Jennifer IserlohMy neighbor Susan recently gave me this charming book about old fashioned cocktails. The author stresses throughout the book that the base of a delicious mixed drink comes from premium spirits and fresh juices -- no bottled mixes. He's got some real concoctions in there from what he considers a "gentler" time when specialty cocktails and sophisticated entertaining reigned supreme.
I really like the idea of a homemade drink, especially when it comes to entertaining. But I've never been able to handle those bar shots that people try to get you to down when you're out for a night on the town.
I've never liked the bottled mixes that most popular mixed drinks like margarita, daiquiris and piña coladas are made with, and some bartenders use these mixers even for sweet shots.
They also happen to be high in sugar, high fructose corn syrup and other artificial colors and additives that are hard to digest and can aggravate asthma and allergies.
So I've created these fresh tasting, lower calorie shots that skim off half the calories and are made with quality ingredients. They are made with simple ingredients that can be served spiked or alcohol free.
Get the Skinny Chef's recipes for these refreshing cocktails: