The world’s top mixologists have crafted specialty winter drinks just for Made Man readers. Each is warming, hearty and under 200 calories, perfect for your diet—uh, we mean, your hardcore workout plan.
Fire-lighter CobblerRyan Chetiyawardana, White Lyan, London75ml Rosso vermouth (77 calories) 3 dashes of Angostura bitters (10 calories) 10ml King's Ginger Liqueur (35 calories) Diet Ginger beer (0 calories) Total calories: 122Build bitters, vermouth and liqueur over crushed ice in a sling glass and top with diet ginger beer. Garnish with a slice of orange, a split vanilla pod and a sprig of mint. Says Ryan: “The cobbler has plenty of winter spice, packing a huge amount of flavor for a light serve. The ginger and the Christmas spice from the bitters are immediately warming, and the layers to the vermouth open out over ice.”
The Jack FrostChris Marshall, Apothéke, New York2 oz of rosemary infused bourbon—infuse a sprig or two of rosemary in a bottle of bourbon for about 8 hours, or until bourbon has a fresh, piney bite and aroma. (125 calories) 1 oz of fresh rhubarb juice (6 calories) 1/2 oz of fresh lime juice (4 calories) 1/2 oz of granulated sugar or sugar in the raw (51 calories) 1/2 oz of fresh ginger juice (12 calories) Total calories: 198 Combine ingredients and shake thoroughly, and strain into a rocks glass, and garnish with a sprig of rosemary. Says Chris: “I like this cocktail for the holiday season because it has a wintry nose, and reminds me of being my backyard in the Pacific Northwest for Christmas. The Bourbon and sugar provide a subtle sweetness, the rhubarb a tart, tangy counterpoint, and the ginger finishes the cocktail with a spicy bite at the end.”
Santa's Little HelperJJ Goodman, the London Cocktail Club, London35ml cognac (78 calories) 50ml cranberry juice (24 calories) 40ml ginger ale (11 calories) juice of half a lime (5 calories) 2 dashes of Angostura bitters (5 calories) spring of rosemary (0 calories) Total calories: 123 Build and stir all ingredients. Says JJ: “Calories are relatively equal in most alcohols. A trick is to drink cognac—it’s a great way of adding dryness. And because it’s dryer than most spirits, you don’t need as much as other alcohols, cutting down your calorie take. A single goes a long way, so you can spend more and save!"
The HohmanJared Mort, Sassafras Saloon, Los Angeles1 1/2 oz Old Forester 100 proof Whisky (123 calories) 3/4 oz Amaro Cio Ciaro (55 calories) 1/2 oz Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao (18 calories) Total calories: 196 Stir all ingredients over ice. Strain neat into chilled rocks glass. Garnish with orange zest/peel. Says Jared: “This drink is perfect for winter because it’s high proof and to the point—so it will warm you up—but it has enough sugar and spice from the Amaro that it goes down easily. After one of these you won't even remember why you can't stand your mother in law.”
The RudolphBrian Stewart, Petit Ermitage, Los Angeles¾ oz Yellow Chartreuse (77 calories) ¾ oz Bulleit Rye, or any rye will do (56 calories) ¾ oz Cynar, an artichoke liqueur (55 calories) ½ oz fresh Grapefruit juice (6 calories) ¼ oz Fresh lemon juice (3 calories) Total calories: 197 Place all ingredients in a shaker and shake and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a grapefruit zest and a sprig of mint. If you are still hungry after the cocktail, feel free to eat the sprig of mint, as it will not take you over the 200 mark. Says Brian: “This cocktail really feels like fall/winter to me. It’s cool like the fall wind, but when sipped it will warm you up like a roaring fire on a crisp Christmas morning.”
The Wolf in Sheep's ClothingAnthony Valencia, The Wellesbourne, Los Angeles¾ oz Bulleit Rye (56 calories) ¾ oz lemon (6 calories) ¾ oz pureed ginger (8 calories) ¾ oz fernet (100 calories) ½ oz honey syrup (22 calories) 2 dashes of Angostura bitters (5 calories) Total calories: 197 Combine all ingredients, shake vigorously, pour into a lowball glass over ice and garnish with a lemon zest. Says Anthony: “Like the wolf in sheep’s clothing, this low calorie crutch will allow sophisticated gentlemen to fit into their wool coats, enabling them to catch enough prey to sustain them throughout the cold winter months.”
Eve's AnswerCharles Joly, the Aviary, and founder of Crafthouse Cocktails, Chicago1 1/2 oz Olmeca Altos Reposado (96 calories) 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice (30 calories) 1/2 oz apple cider (8 calories) 1/2 oz spiced simple syrup (1:1 ratio sugar:water). Heat water and stir in an equal amount sugar by volume. Once dissolved, add toasted cinnamon, allspice, clove and star anise. Allow to steep for 20 minutes and strain. (25 calories) Total calories: 159 Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker, add ice and shake well. Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with cinnamon stick and sprig of rosemary. Says Charles: “The apple cider and spice components of this cocktail make a perfect blend for a holiday margarita. All cocktails that use fresh ingredients and are enjoyed in moderation are by default lower in calories. You need some sugar to balance acid and I'll always trade 25 calories for a balanced drink—if you walk up the stairs instead of taking the elevator, you're already back to zero.”
Tiny TimJustin Fix and Mike Daze, Blind Barber, Los Angeles 1 1/2 oz. Jameson Irish Whiskey (102 calories) 1/2 oz. Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur (36 calories) 1/2 oz. Aperol Liqueur (51 calories) 1 hit of Chinese Bitters (5 calories) Total calories: 194 Stir and strain into rocks/Whiskey glass. Garnish with an orange peel/zest. Says Justin: “A take on the Negroni, simple and appetizing. One that’s sure to keep you warm this holiday.”
VixenJustin Fix and Mike Daze, Blind Barber, Los Angeles 1 oz. Jagermeister Spice (60 calories) 1 oz. Remy V (64 calories) 1 oz. Altar Aphrodisiac (25 calories) 1 oz. apple cider (15 calories) 1/2 oz. lemon juice (3 calories) 1/2 oz. amber agave (25 calories) 4 dashes Angostura bitters (8 calories) Total calories: 200 Shake and strain over rocks. Use the bitters as garnish on top. Says Justin: “A flavorful spice for the holiday...as good as grandma's Apple Pie.”
Mahiki Captain's CourageGeorgi Radev, Mahiki, LondonNote: This one involves lighting rum on fire. Be careful at home. 2 bar spoons of vanilla pod infused sugar (trace) — make by layering pods into at least 1 cup of sugar, sealing in an airtight jar with room above the sugar, and store for at least two weeks, stirring occasionally. 40ml Trois Rivieres 1997 rhum or other rum (50 calories) Cinnamon, 1 bar spoon (trace) 10ml Mahiki Coconut or other coconut rum, like Malibu or Koko Kanu (40 calories) 30ml Red Wine, like a pinot noir (30 calories) 60ml Captain's Tea (English Breakfast tea with red chilli, lemon and orange zest, ginger and lemon grass) (trace) Total calories: 120 Put the vanilla pod infused sugar in a small pan on the stove over low heat. Add the Trois Rivieres and light it up—then gently add the cinnamon, red wine, coconut rum and the tea. Once all the ingredients are inside, stop the heat and serve in crystal goblet. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and orange zest, and a cracker with low-fat cottage cheese with a pineapple on top. Says Georgi: “This is a magical low calorie potion, mixed on a fire. A delicious winter cocktail with only 120 calories.”