downgrading the cocktail

Posted by susan on February 26th, 2009. Filed under: epicurious travel.

I have been going to the gym more often, the only kind of pasta I eat is wheat and I’ve recently gotten into Pilates on exercise TV.

My problem (other than chocolate) is that to me, the best kind of beer is the kind with the most hops and unfortunately, the most calories. Michelob Ultra is water to me. My go to beer is a Harpoon IPA.

I don’t really drink hard alcohol, but if I do it is whiskey and not the allegedly South Beach-friendly Bacardi and diet.

When I was in Ireland the only thing I drank was Murphy’s Irish Stout because it was the cheapest, well, that and Beamish, because they are both locally brewed. Budweiser happened to be the trendy import, at least back then, and I couldn’t morally bring myself to spend almost double it’s U.S. price.

I grew to love stout.

murphy's irish stout

[That’s a billboard I used to walk and run by everyday]

I didn’t lose or gain any weight during my time in Cork because I ran so much, so much that I developed runner’s knee, I walked everywhere and I also played rugby  – it all seemed to even out.

These days, my sorry excuse for a good run on the elliptical, and the fact that I am getting older, means that I need to downgrade the drink to match up with the work out again, even if it means taking on different cocktails..

So I did some research…

Glamour did a slideshow of best and worst drinks in a side by side comparison. Almost every one was a little too fruity for me, but I did find a good tip that I can use:

[From Glamour]

If you have a Mojito instead of a Margarita, you save 206 caloriesexplanation here.

I also found information on the world’s healthiest cocktail, according to an old Esquire story by David Wondrich, and it involves whiskey.

esquire

[From Esquire]

Here is how to make it…

Place 2 teaspoons light agave nectar (which has a very low glycemic load; available in health-food stores and some supermarkets) in a cocktail shaker. Add 1 teaspoon hot water and stir. Then add:

  • 1 1/2 ounces Jameson’s Irish whiskey
  • 3/4 ounce fresh-squeezed blood-orange juice (full of antioxidant anthocyanins, cancer-fighting carotenoids, and other good things)
  • 1/2 ounce fresh-squeezed lemon juice (get that vitamin C!)
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters (homeopathic amounts of any number of medicinal roots, barks, and flowers)

Fill shaker with ice, shake vigorously (thus burning ten calories), and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Top off with ¾ oz red wine, carefully poured over the back of a spoon to create a layered effect.

I love a mojito so that’s easy and maybe one day I will be crafty enough to try that whiskey cocktail. But that will have to do for now, because when it comes to beer, I simply cannot sacrifice ordering a good old IPA.

Do you have any tips for a low calorie cocktail?

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