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7 COCKTAILS YOU SHOULD AVOID IN THE NEW YEAR


7 COCKTAILS YOU SHOULD AVOID IN THE NEW YEAR

 

The holiday season has been so fun you will agree, it was 6 plus weeks of indulging yourself; Jollof rice/Fried rice, chicken, cakes, chocolate and of course lots of cocktails drinking at endless holiday parties and get-together. Suddenly turning the curve after that much 'Funtime' is not always easy as you are still trying to break from the euphoria of the yuletide and it is even more challenging when it comes to indulging yourself with a glass of cocktail after a long day's work.

 

You may already have your New Year resolution(s) lined out – lose weight, eat healthily, exercise more, make more money and every other thing in between. To help you stay on track we have put together a list of cocktails that you may need to avoid to hit those fitness goals. Some of the most delicious cocktails are also some of the most dangerous cocktails - loaded with so many calories that you may as well just finish a jar of cookies instead. If you’re looking to sip guilt-free this in the New Year, take a look at the list below and take note of the drinks that may hamper your 2020 body goal.

 

1. MUDSLIDE

Top on the list is the Mudslide, a creamy, dreamy and so sinfully indulgent cocktail leveled up into a milkshake. The Adult Milkshake as widely called is made with vodka, Kahlua, Baileys and cream or ice cream, yummy right? But this cup of deliciousness is unfortunately also a cup of fat and cholesterol. Your average neighborhood bar or lounge serving contains 540 calories and this can rise as much 800 elsewhere. Downing this many calories in one sitting could see you adding more weight than you’re losing.

 

2. LONG ISLAND ICED TEA

The Long Island Iced Tea cocktail has a reputation as a guaranteed party drink, combining four different liquors - parts vodka, tequila, rum, gin and a dash of Coca-Cola (and absolutely no tea, by the way). I know this may be your favourite drink since your University days, well, that’s OK, I am not judging. This mixture creates a powerful potion that’s known to go down way too easy and be the source of many hangovers. Between the calories from all of the alcohol, the sugar from the soda and the fact that it’s usually served in a larger glass than most cocktails, this is one you should stay away from.

 

3. WHITE RUSSIAN

The White Russian is simply the Black Russian on steroids! The drink got its name from the addition of cream to the original Black Russian cocktail, the irony is that neither of the drink is Russian in origin. The White Russian became prominent after its portrayal in the 1998 film “The Big Lebowski” - This drink is made with vodka, Kahlua, heavy cream, and in some cases milk, you can expect to down this drink for about the same amount of calories in a Mudslide which is around 500 calories. Using low-fat milk will cut down the calories but also make the cocktail less tasty if you know what I mean.

 

4. DAIQUIRI

A classic cocktail that sends you to beach mood but won’t get you your the 'summer body.' Similar to the Piña Colada, the Daiquiri is often made as a sugar-filled, premade mix potion and served in a huge goblet. The famous frozen Daiquiri is one of the six basic drinks listed in David Embury's classic “The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks” A 20-ounce to-go cup averages a whopping 1,000 calories, half of the recommended daily calorie intake for an average person and since you cannot live on a glass of Daiquiri a day you are set to pass your daily calorie intake.

 

5. MARGARITA

A simple homemade Margarita would only run you about 200 calories but those served at restaurants or lounges are often loaded with more sugar and served in a massive glass lined with salt. These can easily run more than 500 calories and may go higher with tasty fruit options like strawberry, peach, and mango. The “Olive Garden’s Strawberry Mango” Margarita, for example, contains 52 grams of sugar alone, about equal to a bar of candy.

 

6. PINA COLADA

If you like Piña Coladas, sorry to be the bearer of bad news, this drink, made with rum, coconut cream, coconut milk, and pineapple juice is packed with sugar and saturated fat. To give you a sense of the damage done by this drink, a glass of this from Bay Lounge on Admiralty way, Lekki will run you 560 calories, that’s more than a KFC Zinger burger.

 

7. MAI TAI

The Mai Tai is made with rum, orgeat, and lime juice - this creamy tropical drink is an ideal vacation beverage but not one you should drink regularly. With the combination of Orgeat syrup - a sweet syrup made from almonds, sugar and rose water or orange flower water this drink is really pretty but almost sinful.

 

A BONUS NO-NO: THE EGGNOG

Even though the holiday season is long over, the Eggnog effect may be hard to break once you are under its spell. The drink is made with sugar, egg yolk, milk, and heavy cream. This cocktail may be yummy to sip on but you risk adding a whopping 400 calories to your diet and with added spiced rum, Kahlúa or bourbon, you could just help yourself to a half dozen cupcakes instead.

As much as you may love to do any of these cocktails, remember you will be putting on some extra pounds in the next couple of weeks.

 

 

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