Author: Teresa Marie Howes
Publisher: John Wiley And Sons
Genre: Non Fiction
Number of Pages: 144
Source: Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours
When I saw this book was available through Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours, I was immediately interested in it. I mean, who doesn't like a cocktail with fewer calories? I was super excited to try a few of the recipes in this book. However, I really should have checked my alcohol cabinet before diving into this book, because when I went to make the recipes I discovered that I was out of at least one ingredient for every recipe.
The book had "two key parts to making the SkinnyTini a SkinnyTini: 1.) Taking alcohol calorie efficiency to the extreme" and 2.) Taking advantage of all the low sugar and sugar free products currently on the market." This means that all the recipes in this book use vodka, rum, whiskey, tequila or rum. Teresa explains that this is because "distilled spirits have only 64 calories per ounce, but offer 40 percent alcohol potency." My take on this was that these were used so that while drinking a Skinnytini, you'll get a great tasting drink without it being watered down. (Who wants that?? Not me!)
What I liked about this book was that the ingredients listed in the recipes were all listed in the beginning of the book, and told where you could find them in the grocery store or online. Another great thing about this book was that under each drinks name, the number of calories was listed, and it told how the recipe differed from the original one, followed by a picture of the drink. Here were a few that I really wanted to try:
2 Ounces of Vanilla vodka 2 Ounces of Light Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice, 1 Ounce low fat Milk. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake for 10-15 seconds. Strain into a 5 ounce martini glass.
2 Ounces of Gin, 3 Ounces Diet Ginger Ale, 1/4 ounce (splash) of lime juice, Dash of Nutmeg. Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake for 10-15 seconds. Strain into a 5 ounce martini glass. (comes with a warning to be careful while shaking soda, lol.)
1 Ounces Vodka, 2 ounces Sugar Free Red Bull 1 Ounce Blue Gatorade
Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake for 10-15 seconds.
All in all, this was an interesting drink book, and I just wished I had read the ingredients page before going to actually making the cocktails. Thanks to Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours for a copy of this book.