Mulled wine, eggnog, slow-gin, ale, mulled cider- just a few reasons why so many of us become raging alcoholics at the end of December.
The festive season is rife with temptation when it comes to alcoholic beverages. Christmas day is essentially the only time it's socially acceptable to start drinking at breakfast and not stop until the after dinner mints on Boxing Day. And let's face it- when else are we going to sit down to a mug of eggnog?
Christmas is a time of indulgence, not guilt. Guilt is for New Year's Day when we can finally sit down and make those lists of resolutions we never stick to. 'Lose at least 3 stone, join a yoga class, never drink alcohol ever again...' etc.
We all know that alcohol is incredibly calorific and detrimental to health when consumed excessively- but what if someone came up with a way to enjoy Christmas and all of its decadence... without so much of the guilt?
Yahoo news has done just this, with an appealing list of 6 diet-friendly cocktails for us to sip smugly this Christmas.
It starts with 'Skinny Pirate'- there's nothing more winter-warming than Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, so mix 1 shot with 5 ounces of Diet Cola, add ice and a slice of fresh lime for the extra zing and you've got a delicious 80 calorie winter cocktail.
With Gran around, the gin and tonics will be flowing. You can make yourself a low-calorie version by avoiding fattening tonic water for normal tap water instead. Gin is only 64 calories an ounce and you're generally pretty safe with water.
Vodka is a great alternative to gin- with the same amount of calories. Choose a diet or sugar free mixer for extra flavour.
You'll be relieved to hear that champagne is diet-friendly- it's rumoured to be Kate Moss's favourite drink. Unfortunately you may need to be a famous super model to afford it on a regular basis but for the festive season bubbly a must-have, at 78 calories a glass. Mix with diet lemonade for a sweet cocktail (and to make it last longer!).
Guinness is as far removed from cocktail territory as you can get, but it's a great option for staving off the beer-belly. It's only 150 calories per pint making it the least fattening beer out there!
Unfortunately, with copious amounts of alcohol comes a whole load of associated health problems. Men should try not to drink more than 3-4 units a day (equivalent to 1 and 1/2 pints of beer), and women should try not to drink more than 2-3 units a day (equivalent to a 250ml glass of wine).
Enjoy yourself this festive season with healthier alternatives to your favourite treats.
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