Cruising often means relaxing with a delicious cocktail in hand by the pool, the bar, the beach. It's part of why we love vacationing. But if you're watching your calorie intake, some cocktails can throw off your daily totals. A chocolate martini, for instance, has more calories than a fast-food grilled chicken sandwich. And one glass of eggnog has more calories than a chocolate chip cookie.
To cut your liquid calorie consumption, first, decide what type of drink you enjoy the most, then you can figure out the proper tweaks. If warm, spiked coffee drinks are your favorites, try the hot beverage with vanilla vodka and foamed milk rather than a creamy liqueur. If you prefer sweet, flavored drinks, then asking the bartender to use a little less syrup can cut the calories in your glass by half — or more. Try to avoid sugary, flavored mixers at all costs, though, since your calorie intake will shoot up exponentially. Ask for natural juices or fruits to be added instead. If you're a fan of strong, clear spirits, a spritz of tonic plus a lime or a cherry will give your drink a flavor kick without the sugar rush. Purchase a drink package before your cruise and enjoy unlimited drinks and drink options all cruise long.
Also, consider having a bite to eat before drinking. Eating a nice dinner will slow down absorption of alcohol, and make you less likely to crave calories in liquid form.
Ready for a delicious drink? Here are the five best vacation cocktails to enjoy on your cruise or at any destination. Sip in moderation, guilt-free. (*Calorie counts are approximate.)
It is said that the first sparkling champagne was invented in the 17th century, by accident. The fermentation that took place was caused by the climate in the Champagne area of France, where winemakers were trying to create wines to compete with Burgundy. When they realized the cold climate would not allow them to create regular wine, they figured out a way to create stronger bottles and sell the sparkling Champagne instead. The King of France loved it, as did the Duke of Orleans. Champagne had arrived. Today, it is the favorite cocktail to use for special occasions, seen as an elegant option with a sublime taste. It is also great for those looking to lower their calorie intake with just 90 calories per glass.
Relaxing and trying new things don't have to wait for your next planned vacation. Try one of these concoctions on a three-day cruise to the Bahamas to make the most of your next long weekend.