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The Modern Butlers’ Journal, February 2019, Let’s Talk about Mixology

Amer A. VargasLet’s Talk about Mixology, Part 41

by Amer A. Vargas

Low-calorific Cocktails

After a long Christmas and Holiday season filled with several family meals (normally quite heavy ones!), it is time for the New Year Resolutions! And one of the most common ones is losing those extra pounds or kilograms one has acquired during the festivities.

Can we enjoy a nice cocktail and not break our weight-loss resolution? Yes! Some cocktails have even less calories than a glass of wine.

Vodka Soda, photo by Uka0310

Of course, to accomplish our objective, we must avoid adding sugar, cordials, or even fruit to cocktails, and switch to soda water, which is non-calorific.

Then, choose your favorite base spirit but normally, whisky and vodka are the distilled alcohols with lower calorie counts.

There you go! Fill a lowball glass with rocks (ice), add a shot of either whisky or vodka, and add soda water to taste. And in the case of vodka, you can decorate the drink with a lemon slice.


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