wine dietAre you resolving to lose weight in 2016? Wondering if you can still enjoy your favorite alcoholic beverages while shaving the pounds? Yes, you can, using a few of these tips to guide you:

Alternate your cocktails with water. Have a glass of water after each cocktail to reduce your overall intake of alcohol and calories.

Mix cocktails with club soda instead of juice, pop or tonic water. Juice and soda have very high calories and sugar levels. Surprisingly, tonic water is similar to soda in its calories. Club soda and tonic are often used interchangeably, but only club soda has ZERO calories. Another option is to use the diet or light version of your favorite mixer. Rum and Coke is about 185 calories but Rum and Diet Coke is only about 100 calories. In general, lower sugar means lower calories.

Mind your glass size! We have some ginormous wine glasses at home. They are very pretty and elegant. However, if I poured the suggested 5 oz of wine into these glasses, it would still look empty! Downsize your glassware to ensure that you are using the correct serving size!

Infuse, Muddle, and Garnish! Infused beverages have the flavor of the fruit within the alcohol but none of the calories from added juices and sugars. Muddled fruit also adds major fresh flavor without sacrificing your waistline. And, I truly crave lemon and lime in cocktails with vodka and club soda…I ask the bartender to squeeze half the lime into the drink!

Finally, educate yourself and make choices. There are several websites that provide calorie information on alcoholic beverages. With data, you can decide whether to have chocolate cake for dessert or a chocolate martini, wine or gin, Michelob Ultra or Corona Light. Additionally, at restaurants, sometimes the very creative cocktails have lots of sugars and juices…ask about the ingredients in the drink before ordering.

halloween pic 1Instead of sneaking your kids’ candy, enjoy a Milky Way Martini!

Add vanilla vodka, white crème de cacao, Bailey’s Irish Cream in a shaker with ice. Drizzle chocolate syrup inside a chilled martini glass, then strain ingredients into glass. Serve!

I recently made another delish (and easy) martini with vanilla vodka, Fulton’s Pumpkin Liqueur and Rumchata plus a splash of Grand Marnier! It’s so smooth that it’s frightening!

Wine drinkers will love sipping our deliciously scary red wines while handing out treats to the tikes! Our selection includes Apothic Carnivor, Apothic Dark, Avalon Sinister Hand, Poizin Zinfandel and Velvet Devil Merlot!

Sip a little tequila from a frightening skull with Crystal Head and Kah Tequilas. Just don’t become a raging monster afterward!

Make a killer cocktail with Dead Guy Whiskey and apple cider. Dead Guy Whiskey has fresh orange citrus aromas and a delicately sweet, rich malt flavor coupled with oak, honey and vanilla.

I swear our beer section is chilling and slightly haunted but don’t let that stop you from picking up some Bridgeport Witchhunt Spiced Harvest Ale, Left Hand Wake Up Dead Imperial Stout, or Rogue Voodoo Donut Beer or Dead Guy Ale.