Drink,Holidays,Recipes,SkinnyTinis & Mocktails

Holiday SkinnyTini Recipes


Well Tis the Season is right! I had two media opportunities this morning, the first of which was filmed on location, in my house. So cool. And the second in the studio for UT-tv for a total of 4 spots, 8 SkinnyTinis and about 15 minutes of air-time.  I was able to create boozy, and booze free options, talk about my killer book “SkinnyTinis — All the Fun for Half the Calories,”  So here you have it — tons of Holday SkinnyTini recipes — perfect for every event, celebration, happy hour and dinner party on your calendar for the rest of 2012!



  • 7 oz Brewed Coffee
  • 1 packet Fat Free Hot Cocoa
  • 4 oz Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1 oz Sugar Free White Chocolate Syrup

Calories: Makes 12 oz drink with 40 calories compared to 390 in Tall Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha. Yikes!

Optional Garnish (s): 2 T Fat Free Whipped Topping dusted with colored sprinkles – 15 calories and/or Mini Candy Cane 17 calories

Directions: Prepare coffee and add hot cocoa mix, mix well until powder is dissolved. Add other ingredients, transfer into desired serving glass, top with whipped cream, sugar and serve!

Alternative Serving Option: Could also cool this and serve chilled as a refreshing option.

Alternative Booze it up Option: Replace 2 oz of coffee/chocolate mixture with vanilla vodka and shake over ice. Will add 128 calories to the drink.


  • 3oz SILK Holiday Nog
  • 2 ½ oz Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • ½ oz Sugar Free Cinnamon Vanilla Syrup
  • Cinnamon and Nutmeg to taste

Calories: Makes 6 oz drink with 75 calories  compared to traditional eggnog which can easily  have 300+ calories.

Optional Garnish: Dust with additional nutmeg or pie spice.

Directions: Add nog, almond milk and syrup to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake to blend and chill and transfer into desired glass.

Alternative Booze it up Option: Add 1-2 oz Brandy, Bourbon or Rum. To make it a Tini, Vanilla Vodka also gives it a serious kick.


  • 8 oz Hot Water
  • 1 packet Apple Cider Mix
  • 12 oz Diet Gingerale
  • Fresh green apple – sliced
  • Fresh red apple – sliced
  • Fresh Tangerines (Cuties) – sliced
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Nutmeg

Calories: Makes 2 – 10 oz cocktails with 50 calories each.

Directions:  add water to sauce pan and heat. Add cider mix, ginger ale, fresh fruit and spices. Let simmer for 5-10 minutes to let the flavors extract and mingle. Pour into desired glass, be sure to add some of the fruit and maybe a cinnamon stick as garnish and serve.

Alternative Serving Option: Could also cool this and serve chilled as a refreshing option.

Alternative Booze it up Option: Add some brandy, light rum or red wine just before serving.


  • 4 slices Peeled Cucumber
  • 2 Mint Sprigs
  • 1 Lime Wedge
  • 1 oz Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup
  • 10 oz Soda Water

Calories: 12 oz cocktail for 5 calories

Directions:  add cucumber, mint and syrup to the bottom of a glass and muddle to release the oil from the mint leaves, juice from the lime and blend with sugar and cucumber. Add ice and top with soda water. Garnish with more fresh mint and lime wedge and serve.

Alternative Booze it up Option: This is essentially a mock cucumber mojito. So feel free to add white rum with 64 calories per ounce to make it real.


  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 2 oz Sugar Free Red Bull
  • 1 oz Blue Gatorade

Calories: Makes 5 oz SkinnyTinis with 136 calories.

Directions: add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake for 10-15 seconds. Strain into preferred glass glass and serve. Be careful as you shake though, the Red Bull is carbonated and have an explosive effect on your kitchen if you get to crazy. So be sure to wrap with a towel and shake gently.


  • 1 oz Citrus Vodka
  • 2 oz Champagne
  • 2 oz Light Cranberry Juice

Calories: Makes 5oz SkinnyTini with 104 calories.

Directions: Add ingredients to a chilled champagne flute and serve.


  • 2 oz Hot Apple Vodka
  • 3 oz Light Apple Juice

Calories: 133 Calories per 5 oz SkinnyTini

Garnish (optional): Sugar and Cinnamon Rim – 16 calories

Directions:  Poor a small amount of apple juice onto a plate. Sprinkle a cinnamon and sugar mixture on another plate. Dip the martini glass in the juice then run through the sugar and cinnamon to fully rim the glass. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake for 10-15 seconds. Strain into a 5 oz prepared martini glass, garnish with a cinnamon stick and serve.

Alternative Serving Option: Could also serve warm by heating apple juice on stove and adding room temperature vodka.

Want to see these made live? Watch the live UT-TV spot here.

Special, special thank you to Melanie Venter of Venter PR for coordinating the KUSI piece and Nick Isabella photographer, designer extraordinaire for coming over bright and early to take behind the scenes pics. I feel so fortunate to have such awesomely talented and successful friends.


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