Low-cal cocktails shaken and stirred

Belvedere Cinnamon Mule, left, and Ardbeg and Belvedere Smoky Martini. (Courtesy of Belvedere Vodka)

Belvedere Cinnamon Mule, left, and Ardbeg and Belvedere Smoky Martini. (Courtesy of Belvedere Vodka)

Courtesy of Belvedere Vodka

, Last Updated: 12:41 PM ET

With the arrival of patio season, it’s always tempting to have more than one round of drinks. But, all those liquid calories can add up.

Claire Smith, Molecular Mixologist and Head of Spirit Creation for Belvedere Vodka, offers these two low-cal cocktails to help keep your waistline trim as the weather heats up.

Smith is a regular on Conan O'Brien and Chelsea Handler and has designed exclusive cocktail menus for private events hosted by Mary J. Blige, Matthew Williamson, Vivienne Westwood, Alicia Keys and Jamie Foxx, to name just a few.

Belvedere Cinnamon Mule

44 ml Belvedere Vodka

1/2 fresh lime juice

Dash of cinnamon agave syrup*

* To make: A few cinnamon sticks warmed with agave and allowed to cool and infuse for a minimum of six hours

Method:

1. Shake with ice

2. Strain into a highball glass filled with ice

3. Top with Fever-Tree Premium Mixers Ginger Beer

Approximately calorie breakdown:

44 ml of Belvedere Vodka = 97.5 cals

Dash of cinnamon agave syrup = 16 cals

15 ml lime juice = 4 cals

88 ml Fever-Tree Ginger Beer = 33 cals

Total = 150.5 calories

Ardbeg and Belvedere Smoky Martini

15 ml Belvedere Vodka

44 ml Darjeeling-infused Ardbeg (infused with tea leaves over 24 hours)

Dash of Triple Sec

7 Darjeeling ice cubes (frozen overnight)

Method:

1. Pre-prepare 7 large ice cubes made with Darjeeling tea

2. Stir Triple Sec and Ardbeg over the ice cubes

3. Strain into a chilled martini glass

4. Garnish with orange twist

Approx. Calorie Breakdown:

15 ml of Belvedere Vodka = 32.5 cals

44 ml of Ardbeg = 104 cals

7 ml Triple Sec = 12 cals

Total = 148.5 calories


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