Guilt-free Holiday drinks (that are not vodka & soda)

Posted on December 19, 2017 by Rebecca in General Health, Lifestyle, Nutrition

So many of us are starting the New Year off trying to be healthier and maybe lose a few kilos.
Liquid calories are a dieter’s worst nightmare, but there are ways to cut back on them if you still want to have a drink now and then.

We have a couple of fabulously light, flavourful drink ideas for you!

Skinny Manhattan 

• 50 ml of your favorite bourbon
• Splash of Sweet Vermouth (1/8 Tablespoon)
• Dash of Bitters

Serve it over ice and garnish with fresh berries for an extra treat.


A little vodka, a little Cointreau, some cranberry juice—you may as well be sipping a pack of liquefied fruit chews. And the more splashes of juice and shots of alcohol you add, the higher the calories climb. This still doesn’t mean that you need to give up your favourite cocktail. Experiment with different fruit-infused vodkas and amounts of lime or lemon juice (both very low in calories).

The secret it to cut back on the juice or at least go for a sugar free option.
Most juices are very high in sugar and calories, including cranberry.
You might have to pay a visit to a health food store to find a truly sugar free cranberry juice.

• ice
• 50 ml citrus vodka
• 1 splash club soda
• 1 splash cranberry juice, low calorie/low sugar variety
• 1 wedge fresh lime

This Sex & the City drink is only 212 Calories.


Bubbles anyone? Brut is a drier wine than a bottle with ‘Extra Dry’ label!


If you prefer your Prosecco in a drier style, you want to be looking for ‘Brut’, which is allowed up to 12g of residual sugar per litre.
Bubblies labelled brut should indeed taste crisp and fresh with a lip-smacking whoosh of acidity.

Lastly, even with the healthier options above, remember moderation is a key!
During the holidays many people may think – “I must drink as much as I can because soon after ‘the New Year New Me’ phase starts and I won’t touch alcohol for the rest of my life”. You see how this soft of thinking can cause excessive drinking, don’t you?