Lighten Up, America!

We sent Cooking Light's tireless contributing editor, Allison Fishman Task, on a mission: to crisscross the country in search of favorite regional foods and to lighten them for a country that is starting to think hard about what it eats. Buy the Book: Lighten Up, America!

Regional Favorites: Classic Cocktails

Have a really happy hour at home with these low-cal boozy beverages. 

Old Fashioned
Photo: Oxmoor House

Lovely Libations

Each region of the country has its own favorite to reach for when 5 o'clock rolls around. If you want to sidestep the extra calories that come with mixing cocktails, use fresh fruit juices and calorie-free beverages rather than mixes, which are loaded with sugar.

The Old Fashioned is a big hit in the Northeast.

Place 1 brown sugar cube on a cocktail napkin. Sprinkle 2 to 3 drops orange bitters and 2 to 3 drops Angostura bitters over sugar cube. (Napkin will soak up excess bitters.) Transfer cube to a 10-ounce old-fashioned glass. Add 1 orange slice and a few drops bourbon to glass. Mash sugar cube and orange slice, using a muddler, until sugar is almost dissolved. (Avoid mashing the rind; doing so will release a bitter flavor.) Add 3 tablespoons bourbon, and fill glass with ice cubes. Stir until well chilled.

SERVES 1 (serving size: 1 cocktail)

CALORIES 110; FAT 0g (sat 0g); SODIUM 1mg






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