Now that the rush of the holiday season has passed, we settle into the New Year and review the resolutions we’ve made for the months ahead.
If you’re like us, there’s a good chance you’ve made the most of repeating holiday snacks and treats between delicious meals with your favorite people, not to mention a lot of lounge comfortably while catching up on current shows.
As we strive to meet our fitness and creative meal planning goals for this year, we’re looking at drinks that are low in calories and maximize taste at the same time. To show you some of the options we found, we’ve teamed up with BLIQUE.
Whether you’re a wine connoisseur, craft beer lover, or someone who prefers a refreshment (pre-made or from scratch), there is something low in calories to match your preferences.
For those who appreciate a balanced sauvignon blanc, this palate-friendly wine is a great option. Full of guava, citrus and passion fruit flavors, it is enhanced with crisp acidity that makes it an ideal pairing with fresh seafood and vegetable dishes. It is also lighter with 90 calories per drink and 7% blood alcohol.
Looking for a Pinot Noir that has zero grams of sugar per serving and pairs well with everything from cold cuts to grilled salmon and roasted root vegetables? This sweet, medium-bodied option is worth a try, with hints of spice and hints of berries and black cherries in every sip. It contains 13% ABV and is packed with flavor.
Bursting with vibrant flavors of melon, lemon, and peach, complemented by undertones of vanilla and cream, this low-calorie Chardonnay is also lighter in alcohol, at 9.7% blood alcohol. Its silky smoothness, full body, and refreshing, clean finish make this option a wonderful pairing with roast chicken, mushroom risotto or cobb salad.
If you’re a fan of light vodka-based drinks rather than heavier spirits mixers, Ketel One Botanical could be a good addition to your bar cart. Distilled with plants and infused with natural fruit essences, it is carbohydrate-free, 30% alcohol-free, and free of sugar, artificial flavors, and artificial sweeteners. Each serving contains 73 calories and you can pair it with sparkling water.
Can you imagine Baileys without its smoothness? We didn’t think so. This lighter option allows you to enjoy Baileys with 40% less sugar and 40% less calories. You can still expect Irish Cream and rich vanilla flavors in an indulgent, creamy, and guilt-free version of this classic drink.
If you’re new to pisco, it’s a Chilean national spirit made from aromatic muscat grapes – it’s quite similar to vodka and tequila. This option is a light take on the classic pisco sour cocktail, and to prepare it, just let it cool, pour it in, and taste the flavors with every sip. Unlike other cocktails, it is not too sweet and contains 12% alcohol in alcohol.
Not in wine or spirits? There are many options for low calorie refreshments, like this pack of The strait and the narrow. Each drink is handcrafted by Victoria Distillers and includes a gin distilled with unique local plants. Flavors include lemon lavender, pear rhubarb, Peach elderflower and grapefruit rosemary – each gluten free, contains only 110 calories and four grams of sugar.
Anyone who hasn’t tried White Claw yet can taste the best flavors of hard seltzer in this strain pack. Comprising 12 total cans of raspberry, watermelon, lemon and tangerine, with just 100 calories and one gram of carbs per can, the pack offers plenty of refreshing choices. White Claw is made with only seltzer water, a gluten-free alcohol base, and a hint of natural fruit flavor, which makes it incredibly light.
Have you ever tasted Remix Vodka Soda? This refreshing drink from the Red Truck Beer Company of Vancouver is available in delicious flavors including Guava Lime, Blackberry Hibiscus, Peach Nectarine and Wild Cherry Citrus. In terms of lightness, each can contains less than a gram of sugar and only 100 calories.
Whether you’re a craft beer lover or want to try something new, British Columbia’s first low-calorie, low-carb craft beer, PrimeTime, is a solid option. Brewed locally on the North Shore, this 5% ABV infusion contains only 110 calories and 1.5 grams of carbohydrates per can. It’s a light-bodied lager with a pleasant hop flavor.
Another light craft beer to have on your radar is Clear 2.0 from Sleeman Breweries. This lager has notes of citrus, sweet malt and delicate hops that carry over to a crisp, crisp finish. Notice the sweet citrus aromas of this 4% ABV beer which has just 80 calories and two grams of carbohydrate per can.
The last low calorie drink on our list has to be light American lager. Michelob Ultra, brewed with Munich two-row malts and selected European hops for an undeniably crunchy and refreshing taste. Boasting light citrus and malt aromas, it contains only 2.6 grams of carbohydrate and 90 calories per box.
To find the above-mentioned low-calorie products and more, check out bcliquorstores.com. You can also visit your nearest BCLIQUOR store for expert advice from friendly staff and pick up the winter number of GOT Magazine for food and drink inspiration.
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As always, remember to drink responsibly.