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New Year, New You: Healthy Cocktail Recipes

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Are you looking to start the New Year on the right foot, but you have a vacation trip planned?

We know that many of you are conscious of your liquid calories, especially since you have probably be sticking to water since Jan 1st.  However, your vacation should allow you the opportunity to relax, worry-free and enjoy the time with your family and friends.

Bethenny Frankel’s new book, The Skinnygirl Dish: Easy Recipes for Your Naturally Thin Life is full of fabulously light, flavourful drink ideas.  We have chosen three of our favourites to help you out this season, control the calories and allow you to indulge (just that little bit) so you feel both healthy and happy while on your luxury vacation.

Pink Cosmo

Mix a lighter, 218-calorie, fab Cosmo by trading just a little liquor for club soda. Combine in a cocktail shaker (or ask the bartender for) 1 shot (about 2 ounces) citrus-flavored vodka, 1 splash club soda, 1 splash cranberry juice, and juice of 1 lime wedge; shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Yum—and you’ve slashed 100 calories!

American Virgin

If you’re looking to walk the straight and narrow, try Frankel’s American Virgin. Combine 1 shot (about 2 ounces) each peach juice and club soda and 1 splash each orange juice and lemonade in a cocktail shaker full of ice. Stir and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice, then garnish with a lemon wedge for a healthy 34-calorie “mocktail.” Yep, you read that right—34 measly calories!

Mojito Mambo

Love this Cuban cocktail, but hate the calories? Some mojitos pack up to 250 empty calories, but Frankel’s version contains only 150.

Fill a martini shaker with 1 cup ice. Add 6 lime wedges, 1 1/2 tbsp lime juice, and 2 tbsp torn fresh mint leaves. Muddle lime and mint with a pestle or a long spoon until well-bruised and fragrant.

Next combine 1/2 tsp warmed honey, 2 ounces rum, and 4 ounces club soda; stir gently to dissolve honey. Add to muddled mixture; stir until mixture is well-chilled. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice; garnish with mint and lime, if desired.