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.
Recently I have been enjoying a bottle of Nolet’s Silver Gin that was gifted to me. It’s made in Holland and features the unique ingredients of peach, Turkish Rose, and raspberries. With a bottle that just radiates class and quality, not to mention a lid that could hold a door open.
And it compels me to share this unpopular not so secret secret…
I like Gin.
Now, anyone that knows me, understands that I favor nearly all forms of alcohol. I believe that every genre can be good, and that my preference for a drink is always dependent on the moment.
But gin always ranks high on my list, and a few bottles of this botanical nectar always have spots in my collection. But I have found that is not the most popular thing in our store. Even the suggestion of gin can cause an outward expression of confusion, and criticism from some.
While everyone can and should drink their own beverage of choice, I have three reasons why you should try gin:
It was practically flavored vodka before flavored vodka. Making of gin dates back hundreds of years, well before rows of vodkas flavored with vanilla, citrus, coconut, and pear appeared. There to provide patrons with the floral smells and the fruity tastes they desired. Gin adds simple and natural yet elegant flavors to your cocktail or glass. Depending on what you are looking for, the variety of flavors in gin is endless. Gompers gin from Redmond, OR for me tastes like biting into a ripe, fresh pear, which blends extremely well with iced tea or tonic water/club soda. Big Gin from Seattle, WA tastes to me of vanilla and baking spices. They even have versions that were finished in peated whiskey barrels. If you like mixing vodka, you should really consider the gin aisle for a more natural flavor.
Whiskey lovers who seek depth and layers of flavors in their drinks should seek out gin. If you have ever taken a sip of whiskey and broke down the tasting notes using words like “nuttiness” or “burnt caramel,” then you owe it to yourself to dive into gin. Many good gins are layered with unique botanicals and fruity flavors that take multiple tastings to uncover. And if you want to keep it close to whiskey home, find the barrel aged gin from Big Gin or go for the Monkey 47, a German gin with a molasses distilled base that has 47 botanicals in it. Either way, gin provides a greater tasting challenge to whiskey lovers than most whiskeys.
It goes with anything. As a whiskey lover, I have a special place in my collection for ryes. But during the summer months when the temperature is high and the forest fire smoke invades Central Oregon, I find that my rye (and peated) whiskeys take to waiting in the back of the shelves. And that’s when I reach most frequently for the gin, it’s light, it’s crisp and it makes the best summer weather drinks.