Skinny Seasonal Spirits

‘Tis the season for galas and get-togethers galore! Whether you’re celebrating the season with friends, family, or colleagues, you’re bound to be surrounded by good wine and good times. As acac West Chester nutritionist and registered dietitian Margaret Moses says, “With all of the parties happening, it’s easy to lose track of how many calories you’re consuming through alcohol.” In fact, the average person gains four to six pounds over the holiday season. Read on for recipes and a few simple swaps that will keep your cocktails skinny and your spirits high during the holiday season!

Pa-Rum-Pa-Pum-Pomegranate Punch

(makes three drinks)
1 cup light pomegranate juice
3 tablespoons lime juice
3 ounces rum
3/4 teaspoon Stevia
1 1/2 cup champagne
handful of pomegranate seeds
ice cubes, as desired

Fill pitcher with ice cubes and mix pomegranate juice, lime juice, rum, sugar, and champagne together. Add pomegranate seeds to individual glasses as you fill for a decorative touch that is both festive and flavorful!

Gin-gerbread Tonic

(makes one drink)
fresh rosemary sprigs
1 lemon, juiced – save peel
1/2 teaspoon honey
1 1/2 ounces gin
3 ounces club soda

Muddle the rosemary with lemon juice and honey. Fill glass with ice, pour gin, and top off with club soda. Use lemon peel as decoration.

Peppermin-tini

(makes two drinks)
2 cups skim milk
1 cup creme de menthe
1/2 cup low-fat chocolate liquer

Stir ingredients together and serve chilled. 

Margaret also recommends to “try and limit your alcohol consumption, drink water between drinks, have a healthy meal before going out, and savor each drink!” If you definitely want to consume alcohol, try these simple swaps to cut down on calories:

However and with whomever you celebrate, we hope you have a safe and very merry holiday! All acac clubs will be closed on December 25th for Christmas Day. Please check with your local acac for specific holiday schedules.