Holiday Cocktails

  December 15, 2011  |    Blog

It’s true, you can have a cocktail and lose weight!  Check out these low calorie cocktail recipes!  Some are low carb and they all won’t ruin your hard work at the gym, so you can still get a flat belly!  We’re also breaking down the list of the best cocktails for weight loss.

After all, who doesn’t love to celebrate the holidays with friends and family around them?! And we get it—many people find an alcoholic drink a great way to relax and unwind at the holiday parties, or at the end of the day. But as dietitians, we are disappointed that so many of the pre-made alcoholic mixes on the shelves  are high in calories and sugar which can damage all of your hard work to eat healthfully and then also wind up giving you that “crashing” feeling at the end of the day. Plus, they contribute to weight gain. Lucky for you, we’ve found a PERFECT, healthier option.

Enter Q Tonic and Q Ginger, the all-natural and high-quality mixers made of all real ingredients (that means no high fructose corn sweetener). These mixers are packaged in incredibly stunning glass bottles that are as tasteful as their contents, making them great gifts for a host, or for that hard-to-buy for person on your list. Pair them with a nice bottle of gin, vodka or whiskey and a couple of nice cocktail glasses, and be prepared to impress!

Q Tonic and Q Ginger are designed to elegantly balance quality gins and vodkas. Since it’s not full of high fructose corn syrup it’s crisp and clean and has 60% fewer calories and 85% lower glycemic index than regular tonic water. Lower glycemic index means less of that sugar-low at the end of the day, and the natural quinine and ginger in these mixes are believed to aid circulation and digestion, making it a perfect addition to holiday feasts.

Check out these 2 recipes for a great holiday drink, but remember, no matter what cocktail you drink, don’t overdo it! Keep the drinking to a minimum!

Holi-tonic

  1. Bring 2 12-oz bags of fresh cranberries, 1 cup of sugar, and ½ cup water to simmer in a sauce pan.
  2. Stir occasionally, until berries begin to pop, about 2 minutes
  3. Drain liquid through a fine-mesh sieve into a pitcher.
  4. Set aside half the cranberries and then force the rest through the sieve.
  5. Discard solids remaining in sieve then add the set aside cranberries to the pitcher
  6. Chill pitcher until cold, about 2 hours.
  7. Add 1 1/4 cups top shelf gin (Plymouth works well). Stir
  8. Fill highball glasses will ice.
  9. Pour 3oz cranberry mixture into glasses
  10. Top off glasses with 3oz Q Tonic
  11. Garnish with a sprig of mint

Pink Ginger (“mocktail”)

Ingredients:

  • 5 ounces Q Ginger
  • 3 dashes bitters
  • Lemon wedge

Serve on crushed ice. Garnish with a slice of lemon.

Leave a comment here, on our blog page or on twitter using the hashtag #NTQ telling us what you’ll mix with your tonic or ginger and you could be one of two lucky winners to receive a bottle of Q Tonic and of Q Ginger

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