Skinny Drink Recipes: Christmas Edition

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What better way to bring in the season of parties and celebrations than with some recipes for delicious cocktails that won’t ruin your diet?  Yes, that’s right, we’re bringing you some deliciously festive skinny drink recipes that are sure to spread some holiday spirit!  Cheers!
 
Champagne:  Okay, so this isn’t exactly a cocktail, but a glass of champagne has only about 85 calories, about 15 calories less than a glass of wine the same size.  So get fancy and pour yourself a glass of bubbly!

  • Ingredients:
    • Champagne
  • Directions:
    • Serve chilled!

Healthy Makeover Eggnog:  A holiday classic, reinvented with only one-fourth the saturated fat and half the cholesterol of the original.  Don’t worry, it still has its decadent flavor and thick, rich texture.  You will never believe that it is only 105 calories per serving.

  • Ingredients:
    • 3 large eggs
    • 3 large egg whites
    • 5 ½ cups of low-fat milk
    • ½ cup of sugar
    • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
    • Salt
    • 2 tablespoons of vanilla
    • 1/3 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
    • 1/3 cup of dark Jamaican rum (optional)
  • Directions:
    • In bowl, with whisk, beat eggs and egg whites until blended; set aside.  In heavy 4-quart saucepan, with heat-safe spatula, mix 4 cups milk with sugar, cornstarch and ¼ teaspoon of salt.  Cook on medium-high until mixture boils and thickens slightly, stirring constantly.  Boil 1 minute.  Remove saucepan from heat.
    • Gradually whisk ½ cup simmering milk mixture into eggs; pour egg mixture back into milk in saucepan, whisking constantly, to make custard.
    • Pour custard into large bowl; stir in vanilla, nutmeg, rum and the remaining 1 ½ cups of milk.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or up to 2 days.  Sprinkle eggnog with nutmeg to serve.

Wine Spritzer:  This holiday cocktail is a colorful and delicious way to celebrate without undoing your entire diet.  With only about 50 calories per serving, it’s a guilt-free way to be merry!

  • Ingredients:
    • ½ cup white wine
    • ¼ cup pomegranate or cranberry juice
    • ¼ cup club soda or sparkling water
    • Lime wedge for garnishment
  • Directions:
    • Start with a splash of white wine and add a little bit of either pomegranate or cranberry juice, toss in a bit of sparkling water or club soda, and you’re ready to go!

Recipe and Photo Sources:
http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/low-calorie-holiday-recipes
http://www.delish.com/recipefinder/healthy-makeover-eggnog-ghk1207
http://www.glamour.com/health-fitness/2008/12/5-best-low-calorie-cocktails#slide=1
http://wildhorsecanyon.typepad.com/.a/6a00e553de8c1988340120a7459bcf970b-120wi


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Caitlin is currently a student at Boston College studying English and Pre-Law.  At BC, she is a member of the Boston College Irish Dance Club, on the Honors Program Student Executive Board's Community Service Committee, and interns and writes for the fashion and culture blog Rusted Revolution.  She has been wriring for Her Campus BC since Jaunary 2011 and is serving as BC's Campus Correspondent for the 2012-2013 school year.  Outside of school, she is a competitive Irish dancer, and has been dancing for 18 years. During her high school career, she completed an engineering project at Case Western Reserve University that made her one of 40 Intel Science Talent Search Finalists in 2009.   In addition to all of this, Caitlin loves reading, yoga, running, shopping, spending time with friends and family, and traveling.