Since my age was in double digits I have been counting calories, carbs, points, metrics, or whatever the diet de jour happened to be. Coming from a long line of fat people, along with a less than perky metabolism, has led me down the road of consistently watching my waistline. I long ago made the decision to only drink calories if they included alcohol, so no sugary mixers for this girl! After my 10,000th vodka soda, I was left wanting more. Read on and I will impart all the chubby girl wisdom I posses to you.
All classic spirits are 64 calories per ounce. We are talking whiskey, gin, rum or vodka. No cordials or extra flavors. Higher end flavored vodkas are fine like Absolut, Stoli or Ketel One Botanicals to name a few. But nearly all other flavors of vodka and rum are sugar bombs, adding significantly to your calorie count. Another sneaky source of unwanted calories is tonic water. But thankfully we carry diet tonic water from Schweppes and Naturally Lite Tonic from Fever Tree to side step that potential pitfall. Some may argue that clear spirits are “cleaner” but the calories are the same regardless of choice, so I recommend drinking what is the most delicious to you.
Mixers can be the enemy to any calorie counter, but there are plenty of products now to battle the bulge. I am a huge mule fan, and love Cock and Bull or Bundaberg Diet Ginger Beer for a nearly guilt free indulgence. Diet soda or soda water is always a good choice as well. Baja Bob’s makes a full line of sugar free mixers that are darn tasty! I have searched in vain for a mixer made with a more natural sweetener like stevia that is worth drinking, but have struck out so far, despite my best efforts, but will continue my search.
Finally, I suggest embracing drinking your booze strait. A fine scotch like Oban or a whiskey such as Bib and Tucker are simply delicious all on their own without the need for mixer. Clase Azul Reposado tequila is likewise an amazing sipper. No chance of pesky extra calories sneaking in if you don’t mess with a mixer!
I strongly believe that any diet should include the occasional indulgence or celebration, so why not be smart about your choices?
Central Oregon is an amazing place. So many outdoor activities in every direction for the novice to the professional. Here at Trailhead Liquor, we make sure you can find everything you need to be ready for trail, river, camping, or just relaxing poolside. Check out a few selections of the many awesome things we have…
A Hydro Flask that fits an entire bottle of wine? Keep your Stellar Organics White or other favorite white chilled to perfection all day long!
We have an excellent collection of flasks, perfect for sharing the liquor of your choice with your adventure buddies.
Portable Flasks and Fifths
Flasks and fifths in lightweight, unbreakable plastic, for hitting the trails or campgrounds.
White Claw or Spiked Seltzer, cold and ready for those calorie conscious athletes.
These potent little beauties are in unbreakable plastic!
How cool are these? Canned, resealable Sterling Wine.
Tasty, pre-made cocktails, ice cold and ready for consumption.
How about representing with a Trailhead Liquor hat to keep the sun from your eyes?
We have a large selection of local canned “trail beers,” ’nuff said.
Cups to Go
Silipints or enamel cups are perfect unbreakable vessels for adult beverages camping or poolside.
There are many variations of Piña Colada recipes and it can be overwhelming to decide which one to try. With this recipe, we’ve gotten down to basics. Get a taste of the islands any time with this sweet, delicious piña colada recipe!
This classic cocktail hails from New Orleans. Spicy Peychaud’s Bitters and the black licorice flavor of Absinthe mesh beautifully with rye whiskey for a taste that will thrill newcomers and satisfy veteran whiskey drinkers alike.
1 cube sugar
1½oz Rittenhouse Rye Whisky
3 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
Pack an Old-Fashioned glass with ice.
In a second Old-Fashioned glass, place the sugar cube and add the Peychaud’s Bitters. Then crush the sugar cube.
Add the Rittenhouse Rye Whisky to the second glass containing the Peychaud’s Bitters and sugar.
Empty the ice from the first glass and coat the glass with the Absinthe, then discard the remaining Absinthe.
Empty the whiskey/bitters/sugar mixture from the second glass into the first glass and garnish with lemon peel.