8 Quick Tips For Healthier Cocktails – Is there such a thing?
Healthy cocktail may sound like an oxymoron, but it doesn’t have to be. There are some ways to transform your cocktail into a healthier version of what’s typically served. So, whether you’re relaxing on your own patio or found the Chive Blossom courtyard with a quick search of ‘great restaurants near me,” try out these tips for a healthier version of your cocktail.
Fruit Instead of Syrup
One of the most sugar-filled ingredients of a mixed drink is the flavored simple syrup. Margaritas, mojitos, and daiquiris are all culprits. Next time you hit the local bar in Pawleys Island or make a pitcher drink for a summer cookout, use fresh fruit instead of the sugar-based syrup. Use oranges, limes, or lemon in your margaritas for a fresh, light taste. You can also use coconut or palm sugar when you make your own simple syrup.
Switch Spritzer for Soda
If you like a cocktail with bubbles, skip the high-calorie sodas and opt for a refreshing club soda or spritzer mix. Any bartender at your local bar will have it on hand, and it’s especially perfect for warm summer evenings.
When you scroll through the list of results from your search of “great restaurants near me,” you’ll likely find on their wine menu that a traditional glass is 6 oz. But, to cut down on the calories and allow you to enjoy the beverage longer, ask the bartender to create a wine spritzer – half chilled wine topped with club soda. You eliminate half the calories and have a refreshing drink to sip while dining al fresco.
For beverages that just aren’t the same with a club soda, opt for diet soda. Some bars in Pawleys Island may even have natural sodas.
Lighter is Lighter
Choose lighter alcohols over dark. You’ll find that even at “great restaurants near me,” many dark liquors are served with soda or other sugary mixture, which ups the calorie count. Plus dark alcohol is filled with congeners, which can intensify your hangover.
Go Au Naturel
Opt for some great natural mixers like coffee, fruit, or ginger. You’ll find that the best restaurants in Pawleys Island keep the bar stocked with many natural options to create craft cocktails.
Keep it Short
A short glass that is. Liquid calories can quickly add up with your local bar fills the tumbler to the brim with alcohol and mixers. Opt for a short rocks glass to keep your portions in check.
Pass On the Double
Stick with one shot of alcohol per drink. When you load up on doubles in your cocktails, it becomes difficult to track your calories. (Your head will thank you tomorrow morning).