becomes a popular cocktail when you add a shot of vodka. You can slice off half the calories in this tall, cool drink by using low-calorie lemonade and sweet-tea-flavored vodka. This specialty vodka is lower in calories than traditional types.

Slim Berry Daiquiri: 145 Calories

Simple, unadorned berries can help slim down a strawberry daiquiri. Start with 1 cup of no-sugar-added berries, either fresh or frozen. You get intense berry flavor for just 50 calories, compared with 255 calories in berries frozen with syrup. Add rum, ice, and sweeten the deal with 1 teaspoon of stevia, a sugar substitute. Blend into a slim and delicious frozen concoction.

Find more cocktails and the full slide show here:

Calories in Wine vs Beer (Infographic)

Bex notes:    There is a joke in the wine industry that's not so much a joke: What does a winemaker want at the end of a long work day? A beer. So no hard feelings against it, but as most of  the articles below highlight, wine is full of so much more than calories, alcohol and relaxation but also many, many benefits. But sometimes, you just want a cool frothy one. I'm a fan of the rich and dark Belgians but those are also higher in calories. If you're a Bud/Coors/Miller Lite drinker, congratulations, you're consuming the least calories in the beer category. But then again, if you're a american beer lite drinker, you're probably not reading my blog. Am I wrong?

So I ask you, as a wine drinker, when you drink beer, why do you choose beer and which type do you choose?

Calories in Wine vs Beer (Infographic)

Calories in Wine vs Beer
Since the FDA doesn’t require nutrition facts on alcoholic beverages it’s very difficult to understand how much a drink will cost your diet plan. 

...Every drink, whether it be beer, wine or liquor is some combination of alcohol calories, sugar calories and sometimes fat calories

Health Benefits of Wine and Beer
Both beer and wine have some added benefits to drinkers that many distilled alcoholic beverages do not. For instance, red wine that is high in tannin contains procyanidins which protect against heart disease. Beer is a significant source of dietary silicon which improves bone density and reduces the risk of osteoporosis.

Not All Wines and Beers Have the Same Calories
Since some beer and wine have a higher alcohol percentage than others, the total calories will vary greatly. A good rule of thumb is to choose the lightest alcohol dry wine or beer in order to have the least calories.

I ask: Zero Alcohol or Less Alcohol?

Bex notes:  Is wine really wine if there is NO alcohol? The stuff I've tried is terrible, just serve me Welchs grape juice instead please! Obviously I understand the call for less alcohol in wines, from pregnancy to driving to weight, but alcohol is actually an essential ingredient contributing to the HEALTHY aspects of wine. Of course this is my blog and therefore my plug for my HALF ALCOHOL wine, that actually tastes good. Everything is better in moderation they say! Don't throw the baby (alcohol) out with the wine. Anyway, here is an article touting zero alcohol wine, just to share fair:

Pregnant women are raising their glasses to alcohol-free wine.The growing trend is making waves throughout the world, including Muslim nations and now also Australia and New Zealand.It's also being touted as a positive way to combat New Zealand's binge drinking culture. And pregnant women, designated drivers, athletes, and even children are among fans.International Aotearoa owner Raylene O'Connor began importing alcohol-free wines after tiring of juice and fizzy drink at social occasions."I live in North Canterbury and there's no taxis here. I was always the sober driver," she said.

Drink Low and Slow: Low-Alcohol Wines Perfect for Summer

Technically, there's no category called "low-alcohol wines." Most white wine hovers around 11 percent alcohol, and most red is in the 13 percent range. Lately, California has been churning out big, bruising, expensive red zinfandels with 15 percent and more, and the wine-selling and wine-buying communities have come to equate high alcohol with high quality.

Although the difference in alcohol between different wines may be only two or three percentage points, it makes a big difference in context. If a light Italian pinot grigio comes in at 11 percent, a glass of one of those scary zins at 15 percent will get you almost 1.5 times as intoxicated, which is profound, especially if you think you're just going to have a glass or two. On the other hand, a Portuguese Vinho Verde with seven or eight percent delivers 40% less active ingredient, and that's welcome on a steamy summer day. Tastes great versus less intoxicating: you make the call.


More and more European winemakers are starting to look into the idea of making "light" wines -- with 3% to 6% less alcohol content than traditional varieties.

As you can imagine, the wine snobs are turning up their noses at them, but is that fair?

Experts say that such low-alcohol wines taste the same as higher "octane" wines, yet might be healthier for us -- all the fun of a glass of wine, but with less alcohol.


...While high strength white wines are arguably equally strong in taste and flavour, many consumers have started to demand a tasty tipple that won’t have them toppling over. Today, supermarkets and other wine retailers are responding with wines that have a lower alcohol content without compromising on taste...