Oh, how I love Mimosas…
Typically perceived as “problematic” to begin one’s day with a margarita (or vodka on the rocks), this beloved brunch staple makes it socially acceptable to indulge in a cocktail before noon. A special thanks to whoever invented this concoction- making me feel less guilty about my love for day-drinking!
And while I do prefer day-drinking (why delay the fun?), one of my resolutions for 2019 was to be less of a lush (and hopefully lose some weight in the process).
Today I am sharing my hack for cutting back on the booze (and the sugar), with this healthier alternative to Mimosas…
Now for those of you judging my alcohol dependence, just let me say that I do implement plenty of healthy, stress-management modalities.
I exercise… I do yoga… I meditate..I pray…I try my best to surrender…
I do ALL of the things!!
But at this point in my life, I am not willing to give up my booze.
That being said, I would still like to avoid pounding down an entire bottle of champagne on a Sunday afternoon (think about all of the empty calories? Gasp!).
I knew I was going to have to find some clever way to trick myself into drinking less, and I can confidently say that this recipe was a game-changer.
Instead of cutting the champagne with orange juice, which is not only high in sugar but calorie dense, I decided to try one of my favorite zero-calorie/zero-sugar/zero-carb beverages- Pineapple Strawberry La Croix- as a mixer…
La Croix Mimosa Recipe:
The following recipe makes one drink.
- 3 oz. of Extra Dry or Brut Champagne (I do Extra Dry for added sweetness, but Brut has less sugar content)
- 1 can of Pineapple Strawberry La Croix Curate
- 1 Sliced Strawberry (for added sweetness and flavor)
My Hack for Drinking Less Alcohol:
By now, I am sure you can see how substituting orange juice for La Croix cuts sugar and caloric content, but I bet you are still wondering how this formulation helps me to cut back on the total alcohol consumption. Well…
I prefer to serve this drink in a large wine glass or even a 16 oz pint glass (this just didn’t make for pretty blog pictures).
I like to fill the wine glass first with ice, measure 2 to 3 oz of champagne, and then I fill the remainder of the glass with my La Croix. This way, the drink lasts much longer than if I were to serve it in a traditional Champagne flute. This also allows me to better dilute the champagne with the mixer so that the drink is not primarily booze….it’s actually primarily La Croix, but with all of the carbonation I don’t even miss the Champagne.
For all of my fellow lushes out there…I totally “get” your apprehension here. In fact, my initial fear was that this drink wouldn’t get me “turnt” like the full-strength version. Much to my surprise however, I still receive the desired effect from this recipe (I think that all of the carbonation just goes straight to the brain). While I typically end up consuming four of these babies, I don’t have to feel any guilt because that is ultimately only 2 glasses of champagne .
Hopefully some of you found this hack to be revelatory. For those of you who could care less about this sort of thing…I apologize. I promise to be back next week with more interior design and DIY material.
Wishing all of you beautiful babes a wonderful week! Now get out there and design some good vibes!
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