The rise of the skinny girl cocktail over the past year or two has been fueled by a couple of things. Number one - booze and cocktails in general have a LOT of calories a lot of the time and number two - Bethany Frankel from The Real Housewives of New York gave girls nationwide hope for a good drink by talking about her "skinny girl margarita" incessantly on her show. She's rail thin and obsessed with low cal drinks.
So, when my friend Sherri handed me a magazine tear out with a whole host of "skinny girl" type cocktails, I felt it was my duty to make a few and test them for the masses. 6 beautiful cocktails are featured and none has more than 155 calories per drink. Quite a bit less than the 1000 calorie margaritas we all succumb to from time to time.
These drinks required me to do a little shopping at my favorite liquor store, Spec's.
The first I wanted to try was something the magazine attributes to Anne Hathaway - cutie that she is- and is called a SkinnyGirl Frangelini. Now, I've never been the type to keep Frangelico on hand, so it was one of my many booze purchases this month. I'm SO glad that I did!!! Several drinks over the coming days will include it and so far not one has been a disappointment. I may have just discovered myself as a fan of this great hazelnut liqueur.
155 calories / drink
1/2 ounce Frangelico
2 ounces Vanilla Vodka
1 1/2 ounces club soda
Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker full of ice, then strain into a martini glass.
YUMMMMMMMM.....this one will be a great fall drink. I can just picture myself humming "Chesnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at my nose...." with this drink in one hand and Christmas ornaments in the other. Cheers!