4 Steps to a Delicious, Guilt-Free Cocktail

Bethenny Frankel is the four-time bestselling author of Skinnydipping, A Place of Yes, Naturally Thin, and The Skinnygirl Dish. She is the creator of the Skinnygirl brand—which extends to cocktails, fitness, and health—and currently stars as the host of her own talk show, Bethenny. She has been named one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Celebrities by Forbes magazine and is regularly featured in both Health magazine and Glamour. She is a graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts. Bethenny lives in New York with her daughter, Bryn, and dog, Cookie.

BasilCocktail_400Here’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.

Skinnygirl Cocktails:  100 Fun & Flirty Guilt-Free Recipes

Skinnygirl Cocktails: 100 Fun & Flirty Guilt-Free Recipes

by Bethenny Frankel

  • Get Skinnygirl Cocktails:  100 Fun & Flirty Guilt-Free Recipes
  • Get Skinnygirl Cocktails:  100 Fun & Flirty Guilt-Free Recipes
  • Get Skinnygirl Cocktails:  100 Fun & Flirty Guilt-Free Recipes
  • Get Skinnygirl Cocktails:  100 Fun & Flirty Guilt-Free Recipes
  • Get Skinnygirl Cocktails:  100 Fun & Flirty Guilt-Free Recipes

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!

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