The Cocktail Hour

12 Aug 2015

Hey, Party season is here!!!

With all the lip-smacking delicacies & mouth - watering gourmets spread out during this party season, no party meal is complete without accompanying the booze. Hence, here comes the drink guide to walk you through the cocktail hour.

But, it's important to make your indulgence pleasurable and a healthy one as well.

So, here comes the party season guide with a few quick tips for you before you raise a toast:


Eat before you drink

An order for a veggie platter, salad or hummus with salad sticks is useful before a drink as sipping cocktails on an

an empty stomach may severely lower blood sugar levels.


Start with the seltzer

A glass of carbonated water, non - sweetened & sodium free, zero-calorie sparkling water(seltzer), before your

a cocktail drink will help limit your booze intake.


Keep in pace with water

Drinking plain water or sparkling water in between your drinks will keep you well hydrated and prevent you from

going overboard on the booze.


Let the (store-bought) juice loose

Use freshly squeezed fruit juices for cocktails whenever possible to avoid added sugars, colours and preservatives found in many store-bought juice varieties. This will also retain the necessary antioxidants present

in the fruits.


Have the right mix

Often, the sugar found in cocktails comes from the juice, but not all varieties are created equal. Per 30 ml grapefruit, orange, cranberry and pineapple juice contain 11, 15, 16 and 17 calories respectively. Doesn't sound much but considering the average screwdriver (cocktail drink), it contains six ounces of OJ (90 calories), choosing grapefruit juice saves 24 calories per cocktail. Grapefruit also boasts 4.8 grams fewer carbohydrates and no


Do not forget the ice cubes

Adding ice cubes dilutes the drink and results in lower calorie intake due to the less concentrated cocktail.

Go for the garnish

By naturally adding flavor & sweetness through fruits & herbs like mint, parsley, thyme you can skip artificially

flavored alcohols and mixers. Plus, the fibre in the fruit may help you resist an extra order of french fries.


Give your booze an antioxidant boost

Use ingredients like antioxidant-packed green tea, mint or oolong tea as a smart mixer. Low-sodium tomato juice

is full of cancer-fighting lycopene and fresh lemon juice which abets digestion.


Make a clear choice

Choose clear liquids like vodka over dark liquids like whiskey as beverages as they contain the highest amount of congeners, naturally-occurring compounds that are a result of distillation and fermentation. These chemicals are

more in dark alcohols and result in more severe hangovers.


Heal the hangover

Foods which will help you bounce back to your routine after a late-night hangover are a green tea (antioxidants), bananas, coconut water, tomato juice, soups.