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Ian Shapiro


Well summer is almost upon us, and anyone hitting the beach will be want to look good, but are you unlikely to give up your nights out? We’re definitely not, and we don’t expect you to either. So we’ve put together a list of cocktails to drink guilt free (well as guilt free as they come) if you’re trying to watch your intake and max your fun.


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The number one rule to try and watch is the sugar in cocktails. We bartenders love to give you the sweet and the sour to tantalize your taste buds, so cocktails like the strawberry daiquiri which has strawberries and sugar syrup in it can be costly (though we agree it tastes fantastic) If you can handle the sour taste and like things zesty, you can always ask your bartender to hold back (a bit) on the, but it’ll be sharp.


An alternative to try at home (though you’ll probably be hard pushed to find behind the bar) is sugar free sweetener, or a more promising alternative (though adds a different flavour) is maple syrup.


With that in mind, here’s our top 5 cocktails to enjoy.


Cosmopolitan – Made with Vodka, Cointreau, lime juice and cranberry, it’s a zesty cocktail with any sweetness coming from the Cointreau, and perfectly balanced.  Roughly 150 calories


Apple Breeze – Rum, Apricot Brandy, Apple Juice and Cranberry, it’s refreshing and fruity with a healthy spirited kick. Roughly 190 calories


Watermelon Cooler – Rum, Midori, Cranberry and Lime Juice, sweetness and zesty pours out of this cocktail, so very tasty. Roughly 200 calories.


Anis’tini – Vodka, black Sambuca, Pernod, star anise and chilled water.  This has a bit of an acquired taste, but this is a fabulous cocktail if you can get your taste buds around it. Roughly 180 calories


Apple and Elderflower Martini – Vodka, Elderflower liqueur, apple juice.  The perfect marriage of these two great flavours. Roughly 190 calories.


So with that in mind, drink up (of course in moderation) and enjoy the summer when it comes, and if you need any lessons in how to mix things up, just get in touch and we’ll book you in for a class


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