Get the Skinny on Holiday Cocktail Makeovers

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It’s nearly impossible to go through the holiday season without at least one cocktail-filled party – especially here in New Orleans!  And while alcohol has plenty of noted health benefits, many of the season’s popular cocktails can be loaded with calories and sugar. 

Low-Carb Eggnog   

From Carolyn Ketchum’s

6 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
1/4 cup Swerve Sweetener

1/4 tsp salt
4 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 cup heavy cream, chilled
Whiskey, rum or brandy (or whatever liqueur you like)

Whisk eggs, yolks, Swerve, and salt together in a large saucepan. Slowly whisk in almond milk until well combined. Using a candy thermometer, cook mixture over low heat while stirring constantly, until it becomes thick enough to coat the back of a spoon and registers 180F, about 20 minutes.

Strain egg mixture into a large bowl and stir in vanilla and nutmeg. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and chill for at least three hours and up to 2 days.

Just before serving, whip cream into soft peaks and gently fold into the egg mixture. Add 1 oz liquor or liqueur to each glass and pour eggnog over. Stir gently and sprinkle with grated nutmeg.

Serves 8.

Nutrition Facts per Cocktail:

115 calories – 9 grams carb – 0.2 grams sugar

Compare to traditional egg nog + bourbon:  400 calories – 30 grams carb – 30 grams sugar


French 75

8 ounces gin

1/2 cup Swerve Simple Syrup (see below)

1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

16 to 24 ounces of Champagne

Lemon twists (for garnish)

Stir gin, Swerve Simple Syrup, and fresh lemon juice with ice in a medium pitcher for 10 seconds. Strain into Champagne flutes or coupe glasses.  Top with two to four ounces of chilled Champagne or sparkling white wine.  Garnish with lemon twists.  Serves 8.

Swerve Simple Syrup (makes ½ cup):         
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup Swerve Sweetener

Combine water and Swerve in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Let cool. (If using Swerve, you may find that it begins to crystallize as it cools, and you may need to rewarm it a bit to liquify when making the cocktail, but as you shake it with ice, this won’t make much of a difference).

Nutrition Facts per Cocktail:

140 calories – 0.3 grams sugar

Compare to traditional French 75:  250 calories – 12 grams sugar

Irish Coffee

1 ounce Irish whiskey
1 tbsp Swerve Sweetener

1 tbsp Bailey’s® Irish Cream Coffee Creamer
4 ounces hot coffee
dollop of whipped cream
Add coffee and Swerve to a warm coffee glass or mug and stir to melt the Swerve. Add the whiskey and stir gently, and top with a dollop of whipped cream before serving.   Serves 1.

Nutrition Facts per Cocktail:

120 calories – 1.5 grams saturated fat – 5 grams sugar

Compare to traditional Irish coffee:  320 calories – 14 grams saturated fat – 4 grams sugar