When GottaGoGolf’s tasting panel eagerly accepted the mission of mixing an official 19th hole cocktail, it didn’t occur to us to bring pajamas with cute little martini glasses all over them. This task was so grueling, however, it took a morning-after sequel to mop up the details.
Fear not, GottaGoGolfers, this magazine for women who play the game for fun now has a fun and fitting 19th hole cocktail that won’t make us fat as long as we are out burning our calories on the fairways.
FIRST, THE METHODOLOGY
With all of the light drinks, lite drinks and skinny drinks that were soaking up the market, we figured this would be a piece of low-fat cake. The problem was, we wanted our cocktail to taste good. And everything we tried that tasted good — with 3 ounces of the base liquor, another ounce of some yummy liqueur and then sugary filler — contained more than 300 calories. (Note: For the sake of the lazy GottaGoGolfer, we did try some of the prepared contenders. Ick! MAKE YOUR OWN.)
After tasting all of the great cocktails we made with gin, vodka, St. Germain, Cointreau, vanilla vodka and all of the other calorie-laden stuff, we began researching how we could work it off once we got home. Did you know kissing burns 68 calories an hour? Sex burns 144 calories a half-hour? Whew, tough to unload 300-plus calories from one cocktail.
So we got serious about our counts. Wine: 100 calories for five ounces of red, 94 calories for five ounces of white, 130 calories for five ounces of bubbly. A prudent choice. But we wanted a cocktail, something we could serve in a martini glass, up.
TEQUILA, 70 CALORIES AN OUNCE. VODKA OR GIN, 56 CALORIES AN OUNCE. AND THAT YUMMY, HERBAL ST. GERMAIN WE LIKED SO MUCH, OUCH, 103 CALORIES PER OUNCE.
Then we checked up on our three orange liqueur possibilities: Triple Sec, the least expensive, has 103 calories per ounce; Cointreau, a favorite of many Mexican restaurants, has 95 calories per ounce; and Grand Marnier costs the most but contains only 67 calories per ounce.
For mixers, we found that cran/pom juice has only 15 calories an ounce, grapefruit juice 11 calories per ounce, ginger juice only 10 calories per ounce. We also messed around with a bit of coconut water, only about 6 calories per ounce. By the end of the first day, we had no recipe and little coherence.
The next morning, we reviewed our notes and emerged triumphant with an official 19th hole cocktail we worry is perhaps just a bit too drinkable. Please remember, if you end up drinking three instead of one, you have defeated the purpose.
SHAPELY GOTTAGOGOLFER: THE RECIPE
2 ounces of your favorite fine tequila
2 ounces of club soda in either orange or lime
3/4 ounces fresh lime juice
3/4 ounces Grand Marnier
DIRECTIONS: Pour over ice, stir (or if you prefer, shake) and serve up in a chilled martini or margarita glass. Sip slowly and savor. Calorie count, approximately 200. For best taste, do not serve over ice or with a salted rim.
A FEW MORE POINTERS FOR YOUR 19TH HOLE ENJOYMENT…
- Don’t chill or freeze your ingredients ahead of time. Ice has no calories and no fat, and if it dilutes your cocktail a bit and makes for a bigger drink, that is OK and won’t ruin the taste.
- Agave nectar has a low glycemic index and is probably the healthiest cocktail sweetener — but it does contain 60 calories per tablespoon so handle with care.
- If you’re really concerned about calories, drink water (DUH) instead of anything alcoholic.
- Club soda, seltzer or your choice of bubble waters makes for the best zero-calorie mixer, and can even substitute for champagne. Try it with some fresh fruit or juice and vodka or gin for a quick and easy reward after your round.
WHEN YOU WALK 18 HOLES, DISREGARD ALL OF THE ABOVE AND HAVE ANY DARN COCKTAIL YOU PLEASE.