Holiday "Mocktails" & Low Cal Cocktails

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Parties, events and gatherings are a great way to spend time with friends, family members and coworkers. The holidays seem to present a large number invites to parties. If you're watching your weight, wanting to stick to your healthy regimen or simply don't want to drink alcohol, there are creative drinks are festive yet don't contain a ton of calories to enjoy. Both the non-alcoholic and alcoholic versions to enjoy are listed for each drink.

Cranberry Rosemary Martini 
Ingredients: 4 ounces sparkling water, 1 ounce cranberry juice, 1 sprig rosemary
Directions: Shake the sparkling water and cranberry juice with ice to chill. Pour mixture into martini glass and add the sprig of rosemary. Let the rosemary sit in the drink to slightly infuse with rosemary flavors. Leave the rosemary in as garnish. Calories: 15
Turn It Into A Cocktail: 2.5 ounces of sparkling water, 1 ounce cranberry juice, 1.5 ounces vodka, 1 sprig rosemary - Calories 115

Cinnamon Eggnog Martini 
Ingredients: 4 ounces eggnog, 1 ounce 1% milk, dash or two of cinnamon
Directions: Shake the eggnog and milk in a shaker with ice until chilled. Pour mixture into martini glass. Add your dash or two of cinnamon on top and swirl with spoon. Calories: 125
Addition: Coat the rim of the glass with brown sugar or coconut sugar as an extra garnish.
Turn It Into A Cocktail: 2.5 ounces eggnog, 1 ounce 1% milk, 1.5 ounces spiced rum, dash or two of cinnamon - Calories 225

Coconut Cranberry Thyme On The Rocks 
Ingredients: 4 ounces coconut water, 1 ounce cranberry juice, 1 sprig thyme
Directions: In a rocks glass, add enough ice to fill glass. Pour coconut water and cranberry juice over ice and stir to chill. Add sprig of thyme to drink and let sit in the mixture to slightly infuse the drink with the thyme. Leave the thyme sprig in as a garnish. Calories 45
Turn It Into A Cocktail: 2.5 ounces coconut water, 1 ounce cranberry juice, 1.5 ounces vodka, 1 sprig thyme - Calories 145

Vanilla Spritzer 
Ingredients: 4 ounces sparkling water, 1 ounce cream soda, dash of vanilla extract, dash stevia
Directions: In a wine glass, add ice to fill to the top of the glass. Pour sparkling water, cream soda, dash of vanilla extract and a dash of stevia. Gently mix all together and enjoy. Calories 20
Turn It Into A Cocktail: 2.5 ounces sparkling water, 1 ounce cream soda, dash of vanilla extract, dash stevia, 1.5 ounces vodka - Calories 120

Orange Cranberry Martini 
Ingredients: 4 ounces water mixed with 1 scoop orange replenish, 1 ounce cranberry juice, 1 scoop orange replenish dry and 3-4 cranberries
Directions: In a shaker, mix the orange replenish and water mix and the cranberry juice with ice until chilled. Pour the dry replenish mix onto a plate. Wet the rim of the martini glass and coat the rim with the dry orange replenish. Pour the drink mix into the martini glass and drop a few cranberries in the glass as a garnish. Calories 45
Turn It Into A Cocktail: 2.5 ounces water, 2 scoops orange replenish (separated - 1 is for the drink mixture, 1 is for the rim), 1 ounce cranberry juice, 3-4 cranberries, 1.5 ounces vodka - 140

Pear Thyme Bubble On The Rocks 
Ingredients: 4 ounces sparkling water, 1 ounce pear juice, 1 sprig thyme
Directions: In a rocks glass, pour the sparkling water and pear juice over ice. Stir so the liquids are mixed completely. Garnish with a sprig of thyme. Calories 20
Turn It Into A Cocktail: 2/5 ounces sparkling water, 1 ounce pear juice, 1.5 ounces vodka, 1 sprig thyme - Calories - 120

Orange Lemon Spritzer 
Ingredients: 4 ounces sparkling water mixed with 1 scoop orange replenish, 1 ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice, 2 lemon wedges
Directions: In a wine glass, add ice to fill to the top. Pour the sparkling water mixed with orange replenish and fresh lemon juice into glass. Mix together completely. Rub the juice of one lemon wedge over rim of wine glass. Garnish the glass with the remaining lemon wedge on the rim of the glass or dropped into the drink. Calories 25
Turn It Into A Cocktail: 2.5 ounces sparkling water mixed with 1 scoop orange replenish, 1 ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice, 2 lemon wedges - Calories 125

Margot Rutigliano is a freelance writer as well as the owner of Vita Vie Retreat. She has been a fitness trainer, wellness coach and healthy living adviser since 1999. Vita Vie Retreat is a fitness retreat offering healthy lifestyle transformation programs for men and women of all ages and fitness levels. For more information or to contact Ms. Rutigliano, please visit http://www.bvretreat.com.

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