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Like most, we all make New Year’s resolutions to cut back on calories in the New Year. There are a couple ways to accomplish this goal even with cocktails. Unfortunately, alcohol packs a lot of calories. Add those calories to sugary mixers and your resolution partially goes by the wayside. To help make your cocktail more calorie friendly, cut back on the pour proportion and use calorie free mixers. I still want a robust flavored cocktail so if I cut back on the pour, I use a full-flavored spirit that will still shine through and give me a great tasting cocktail. I have several cocktails that are big on flavor and will save calories at the same time. Also remember that, in moderation, a great cocktail is a nice reward for other areas you may have given up. To help give you a satisfying dip during all the games in January and February, try my Cool Everything Dip with an assortment of fresh veggies.

Paloma Light 
(top photo by Dan Dry)
This cocktail is big in flavor as I use an aged tequila and a sugar free mixer. The original Paloma is the number one drink with tequila in Mexico. It is made with two ounces of tequila and grapefruit soda with a pinch of salt and squeeze of lime. My version is just as satisfying while saving many calories.
In a tall glass with ice, add:
1 ounce Herradura Anejo tequila
4 ounces Fresca
Stir and top with a squeeze of lime

Kentucky Cooler
In a rocks glass with ice, add:
1 ounce of Woodford Reserve bourbon
4 ounces diet ginger beer
Stir and top with a squeeze of lime

Cool Everything Dip

Cool Everything Dip

Cool Everything Dip
This non-fat dip works with everything from veggies to wings to an assortment of chips or even as a topper on chili in place of the standard sour cream.
1 cup non-fat plain yogurt (preferably Greek yogurt)
1 tablespoon hot sauce
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried Ancho chili or Chipotle chili powder (or a combination of the two)

Combine yogurt, hot sauce, onion powder, garlic powder and chili powder together in a small bowl. This is best made one day ahead so the flavors have time to blend.

Makes 1 cup.

Note: You can add or subtract the heat to suit your taste. If you like it hot, add more hot sauce and chili powder.