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Cleaner Drinking for the New Year!

So we made it through 2012. If you’re like me, you kind of figured that if the world was going to end, you might as well eat well! From prime rib and Christmas cookies to tub loads of Champagne and fancy cheese, I overindulged in 2012 and came out with a “jollier” figure. I don’t believe in dieting every new year, but I do believe in eating cleaner. If you strip away all the sugars and preservatives from premade cocktails and put a little more initiative into making your drinks, you can still have killer cocktails and save both money and calories.

Making your own simple syrup is a great way to sweeten cocktails while knowing how much sugar is going into them. Making simple syrup is very easy; simply add 2 cups of sugar to 2 cups of boiling water in a saucepan, stir until the sugar is dissolved, and store it for up to three weeks. At GetDrunkNotFat.com, they rate each alcohol by how low in calories it is versus the percentage of alcohol and give it a grade based on the outcome. Vodka, Tequila, Rum and Asian liquors like Soju are lowest, hovering around 60 calories for 1.5 ounces. The real threat is what you are mixing the alcohol with. I love Polar Seltzer Waters. They are calorie-, sodium-, and sugar-free and very flavorful. Just add fresh citrus and your neutral spirit of choice, and you have a very refreshing cocktail!

Fruits and vegetables are the craze for cocktails right now, so finding low-cal recipes for cocktails that are still as fun and flavorful as a sweet and sugary strawberry daiquiri is easy. Try to stay away from cocktail recipes that include liqueurs and fruit juices that can bump up calories quickly. Be creative! If a recipe calls for Roses Lime Cordial, add fresh lime juice and a teaspoon of that homemade simple syrup instead. Many vodka producers have come out with tons of flavored vodkas, and they are still relatively low in calorie but can boost flavor and satisfy a sweet tooth. Love a creamsicle? Pour 1.5 ounces of Smirnoff Whipped Vodka over ice in a tall glass, top with Polar Orange Vanilla Seltzer and garnish with an orange peel twist. All that is less than 100 calories!

Bethenny Frankel boasts the 100-calorie-per-serving fact on her Skinnygirl wine label, but it turns out that when it comes to all wine, you are looking at around 100 to 120 calories per 5-ounce serving, which isn’t bad. A nice Chardonnay goes terrific with grilled chicken salad, so indulge a little, but make sure you keep it to a glass and not the whole bottle. Wine gets a bad rap when it comes to calories, but like liquor, it’s what comes with it that’s the real trouble. What’s wine without cheese? Or a delicious T-Bone steak? Focus on cleaning up your wine habits, and it can still make a low-calorie treat.

I suppose you want me to talk about beer here, right? Well, if you’ve been reading my blog, you know that I love it, and it saddens me to say that when “cleaning up” your diet, you should avoid beer. There are light beers that are a good way to satisfy a craving, but in general, I am going to say stay away, or at least, as in all things alcoholic, moderate.

I am lucky that I have found a palate for good scotch. Even though it is one of the most caloric alcohols, coming in around 98 calories per 1.5 ounces, I only have to mix it with two ice cubes to keep my palate satisfied.

When you make your New Year’s resolution this year, don’t give things up; clean them up!


– Jennifer Laurie

The Skinny on Skinnygirl Cocktails

If you perused our aisles today, you would see one word that repeats again and again: Skinny. We’ve got Skinny Pop Popcorn, Skinny Cow ice cream, Firefly Skinny Sweet Tea Vodka, and even Skinny Water!

Skinny is the new buzzword, and no one knows it better than Real Housewife Bethenny Frankel. She has built an empire on the word, and it’s still growing! Just this past week she brought in White Peach Margarita and Skinny Mini Margarita 4 packs*.

So who exactly is Bethenny, and why should we care about her Skinny products? Bethenny Frankel started her reality TV career as the runner up on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart. The producers liked her so much they slotted her as a cast member on the hit reality TV series The Real Housewives of New York. On the show, she was able to show off her culinary skills as a natural foods caterer. She got her credentials from the Natural Gourmet Culinary Institute, and as the show progressed, she and her eating habits became wildly popular.

In episodes, Bethenny was shown ordering what she called a “Skinny Girl Margarita.” This low-cal cocktail was a stripped-down version of a classic margarita, without all the sugar. The drink caught on, and a woman who was slated for 15 minutes of TV fame turned her favorite libation into the seedling for an entire line of Skinnygirl products.

Skinnygirl Cocktail Review

Daily, I get asked how they taste, and last night I sat down and tried all of the Skinnygirl Cocktails*. Here are my findings:

Skinnygirl Cocktails Review

? Skinnygirl Margarita $13.95 – Tart and tangy the way a margarita should be, but if you are used to Jose Cuervo, you may be in for a bit of a shock. You have to keep in mind that this drink is only 37 calories for 1.5 oz, so the sweetness is cut way back. It takes a little getting used to, but it’s definitely a great alternative to the blood-sugar-spiking, bright-green, premade jug margarita.

Skinnygirl White Cranberry Cosmo $14.99 – By far the favorite of our group, the White Cranberry Cosmo is light and refreshing–perfect for a hot day by the pool.  The white cranberry flavor is elegant and not as heavy as your standard cranberry Cosmo. There’s also the bonus that it’s clear, so you don’t have to worry about stains.

Skinnygirl Pina Colada $14.99 – “A guilt-free vacation with every sip,” Bethenny says. Sure, it tastes like a vacation; you know the part when you get Hawaiian Tropic suntan lotion in your mouth? I’m not saying it’s bad. However, it does have an intense coconut flavor that doesn’t make up for the creamy smoothness of the real thing. If you are in a pinch and watching calories, it will do.

Skinnygirl White Peach Margarita $13.95 – The newest “girl” was my favorite of the night. Very fragrant, sweet and a little tart, just like a ripe peach. A little hint of lime counterbalances the sweetness of the peach just right.

All of the cocktails average about 35 calories per 1.5 fluid oz, and except for the margarita, all are clear in color. I can see why these have become some of my bestselling liquor items! All of the ingredients to make your own skinny margarita can be found in our stores, from the fresh limes and blue agave silver tequila to the calorie-reducing agave syrup. The Skinnygirl Cocktails are as simple as the bottles say–just open and serve, but I do recommend lots of crushed ice.

Skinnygirl review

Have you tried any of the Skinnygirl cocktails?  What do you think?

*Sorry, Skinnygirl Cocktails are only available at our Troy & Clinton Township locations.