Martini or Champagne? Top 4 ‘healthier’ alcoholic beverage choices

martini or champagne

Let’s begin by pointing out the obvious: alcohol is not healthy. Overindulging in alcohol is not healthy. Overindulging on a weekly or fortnightly basis is not healthy either. This guide is for those who lack the ability or will power to say no to a glass of Champagne or 5 over the silly season.

The endless Christmas celebrations (that begin in November) can have you looking rounder and rosier than Santa Claus, come Christmas day. And with 7 calories per gram, the number of calories in alcohol is second only after fat (9 cals/g). So here’s a short list of my top 4 ‘healthier’ alcoholic beverage choices and I assure these picks are sufficiently agreeable in taste.

1. Champagne There’s nothing like a cold glass of Champagne to start off a perfectly delectable evening. A regular 120ml glass only contains approximately 91 calories.Champagne gives you the same amount of antioxidant heart protection as red wine, and way more than blueberries and most fruits, increasing heart muscle energy production, and protecting your heart’s cells from free radical damage.

2. Martini Cosmopolitans and chocolate martinis, while delicious, are high in calories and sugar but not all martinis are bad. I highly recommend sipping on a dry gin martini, with as little as 140 calories it is virtually guilt-free. Gin is also an effective diuretic. It helps in passing more water than any other alcohol due to the juniper berries which gin is partially made from. It offers a short term solution to bloating (when drank in moderation).

3. Vodka & Soda For a more casual affair try a refreshing vodka, soda with fresh lime and mint. Not only low in sugar it’s low in calories too with only 60 calories a glass. Save on your salt intake by asking for sparkling water instead of regular soda water (which is high in sodium).

4. Bloody Mary When made with real tomato juice this brunch cocktail is absolutely divine and only 129 calories. Tomato juice is also high in Lycopene, a vital anti-oxidant that helps fight against cancer forming cells and other diseases. *If you’re ever in Sydney make sure you visit the bartenders at the Rockpool Bar and Grill on Hunters St – they make the best Bloody Mary’s.

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