Slender sipping 

Marco Chavez, co-owner of 1492
By: Shannon Cornman

Even if we have a few left, there are some refreshing cocktails to toast summer’s end while going light on calories.

The Melting Pot, 4 E. Sheridan, features a limited-edition “Skinny Sipping” menu through this month. The menu comprises six low-calorie cocktails made with Voli light vodkas and Bethenny Frankel’s Skinnygirl vodkas. Happily, they range from only 87 to 172 calories.

One of the most popular sellers, the Lemon Drop, is a cool combination with lemon vodka and a hint of cucumber basil. The Slim Berry contains vodka and a berries puree, while the Watermelon Wine Cooler is a blend of tangerine, white wine and watermelon. The Tangerine Cosmo is an updated version of the classic cocktail with a tangerine twist. The grown-up version of Cherry Limeade is a sweet reminder of childhood days.

Unfortunately, the rapid metabolism that many enjoyed in childhood is probably gone. It’s worth remembering when you consider that just one frozen margarita can pack up to 700 calories.

To help keep waistlines trim, Midtown’s 1492 New World Latin Cuisine, 1207 N. Walker, stirs up its own tweaked version of the margarita called the “Perfect Skinny.” It’s made with water, limes, tequila choices like Patrón and agave nectar, rather than the typical sweet and sour mix. The result is a unique margarita with authentic flavors. Priced at $7, you can easily imbibe this limey refresher.

Head to Michael Murphy’s Dueling Pianos, 25 S. Oklahoma, for a pour of innovative light beverages and entertainment. The Skinny Acai Lemonade features VeeV Acai Spirit, club soda, and sweet and sour.

Glamor and invention unite for the Skinny Acai Cosmo. It is also prepared with the acai spirit in addition to the usual ingredients of triple sec and cranberry juice, plus a squeeze of fresh lime. At 125 calories, this is a nice take on tradition.

“What makes our skinny drinks special is the use of the VeeV spirit, which is acai berry-based, distilled with a unique, exotic flavor,” said John Bartholomew, owner. “The acai is a Brazilian fruit that has recently been made famous as a ‘superfruit’ and is touted to be one of the healthiest dietary supplements.”

Michael Murphy’s skinny cocktails use acai rather than artificial sweeteners and sugar, which makes the bar menu increasingly popular among calorie-conscious drinkers. Most concoctions range in price between $7 and $9.

“Our fresh juices and garnishes make our customers love the skinny drinks,” Bartholomew said. 

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