Emmet Rushe shares a menu of 4 low-calorie drinks for Christmas parties - and there's good news if you're a G+T fan.

It is officially December and that can only mean one thing; Christmas party season has officially arrived.

With the upcoming festivities and with Christmas being only a few weeks away, it is so easy at this time of year to go over on our calories.

With the upcoming Christmas parties, one question that I keep getting asked is about alcohol. Many people worry about the party drinks ruining all of their great work during the year.

Fear Not!

I am going to give you 4 low calorie drink options that will make it easier for you to socialize, and relax and enjoy the party. (All drinks are based on the standard Irish 35ml half)

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(1) Gin and Tonic.
Gin and tonic is a classic drink and a favorite of my members.
Order it with a slimline tonic and you are getting a quality drink for only 76 calories.

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(2) Rum and Coke
Captain Morgan made his way into the Irish drinking scene a few year back and Rum and Coke had a huge resurgence.
Coming in at only 80 calories when served with a diet coke, makes it a great choice when watching your waistline.

(3) Vodka Martini with a twist
This one may be a bit, ‘James Bond’ on it, but the super spy knew what he was doing.
The shaken Martini is mentioned twice in the first Bond film Dr. No (1962). When Bond has presumably ordered a drink from Room Service to his hotel room, it is mixed by a waiter, who says “one medium dry vodka martini mixed like you said, sir, but not stirred.”
Coming in at 160 calories, you won’t feel as if the sky is falling the next day.

(4) Champagne
We had to leave the best until last.
Coming in at only 100cals for a standard flute, champagne is a great way to celebrate the party season without leaving your hard work behind you.

The reason for the spirits above as opposed to wine or beer, which would be similar to the cocktails, is because no-one sips on wine or beer, the way they do with spirits.

Slower drinking = less calories.


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Tips to remember.


  • Choose diet or calorie free mixers
  • Don’t opt for pre-made high sugar cocktails
  •  Avoid frozen mixes and cocktails (high sugar and high calorie)
  • Avoid flavoured shots. 
  • Drink a similar looking non alcoholic drink in-between alcoholic ones. (Drink 1, 7up free for every gin and tonic. Both look the same, you take in less calories and have less of a hangover the next day. No-one bugs you about not drinking.)

The tips above will leave you ready for the Christmas party season and ready for January without the excess baggage from December.


P.S. My New 2018 Transformation Challenge kicks off January 8th.

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