Happy Holidays everyone! This will be my last post until after the first of the year – will be off celebrating my 60th…I wish you all the very best times with family and friends and I thank you for reading my blog. More to come in 2018!
If you are anything like me, one of the hardest places to cut calories is with alcoholic beverages. I really enjoy a glass of wine, a martini, a cocktail, champagne, you name it. Whether at home at the end of a long day or out at a bar with Peter, it’s yummy, it’s relaxing, it’s social. But damn, you know it never ends with one drink. And that’s where those calories add up. What’s a gal to do? One obvious solution is to stay away from sugary drinks – margaritas, pina coladas, mojitos, vodka tonics, mudslides – no thank you!
If you choose wine, sip slowwwwly. I find that because of the bubbles I can sip champagne even more slowly, and the serving size is usually smaller, so less calories. But when you want – or need – more of a ‘buzz’ that may not do. 😉 Time to go for the hard stuff, like vodka or gin, which is not so bad calorie wise if you are careful with your mixers. A dirty martini is a good choice, or a Gibson, which is lately my drink of choice. (This is a martini garnished with a cocktail onion instead of an olive.)
Four ingredients: vodka, pepperocini, cocktail olives, and cocktail onions. Pour desired amount of vodka into a shaker with lots of ice. Add a splash of onion juice, a splash of pepperocini juice, and a tiny splash of olive juice. Shake well then strain into a chilled martini glass…
Garnish with one of each condiment, ideally on a decorative toothpick. Voila! So sexy! So retro! So gooood. (It needs a name – any ideas?)
Using the proper glassware for your drink makes a huge difference in the whole cocktail experience. These vintage glasses belonged to my grandmother (Ginger’s mother) who was known to be a perfect hostess with a vast collection of glassware, linens, and serving pieces. This shape is also a fun for champagne.
Now the big question: have you ever tried to do a ‘dry January’? My two grown kids and I are committing to it! For me it is partly for the challenge, partly to drop a few pounds. Anybody else want to join us? C’mon, we can support each other and share experiences!