Holiday Challenge: Make a Signature Margarita Mocktail
Everyone should know how to make a signature cocktail. Why not make your’s a signature mocktail?
Here’s what I’m drinking this season- Margarita Mocktail with homemade lime simple syrup.
Mocktail Margarita: Alcohol Free
A delicious margarita without alcohol made with lime simple syrup and sparkling water.
- 1 Cup Cane sugar
- 1 Cup Water
- 4 Key or Mexican limes Juice and zest, divided
- 2 Tablespoons Lime simple syrup
- 2 Juice of 2 Mexican limes
- 8 Ounces Sparkling water
- 1 Teaspoon Apple cider vinegar
Make lime simple syrup. Mix water, sugar and 1 tablespoon of lime zest. heat over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Add 1 tablespoon of lime juice, about two Mexican limes. Let cool. Strain out solids. Refrigerate any remaining syrup up to 1 week.
2) Margarita Mocktail: Run cut lime over the rim of a margarita glass and roll the rim of your glass in course sugar. Combine 2 tablespoons of lime simple syrup, additional 1 tablespoon of lime juice, about two Mexican limes. Add a dash of apple cider vineger to taste. Trust me, a dash of vinegar replaces the alcohol flavor. Try a very small dash first and adjust to your tastes. Pour over ice and adjust sugar to desired level. Garnish with lime slices.
Drinking alcohol may not be your best choice when cutting calories.
Alcohol seems to flow freely during the Holiday party season. I like a cold glass of champagne as well as anyone but alcohol is not your friend if you are watching your waistline. Alcohol is fat-free and low in carbs although alcohols are worse nutrients than carbs. Alcohol is metabolized into fatty acids which cause fatty liver.
It’s important to remember that calories count when it comes to weight management. Alcohol and dieting don’t mix well—your body processes alcohol first, leaving carbohydrates and fats to get stored as fat instead of getting used as fuel. There’s a reason that excess fat is called a beer belly in those who imbibe frequently.
Set a limit before you leave the house.
If you plan to drink alcohol then set your limit before you start drinking because it is a fact that after you drink one or more adult beverages you lose your ability to make good choices about food and drinks.
Your best options, calorie wise, are wine, champagne, and light beer, or hard liquor mixed with no calorie mixers i.e vodka and soda.
5 oz of wine, 1.5 oz of tequila or vodka, and 12 oz of light beer each have about 100 calories.
The worst calorie options include any drink in a tumbler made with sugar. If your drink is adorned with an umbrella or a sugared rim it is suspect. Unless it is my Margarita Mocktail which is calorie controlled.
Piña Coladas, Mojitos, Daiquiris and traditional Margaritas in an average serving (6-8 oz) will cost you between 500 and 1000 calories. Egg nog and brandy will set you back 300 calories for 1/2 cup. Yes, really. Mudslides? You don’t want to know. If you want a special cocktail, then plan for it and enjoy, but call it dessert and limit it to one.
Drink a glass of water after every alcoholic drink to stay hydrated and to sloooooow down your consumption. Don’t drink on an empty stomach. Have a meal or a snack before you drink to slow down the absorption of the alcohol.
Don’t drink and drive, ever.
Women have a lower tolerance for alcohol than men and a large pour of wine could put you over your legal limit to drive.
Drink wisely or not at all.
Nothing says, “I won’t be home for Christmas”, like a DUI or being locked up in a Mexican jail. Always agree in advance on a designated driver or take a cab.
Worried about how much you drink? See my post about Wine and Women for help.
You might like my Pinterest Board, Mocktails