Before diving into a series of manageable recipes, SkinnyTinis provides a good introduction into the art of mixology. With charts to show and explain the calorie-per-ounce content of common drinks and mixers, it gives good base knowledge to explain why many of our favorite drinks have so many calories in them.
Featuring a blend of original recipes and remakes of famous drinks, each one comes in at about 140 calories. When you figure the average cocktail in a bar has more than 300 calories in it, this is a steal. The amount of calories becomes more comparable to a glass of wine or a 12-ounce craft beer.
In my experience, lighter beers range closer to the 100-calorie mark, but you also miss out on a lot of the flavor of these other drinks. And that is OK sometimes, but it is great to have other options if you're into a more flavorful variety of drinks. I am a big fan of vodka, but until I saw this book, I would typically default to a vodka soda (with a twist of lime) any time I go to the bar for cocktails to save on the calories.
Howes also provides a short list of items that are always good to have on hand should the desire to make a drink arise. Though some of the recipes may call for other specialty items, you are in pretty good shape if you keep this manageable list in stock.
All of the recipes feature a few items in it, meaning three to five for the most part. That is a nice change of pace, when you consider that a lot of favorite bar drinks are more complicated than that. Paired with lovely photos, this portion of the book is asthetically pleasing and easy to follow with skinny tidbits provided along the way.
Unfortunately, I did not have the opportunity to make all of the recipes provided in this book, but I look forward to working them into my routine. The drinks I am most eager to make are:
- Candy Apple Martini - Not only does it sound delicious, but I'm sure it'll quench that craving I get every fall to consume only apple- or pumpkin-flavored products.
- Cabo Sunset - A vodka-based tropical drink. I am a vodka girl, and most tropical drinks seem to have rum, so this recipe was music to my belly.
- The Gingersnap - As a fan of Moscow Mules, I am super eager to give this one a shot, because it looks easier to make and apparently tastes like a gingersnap cookie.
- Pink Panther - It's always good to have a pink cocktail on your list of recipes to indulge in. They're perfect for holidays like Valentine's Day or girly nights out.
- Skinny Chocolate Martini - This puppy has 148 calories compared to your usual 453. And it is chocolate.
Rating: 4.5 of 5
Check back tomorrow for my interview with Teresa Marie Howes, creator of SkinnyTinis.
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