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Guilt-Free Cocktails

Every seasoned partygoer knows that a celebration is incomplete without a signature cocktail. However, anyone looking to slim down for the warmer months ahead might be reluctant to sip down a heavy drink that adds hundreds of calories to their daily intake.

Instead of having your guests pass on your delectable concoctions, serve on of these low-cal cocktails from notable restaurants in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area. Each of these delicious (and healthier) cocktail choices will ensure you and your guests continue to stay in line with your caloric goals.

 

La Chine_LotusLa Chine

Inside the Waldorf Astoria, New York, NY

The Lotus 

2 oz. Gyokuro Green Tea Shochu

1/2 oz. Tequila Cabeza

1/2 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice

3/4 oz. Hibiscus Syrup

2-3 Ripped Kafir Lime Leaves

Directions:

1. Add all ingredients to a mixing glass.

2. Add ice and shake well

3. Strain into Collins glass filled with crushed or pebbled ice.

4. Garnish with Kaffir lime leaves.

 

Restaurant Latour Winter's NectarLatour

Crystal Springs Resort, Sussex County, NJ

Created by Ali Koppel

Winter’s Nectar

2 1/2 oz. Hibiscus-infused Gin (Warwick Gin preferred*)

1 1/4 oz. Honey Syrup (Mis the syrup with equal parts honey and hot water.)

3/4 oz. Lemon Juice

Optional Garnish: 1 Tablespook Rosemary Granita

Directions:

1. Place the gin, honey and lemon juice in a mixing glass with ice.

2. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass.

3. If using garnish, place Granita in glass prior to pouring mixture.

* Infuse the gin with dried hibiscus for about a week prior.

 

MartiniDel Frisco’s Grille

Hoboken, Manhattan–Rock Center and Stamford

Youth Serem

2 oz. Ketel One Vodka

1 1/2 oz. Lemon Sour

1/2 oz. Simple Syrup

1 Tbsp. Diced Cucumber

10 Mint Leaves

Directions: 

1. Pour all ingredients into a pint-glass and fill with ice.

2. Cap with a mixing tin and shake vigorously (about 10-15 times).

3. Strain into a chilled martini glass.

4. Garnish with mint sprig.

 

230 Fifth230 Fifth

230 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan, NY

Raspberry Mojito 

1 1/2 oz. Raspberry Vodka

1 1/2 oz. Rum

Muddled Fresh Mint

Muddled Fresh Raspberries

Fresh Lime Juice

Splash of Club Soda

Directions:

1. Mix ingredients together.

2. Garnish with Mint and Raspberry.

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