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Best Alcoholic Drinks

red-wine-glass-pourI don’t know about you, but this is my problem area.  I am a social drinker and the holidays are a social time, so I usually drink too much.  Being a realistic person and nutritionist, I know I am not going to give up alcohol but I will at least choose healthier types of beverages and consume wisely.

How Does Alcohol Make You Fat:  The Bottom Line
You are welcome to read a bigger overview about how your body metabolizes alcohol, but here’s the bottom line:  It’s important to stick to a drink with the lowest sugar content and the fewest ingredients, just like your food choices.  Most hard liquors (1.5 oz serving) are a cleaner lower calorie drink than beer (12 oz serving) and wine (5 oz serving). Beer and wine have higher sugar content, therefore store more fat. Be careful with mixers that are high in sugar, artificially sweetened or contain caffeine.  These toxic ingredients will heighten hangovers and damage your metabolism.  Club soda is my favorite mixer and adding fresh squeezed fruit is a great way to add natural flavor.  Last but not least, drink lots of water to prevent dehydration and hangover symptoms.

 Worst 3 Holiday Cocktails:

  1. Egg Nog with Rum or Brandy (1 cup) = Approximately 450 calories, 10 grams saturated fat, 60 grams carbohydrates, 50 grams sugar
  2. Rum and Coke (12 oz) = Approximately 370 calories, 26 grams of carbohydrates, 26 grams of sugar
  3. Hot Toddy with Apple Cider and Whiskey or Rum (1 cup) = Approximately 200 calories, 25 grams of carbohydrates, 23 grams of sugar

Best 3 Alcoholic Drinks (Lowest in sugar and clean ingredients):

  1. Vodka and Club: If this is too boring for you, jazz it up with a splash of juice and lots of fresh squeezed lime.
  2. Skinny Margarita: You can’t even compare a store bought mix with this clean recipe.  I posted it below.
  3. Red Wine: Like I said, wine and beer have a little more natural sugar than hard liquor so drink in moderation. Due to it’s antioxidant content, I choose red wine first, then white wine, and then beer.


The Betsy Special: light and refreshing 

  • 1.5 oz premium vodka
  • 1 cup club soda, raspberry flavor (not artificially sweetened)
  • Splash of cranberry juice
  • 2 fresh squeezed limes wedges

Skinny Margarita: clean and simple

  • 2oz premium Tequila
  • 1 cup club soda or mineral water
  • 4+ fresh squeezed lime wedges
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Discuss: “Best Alcoholic Drinks”

  1. June 27, 2012 at 2:15 am #

    Great . You know what a fan I am of club soda. With our great national rum I’ll be set. What’s nice is with light rum you can decrease the dosage as the night progresses and still be one of the boys. Nicaragua is a wonderful place to live but there is so much social pressure to drink.

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