The Perfect Skinny Christmas Cocktail

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In L.A., there’s a cocktail party every night of the week… more like two during the holiday season.

From a friend’s ugly sweater party, to your office’s year-end bash, to Toys for Tots’ galas. And then of course, there’s always that obnoxious person who decides to throw a dog’s birthday party smack dab in the middle of this chaotic period.

While all the festivities are fun, they can obviously wreck havoc on your diet. Between cheesy, fried apps and sugar-laden sips, you’ll be well on your way to looking like Santa by New Years, eek! 

I kid. The average person only gains about a 1-2 pounds over the holidays.

Regardless, you don’t want to be overdosing on sugar. With 4 oz of apple cider and 1 T. honey, the average Spiked Hot Cider can has about 30 grams of sugar a serving!

While there area tons of easy ways to avoid this at friend’s parties — eat before you come, skip the artisinal bevies and opt for vodka sodas or a glass of wine — if you can have your festive Christmas cocktail and enjoy it too, why don’t you?!

So, if you’re throwing a Christmas bash this weekend and want to be remembered as the hostess who was naughty and nice, serve up The Perfect Skinny Christmas Cocktail.

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It’s made with raspberries for spirit, Prosecco (because you know how I like a good Spritz) and Voli Light Vodka to save you even more cals.

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While you can use any raspberry vodka you’d like in this recipe, I encourage you to try Voli Light’s Raspberry Cocoa flavor as it’s only 55 calories an ounce, less than any flavored vodka I’ve seen.

The Perfect Skinny Christmas Cocktail

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Ingredients:

3 oz. Prosecco

1 oz. Voli Light Raspberry Cocoa Vodka

2 T. Rasberries, muddled

Ice

Stevia (or another granulated sugar)

3-4 Raspberries (for garnish)

Directions:

1. Skewer 3-4 raspberries and stick them in the freezer (should be done a good 30 minutes to an hour prior).

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2. Wet the rim of your cocktail glass and dip it in the stevia or sugar to coat the rim.

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3. Muddle the remainder of the raspberries.

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4. Combine vodka, raspberries and ice in the glass.

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5. Top off with champagne.

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6. Garnish with your raspberry skewer.

Bottom’s up!

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Total Calories: about 110 per glass

You can get pretty candy cane cocktail straws like this at The Paper Source, or online for under $10.

Note: Take it easy on these babies as they are pure alcohol. Space them out with a glass of water to stay bubbly yourself, all night long!

For more fabulous, skinny cocktail recipes, check out:

Whit’s Spritz

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The Skinny Moscow Mule

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Mang-mosas (perhaps for New Year’s Day?!)

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*This post is linked to Recipe Friday on CandyFitStrange But Good on Sprint 2 the Table, and Show Off Fridays!

Weigh In: What are you sipping on this season? Do you usually go for the custom cocktail or do you stick to your usual? How do you avoid overindulging at holiday parties?

Comments

  1. I’m all about indulging during the holidays but I’m not down with drinking my calories. Give me real shortbread and skinny cocktails. I say we turn our real housewives workout into a drinking game, with these. Bods like Brandi if we stick to the skinny version right?
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  2. Oh goodness that looks so pretty and festive and even better that it’s low calorie! Love the raspberries in it, yum.
    The Vegan. 8 recently posted…Snickerdoodle Protein Bites & Epic Protein Powder Giveaway!My Profile

  3. You know the way to my heart is through bubbly. This and your skinny Moscow Mule are going into my arsenal of alcoholic goodness.
    And BTW – Mr. Chow’s birthday deserves it’s own holiday and should be celebrated as such. I would blow off all my other parties to attend a dogs birthday ;)
    Kristina @ Damn Ten Pounds recently posted…Friday Five – A real Christmas miracleMy Profile

  4. Beautiful lookin Beverage! Love the raspberry skewer idea.
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  5. This looks so delicious, and I’m loving the candy cane straws :) Definitely a good idea to make a skinny drink, since so many cookies will be consumed (not mad about it!)
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  6. This looks delicious! I recently used Prosecco in a Sangria recipe and loved it. I have to bookmark yours as it looks delicious. I love raspberry, too. Met you via IHeartHands-on Linky. Glad I found you.

  7. I love this idea! The idea of coca vodka sounds awesome, and the frozen berries are such a nice touch! I hate when my drink gets too warm.
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  8. Obnoxious? NO WAY! Mr. Chow’s BIRTHDAY IS A HOLIDAY – DUHH! What ground stevia did you use around the rim? I AM LOVING YOUR FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY!!!!! This is the new camera right? :)
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    • Whitney English says:

      I like your spirit Gig!

      I used Truvia on this but any granulated sugar would work.

      And YES…this is the new camera. So much better right?!

  9. This looks amazingggg…I love me some raspberries and prosecco so this drink is the key to my heart. Probably will make it for NYE!
    Alison @ The Fit Chronicles recently posted…guest post from Man Bicep: the holiday partner workoutMy Profile

  10. This looks delicious! I agree with Alison, this looks like the perfect NYE cocktail. Thanks Whit!

  11. Love Prosecco and even served it at my wedding. This drink not only looks gorgeous but sounds delicious! Yum!
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  12. I have gotten in to tee ha it of opting for wine, but this looks worth serving at the next party we throw! Question: how do you feel when you wake up after a night of 2-3 of these?
    Bethann recently posted…Black and GrayMy Profile

  13. Firstly, your pictures are amazing- love it!
    Secondly, you guys have the best alcoholic spirits available- Australia thinks they are so creative with their apple vodka. Yeah, step back.

    Have you heard of Soho before? Without a doubt the best liquor- you mix it with lemonade and it’s amazing!
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