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Jul 4, 2009 03:35 AM

Thoughts on these low cal cocktails?

Anyone want to give me their impression on these low calorie cocktails? I want some skinnied down versions of these really high calorie treats.

Chocolate Martini
1 oz Godiva chocolate liqueur
1/2 cup 1% Milk
1 tsp Hershey’s Dark Chocolate Syrup

Lightly coat martini glass rim with one teaspoon of the syrup. Set aside. In martini shaker combine liqueur and milk with crushed ice. Shake to mix until ice melts a bit. Pour into martini glass.

Pina Colada Cooler
1 ½ ounces Coconut Flavored Rum
3 ounces pineapple juice
4 ounces sparking water
1 tablespoon of Cream of Coconut Lite

Pour ingredients over ice.

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  1. Hm. I have trouble seeing how you could make those low cal, but here's one you might try, great for summer:

    La Paloma

    1/2 oz (=1 tablespoon) fresh lime juice
    2oz tequila - 100% agave reposado
    8oz grapefruit soda
    pinch of salt

    mix together and serve over ice

    Now the way you make this low cal is to use a zero cal grapefruit soda. Fresca or Diet Squirt would be your most obvious choices, though there could be others. I made these with Fresca recently, and they were good. You can adjust the amount of soda to your taste, really, although too much more and you won't taste the tequila. (For some this may be a bonus, but the original intent is to taste it. ;-) Shouldn't be too many calories in 1/2oz of lime juice; one source I looked up said 4 calories. A shot (generally 1.5oz) of tequila has around 100 calories, so it would be around 130 or so for the 2oz. So call it 140 calories for a fairly tall and tasty drink.

    1. The first one makes no sense to me. The Godiva liqueur is 17% ABV, so you're going to end up with subpar chocolate milk with a *very* slight alcoholic edge; not enough alcohol to have much of an effect on any adult who drinks with any regularity. So I wonder, why bother at all? You could make a much better glass of nonalcoholic chocolate milk with Trader Joe's Midnight Moo syrup (which is fat-free and quite tasty).

      As for the second one, well... It's certainly closer to being something interesting than the first, but it's difficult to say. I think I would probably just leave the cream of coconut out, especially since you already have the coconut flavored rum, and maybe replace it with a 1/2 oz of dark rum to get some better rum flavor and up the alcohol concentration a bit more. A squeeze of lime and a dash or two of bitters might also help transform that drink into something quite a bit tastier.

      1. it's kind of like trying to make "diet" fettucine alfredo. you cut out the fat, the cream, the cheese, the carbs, you got nothing. the richness is what makes the original product good. i don't see any point in trying to do pina coladas without real coconut milk or white russians with skim milk. . . what you'll wind up with will be unsatisfying, and an unsatisfying cocktail is bad-- it's like eating the whole box of low-calorie, no-fat cookies-- & you'll wind up drinking three "diet cocktails" to get the satisfaction that one good one would have provided, and then you might start losing some hours, ore even a day or two every once in a while ;-P

        instead, i'd change gears and go for citrusy or herbal cocktails. i don't do diet sodas/artificial sweeteners, so i'd play with sparkling water and small amounts of syrups, fruit juices, new to you flavors. hibiscus maybe. real grapefruit juice, not fake grapefruit soda with chemicals. the ol' white wine spritzer used to be a standard dieter's drink, it can still be tasty. find flavors you like, but if you really crave the rich/chocolate/cream in the fatty cocktails, you should treat yourself to one every once in a while, or at least until you lose a taste for them.

        1. I recently had a really nice low-calorie version of Tequila Sunrise. The principle would work for any drink that contains grenadine. Grenadine is reduced and sweetened pomegranate juice. By using pomegranate juice in place of grenadine, you're able to remove the extra sugar added during sweetening.

          To maintain the right alcohol to juice ratio and to get the amount of pomegranate essence you would get from grenadine, the recipe I tried used 2 oz of pomegranate juice in place of 0.5 oz of grenadine but then reduced the orange juice by 2 ounces and increased the tequila by 0.5 ounces.

          The final recipe was 2 oz tequila, 2 oz OJ, 2 oz of pomegranate juice. The calories per standard drink was reduced from 204 to 141. I'll see if I can come up with something for the chocolate martini or the pina colada cooler. What you've done seems reasonable. One thing that always reduces calories per drink is to make the drinks stronger. This can only be done to a point though, since you want to maintain the flavor and consistency of the drink.



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          1. re: HappyBreathNet

            "One thing that always reduces calories per drink is to make the drinks stronger."

            Ounce for ounce, alcohol contains more calories than almost all mixers. For example, vodka contains 65 calories per ounce and Ocean Spray sweetened cranberry juice cocktail contains 15 calories per ounce. Dole pineapple juice contains 17 calories per ounce. Orange juice contains 16. An ounce of tonic water has 10 calories. An ounce of sour mix contains about 45. An ounce of Coke has about 14. An ounce of seltzer and any diet soda has 0.

            Upping the amount of alcohol will get you drunker faster (if that's your goal), so fewer drinks will be needed, which correlates to fewer calories (unless you're using diet mixers, in which it'll be the same, since the only calories are coming from the alcohol itself).