Raise Your Glass
...without raising the number on your scale.
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Whisler’s Colibrí Recipe:
1.5 oz El Silencio Espadin Mezcal
1 oz Fresh squeezed orange juice
.75 oz Golden beet syrup (1:1)
.25 oz Fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 barspoon Helbing Kümmel
Inspiration: One day after grabbing a bottle of Juiceland’s Golden Glow fresh juice from Cuvée Coffee before a shift, I was incredibly impressed how delicious it was. It then got me thinking how much better it’d be if it were turned into a cocktail. That’s what sparked my little experiment to come up with a well-balanced cocktail with a similar taste profile. The end result being the Colibrí!
Down the Hatch
Serving size: 1.5 oz.
Alcohol content: typically 40 percent (80 proof)
With no vitamins or minerals, hard liquor has no real nutritional value to be gained. Yet, served on their own, shots are the lowest caloric option when drinking alcohol. Just be sure you don’t overdo it, because shots are sure to leave you regretting them the next morning.
Pro tip: To avoid extra calories, drink your hard liquor with mixers such as seltzer or water and ice, with a spritz of lemon or lime. Avoid sugary sodas and juices.
Wasted Away Again
Serving size: 6 oz.
Alcohol content: 40 percent
The mixers necessary to create the perfect marg are filled with unnecessary sugars and calories that can quickly add up. Further, margarita mixers are often laden with sodium, even if you skip the salted rim. It’s best to avoid margaritas, especially in restaurants where they typically aren’t using fresh ingredients. If you simply can’t resist… limit yourself to just one.
Pro tip: Frozen margaritas tend to have more calories because of their high content of fruit juice. Go for a marg on the rocks when you need your Mexican beverage fix.
Why does alcohol make us gain weight?
When you drink, your body receives the alcohol as toxins and puts all effort into processing it—stopping the processing of the nutrients and what you ate for lunch, in the meantime. Your normal digestion is put on the back burner, meaning it’s likelier for your body to store excess fat. At the same time, drinking can leave us feeling hungrier. Studies support that drinking alcohol suppresses leptin, the hormone that functions for appetite suppression. Without our body telling us we’re full, we tend to eat and eat and eat, unaware just how much we overate. Further, drinking lowers inhibitions, making that slice of pizza look more enticing than ever.