Whether or not you are looking to slim down to a new you for the upcoming New Year, local bars and lounges are making it easier than ever for health-conscious customers to enjoy healthier ingredients and low calorie options in their drinks. Here are some creative cocktail options that you can indulge in, guilt-free.
Skinny Strawberry Lemonade – this skinny yet spiked specialty cocktail can be found at North Park’s Air Conditioned Lounge, and perfectly combines fresh strawberries and Van Gogh Blue Vodka with Crystal Light Lemonade, which adds the tangy flavor of homemade lemonade without the calories.
Skinny Margarita – don’t let dietary concerns ruin your day at the beach. Pacific Beach’s Duck Dive offers a low-cal compromise to a classic cocktail, blending or shaking a combination of Olmeca Los Altos Plata tequila, fresh lemon and lime juices, and agave nectar. The nectar in this skinny drink is a natural alternative to sugar, while the citrus is an excellent source of anti-inflammatory flavonoids that fight against heart disease.
Antioxidant Mimosa – a specialty drink unique to any of the three Fig Tree Café locations, this champagne cocktail is available all day and comes in three variations: açaí, goji and mangosteen. Each flavor is rich in antioxidants, which fight free radicals that injure cells and damage DNA.
Spiced Apple Cider-tini – this craft cocktail offers both health benefits and a way to celebrate the season. North County’s Union Kitchen and Tap perfectly pairs Ketel One Vodka and naturally sweet St. Germain with apple juice, agave nectar, lemon juice, and freshly ground cinnamon with a cinnamon stick garnish. Beneficial properties of this spice include anti-blood-clotting actions and anti-microbial activity, as well as blood sugar control.
Chichaito – ViVa Bar + Kitchen is renowned for its bold flavors, including its cocktail list. This Puerto Rican-inspired import is made of Cachaca, anise, honey and lemon: anise lends a taste of licorice as well as a load of antioxidants, while honey possesses antiseptic and antibacterial properties.
Vitamin C – this Sandbar Sports Bar and Grill specialty is aptly named Vitamin C for the essential nutrient has long been known to boost immune systems, but also contains antioxidants that fight cell damage. All this, with a tropical twist, is delivered in a blend of Smirnoff blueberry and passion fruit vodka and peach schnapps with pineapple, orange and cranberry juices.