3 Spicy skinny cocktails

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If you resolved to get skinny this New Year, it can be hard to find the perfect cocktail recipe for a night with the girls. These kicked-up versions have just a hint of spice to keep you from missing those diet-crushing add-ins that add up fast.

There are plenty of diet liquors on the market, but there are also some regular liquors that have fewer calories than others. So when you're having a drink, you should opt for one of these. The info you need is just Google search away on your smart phone. You’re looking for liquors that have less than 100 calories per shot (preferably, closer to 50). You can start by trying one of these spicy recipes.

The devil wears skinny jeans cocktail recipe

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 ounces Skinnygirl Cucumber Vodka
  • 2 slices cucumber (skin optional)
  • Juice of 1/4 lime
  • 1/4 teaspoon plus 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon no-sodium salt alternative
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons skinny simple syrup (recipe below)
  • Ice
  • Water or sparkling water (optional)

Directions:

  1. Rub one cucumber around the outer rim of an old-fashioned glass to dampen. Combine 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper and 1/4 teaspoon of the no-salt alternative and pour onto a plate in a circular shape roughly the same size as the rim of the old-fashioned glass. Twist the rim of the old-fashioned glass in the cayenne mixture to rim. Set aside.
  2. Pour the vodka into a cocktail shaker, then drop in one slice of cucumber (a pinch of no-sodium salt will aid in the muddling process, but isn't required).
  3. Muddle (crush and juice) the cucumber with a bar pestle or the handle of a thick-handled wooden spoon to extract all the juice. (If you don't have a bar pestle, dicing the cucumber may help, depending on your spoon.)
  4. Squeeze in the lime and add a pinch of cayenne pepper and the skinny simple syrup and shake.
  5. Pour into the rimmed old-fashioned glass. If desired, top with water or sparkling water. Garnish with the other slice of cucumber.

Skinny simple syrup recipe

Yields about 1/8 cup

Ingredients:

  • 1/8 cup water, boiling
  • 1/8 cup sucralose sweetener (e.g., Splenda)

Directions:

  1. Dissolve the sweetener in the boiling water and cool. Strain through a coffee filter to remove undissolved particles and store in an airtight jar in the refrigerator.

Skinny Bloody Mary recipe

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce shochu or Voli Light Vodka
  • 3 ounces reduced-sodium tomato juice or vegetable juice
  • 3 - 5 dashes hot pepper sauce (red, green or a combination)
  • 1 dash reduced-sodium Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 fresh lemon wedges (about 1/8 slice from a 2-inch lemon)
  • 1/4 teaspoon plus 1 pinch no-sodium salt alternative
  • 1/4 teaspoon plus 1 pinch black pepper (or more to taste)
  • Celery stalk (to garnish)
  • Ice (optional)

Directions:

  1. On a small plate, sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon of no-sodium salt alternative and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper in a circular shape about the same size as the rim of your high-ball glass (for icy drinks) or old-fashioned glass (for iceless drinks).
  2. Lightly rub one lemon wedge around the edge of the glass to wet it, then turn the glass upside down on the plate and rotate it back and forth to rim the edge with the salt and pepper.
  3. Fill the (high-ball) glass with ice if desired.
  4. In a cocktail shaker, mix together the liquor, tomato or vegetable juice, hot pepper sauce, Worcestershire sauce, the juice squeezed from each of the lemon wedges (discard the wedges), a pinch of salt and a pinch of pepper.
  5. Pour the shaken drink into the old-fashioned glass or ice-filled high-ball glass.
  6. Insert the celery stalk for garnish.

Pepper-foam pomegranate-ini recipe

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 ounces Crystal Light Cherry Pomegranate, prepared
  • 1/8 cup AllWhites egg white substitute*
  • 1 ounce Skinnygirl or Voli vodka, regular flavor
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • Black pepper, freshly ground
  • Ice

Directions:

  1. In a cocktail shaker over ice, combine the Crystal Light, egg white substitute, vodka and lemon juice and shake vigorously.
  2. Strain into a chilled martini glass and grind black pepper on top of the foam created by the egg white substitute.

*The AllWhites website notes that raw AllWhites can be used in recipes that aren't later cooked (like salad dressings). These claims have not been scientifically evaluated by FabFoods, its parent or partner companies or the recipe writer. Please be advised that this claim is not made by all egg white substitute products.

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Heather Barnett is a freelance writer and foodie whose work has been featured in blogs, websites, magazines, and TV and radio ads. She spends her free time relaxing with her soulmate, Keith; her dog, Mosby "The Fly Slayer;" and Felix the Fish. You can follow her on Twitter @HireHeather.

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