Cutting the Calories Out of Cocktails
Happy hour can be healthy hour if you stick with lighter, leaner libations.
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At the same time, however, a glance at the list of specialty cocktails in many bars will tell you that sweet cocktails are still selling well.
“A lot of bars and restaurants are trying to be creative with their drinks, and not all of them are healthy alternatives,” says Mark Harrison, general manager at Nage in Rehoboth Beach.
Those super sweet vodkas that have become so trendy in the past few years, think whipped cream or cotton candy flavors, are something to steer clear of, Holmes says.
But it’s the mixers in cocktails that can really “screw it up” as far as calorie content, notes David Engle, bartender at a(MUSE.) in Rehoboth Beach.
Sodas, juices, tonic water and sour mixes all add calories, as do the simple syrups added to so many cocktails to flavor and sweeten them. Frozen drinks are another problem because many places make daiquiris, piña coladas and margaritas with syrups or with artificially sweetened, frozen drink mixes.