Here’s the secret to getting the full flavor you crave without all the extra calories: the Skinnygirl Fixologist Formula. It’s quick and easy, and once you know it, you can create a Skinnygirl version of any cocktail you want. From Skinnygirl Cocktails:100 Fun & Flirty Guilt-Free Recipes.
Skinnygirl Fixologist Formula
1. Fill a rocks glass with ice. As the ice melts, the extra water will help keep you hydrated, and you’ll be able to sip the drink for longer—every little bit counts!
2. Add a shot of clear liquor. Measure with a shot glass or just pour while counting one . . . two. I always try to drink clear liquor because it’s cleaner and lighter than dark liquor. I swear by vodka and white tequila, since it’s so easy to make a vodka or tequila version of almost any drink. Gin also works, and so does light rum. All liquors that don’t have added sugar have the same amount of calories.
3. Fill the rocks glass almost the rest of the way up with club soda or seltzer. This is a good zero-calorie filler that doesn’t bring an overly strong flavor. Plus, it reduces the strength of the drink and helps keep you hydrated. Be careful, though, you don’t want to shake soda. So if you’re making a cocktail that gets mixed in a cocktail shaker, add the bubbles after you’ve shaken the rest of the drink and strained it into the glass.
4. Add just a splash of the sweet or fruity component that gives the drink its character. Typically this will be a sweet liqueur, sugary mixer, or fruit juice, but whatever it is go very light. You just want to give enough flavor to accent the drink. Instead of ordering a regular vodka cranberry, order a vodka and soda with just a splash of cranberry and add a lime to make it interesting. I always like to add fresh fruit as a garnish whenever possible.
And that’s it. It’s so simple. You’ll thank yourself when you wake up clear-eyed in the morning and can still button your jeans!