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Drink up! Low calorie Thanksgiving cocktails

Mouthwatering Thanksgiving turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy and pumpkin pie might satisfy our test buds, but holiday meals can wreak havoc on our waistlines. Thankfully, we have some low calorie Thanksgiving cocktails courtesy of Amoretti for those who want to imbibe for 165 calories or less!

The Sip and Fall cocktail (Media/Credit: Amoretti)
The Sip and Fall cocktail (Media/Credit: Amoretti)

Sip and Fall

Ingredients

1 oz. watermelon vodka

1 oz. Amoretti Premium Sour Apple Martini Mix

3 oz. club soda

Directions

Combine the vodka and martini mix in a glass, add ice and top with club soda. Garnish with a green apple slice (optional).

Calories: 98

The A-pear-ently Apple cocktail. (Media/Credit Amoretti)
The A-pear-ently Apple cocktail (Media/Credit: Amoretti)

A-pear-ently Apple

Ingredients

1 oz. Amoretti Premium Pear Martini Mix

12 oz. (1 bottle) low calorie hard cider (Amoretti recommends Magners Irish Hard Cider, Crispin Original or Michelob ULTRA Light Cider)

Directions

Gently combine both ingredients in a tall glass. Garnish with a pear wheel (optional).

Calories: 165

 

 

Mango You Didn’t!

Mango You Didn't!
The Mango You Didn’t! cocktail (Media/Credit: Amoretti) 

 

Ingredients

2 oz. Amoretti Premium Cosmopolitan Martini Mix

1 oz. mango nectar

6 oz. club soda

Directions

Gently combine all ingredients in a glass and fill with ice. Garnish with a lime wheel (optional).

Calories: 115

Ginger Winter
The Ginger Winter cocktail (Media/Credit: Amoretti) 

 

Ginger Winter

Ingredients

½ pump Amoretti Premium Gingerbread Syrup

½ oz. Amoretti Premium Pomegranate Martini Mix

4-6 oz. nonalcoholic sparkling apple cider

Directions

Gently combine the gingerbread syrup and pomegranate martini mix in the bottom of a champagne flute. Fill with the sparkling cider. Garnish with a thin apple slice (optional).

Calories: 103

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Alcoholic Autumn Boston Restaurants Drinks/Cocktails Featured Recipes Recipe Sources Recipes

New, sophisticated fall cocktails from Boston’s Beehive

The Beehive, a favorite Boston jazz spot, introduces two new fall cocktails to its menu: the Janie Jones ($12) and the Flying Dutchman Martini ($12). Both drinks are made with Aperol, an Italian spirit with flavors of orange, rhubarb and herbs. Sip these sophisticated concoctions at the ‘hive or impress your friends at home, using the recipes below.

Janie Jones

Janie Jones

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Hendricks Gin
  • 1 oz. Canton Ginger Liquor
  • ½ oz. Aperol
  • ½ oz. Lemon Juice

Directions

Shake and serve on the rocks in a double rock glass. Garnish with a Lemon Twist.

Flying Dutchman Martini

Ingredients

  • 1 oz. Bols Genever
  • 1 oz. Lillet Blanc
  • ¾ oz. Luxardo Liquor
  • ½ oz. Aperol
  • Dash Lemon Juice
  • Dash Simple Syrup

Directions

Shake on the rocks, strain and serve in a martini glass. Top with Sparkling Wine.


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Beacon Hill Bistro’s ‘Back to the ABCs’ fall cocktail

School is back in session and fall is in the air. Celebrate the season with Beacon Hill Bistro’s “Back to the ABCs” cocktail, a blend of autumnal apple, bourbon and cranberry. The cocktail is available at the Bistro for a limited time, but read on for the recipe so you can shake it up yourself.

Recipe

  • Apple Caramel Simple Syrup
  • 4 oz. Bourbon
  • Dash of Cranberry Bitters
  • Splash of Lemon Juice

Directions

Shake, strain and serve up. Garnish with cranberries.

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Easy delicious apple crisp

Easy and delicious. Actually its wicked easy and too delicious.
Easy and delicious. Actually its wicked easy and too delicious.

This recipe was featured in Blast Magazine in September 2010.

When you go apple picking in the fall, you end up with a bunch of apples. The problem with a bunch of apples is that, say you’re a young couple, you will never finish 20 or so apples before they go bad. Furthermore, you will almost always get sick of just munching on a plain apple all the time. (Though you shouldn’t. Eating a plain apple is just about the only healthy way to eat apples…this recipe is proof)

For some reason, neither my girlfriend nor I care much care for apple pies. That left us wondering what we could make.

Apple crisp.

This required calls to her sister and mother, but 45 minutes later, here are the steps to delicious, completely unhealthy, apple crisp.

Ingredients

  • 4-5 cups of Mcintosh apples. (That’s about 4 medium-sized apples.)
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 3 tbsp. white flour. (to start)
  • 1 cup white flour (to finish)
  • 1 cup of instant oatmeal
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter (Yes, that’s a stick and a half)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Skin and core the apples.
  3. Slice them thinly and arrange them in a deep baking pan.
  4. Mix the tablespoons of flour, sugar, and cinnamon and pour the mix over the apple slices. Make sure they are evenly covered.
  5. In a mixing bowl, combine the cup of flour, oatmeal, and brown sugar.
  6. Take the stick and a half of butter and thinly slice it. Use a large fork to mix it all up until there is a consistency. Spread this all over the top of the apples.
  7. Sprinkle about an extra teaspoon of cinnamon over the top of everything if you like cinnamon.
  8. Bake for 45 minutes.
  9. This is insanely easy. Anyone can make apple crisp. It goes great with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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Roasted fall sweet potatoes

Roasted Fall sweet potatoesRecipe featured in Blast Magazine in September 2010.

You eat a lot of broccoli and a lot of rice when you do something crazy like I did and swear off french fries for an entire year.

Finally, you discover that sweet potatoes are, indeed, not the same as white potatoes. They are a so-called “good carb,” and there are ways to cook them that are delicious and healthy, while allowing you to forget your fried troubles.

We’ve done a few things with sweet potatoes, but the best thing to do, I’ve found, is throw them in a pan, put your favorite spices on them, roast them up at a good temperature.

For the fall, we go for something sweeter, like a good slice of pumpkin pie.

Ingredients

  • 3 large yams/sweet potatoes
  • 2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice (nutmeg and cinnamon work in a pinch)
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil.
  • Cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Peel the sweet potatoes and cut them into about 10-12 dices or slices. Don’t make them too thick (The ones in the photo are too thick) or they will be a bit mushy. Be careful. Sweet potatoes are a pain in the neck to cut. You need a sharp knife and some elbow grease. Don’t cut fingers off.
  2. Place aluminum foil on a 2-inch deep baking pan and liberally coat it with the cooking spray.
  3. Spread the sweet potatoes out evenly. Apply the spices evenly on top of the potatoes. Don’t overdo the salt and pepper. Just a few shakes will do.
  4. Drizzle about 4 tablespoons of olive oil all around and on top of the potatoes. Get your hands in there, and mix it up.
  5. Bake for one hour at 425-degrees, turning the potatoes as necessary

Sweet potatoes don’t get crispy like white potatoes. They’ll come out soft and will be crispier if you cut them correctly. You could also buy an Oxo brand crinkle cutter to get a “french fry simulation.” The sweet, nutty spices really make this dish for the fall. These also make a good alternative to Thanksgiving mashed yams.