Two of my favorite “activities” in life are CrossFit and drinking. Haha! Hey, I work hard and play hard! I especially love doing these things together as seen here, here, and here. So when Smirnoff reached out to me about hosting a “Ladies' Night (Work) Out,” which would include a workout followed by a sampling of Smirnoff's new Sorbet Light vodkas, I was all about it. I knew my CrossFit girlfriends would love it too, so I planned the event at our box last night.
The event started with a CrossFit workout, which was taught by Coach Dani. The workout had three parts: warm-up, WOD prep, and WOD (Workout of the Day).
After Dani went over the various exercises, we got to work!
The warm-up involved Burpees.
Everyone loves Burpees!
Once we were nice and warm, we started on the first part of the WOD prep, which was practicing Toes-to-Bar.
Kim and I love chalk.
The last part of the WOD prep was getting our shoulders ready for Push Presses and working up to the weight we'd use for the WOD.
We love heavy weights!
After about 20 minutes of prep, it was time to do the WOD!
We got all set up”¦
And then the clock started.
The workout was a 12-minute AMRAP of:
- 6 Toes-to-Bar
- 9 Push Presses
- 12 Kettlebell Swings
At first, the workout didn't see too tough, but as the minutes passed, those three exercises got harder and harder. Holy goodness, my arms were burning!
It seemed like all of the ladies really enjoyed the workout””everyone was definitely working hard!
I cut out of the workout a few minutes early, so I could get things ready for the Smirnoff tasting. I recruited Mal to help me, so we were able to get everything set up and ready to go, so the ladies could get their drink on as soon as they finished the WOD.
I sampled all three flavors of Smirnoff Sorbet Light: Raspberry Pomegranate, Lemon, and Mango Passion Fruit. Each vodka was mixed into a different flavored punch, so the ladies could try a taste of each.
Smirnoff Sorbet Light Pomegranate Berry Punch
- 1.5 oz Raspberry Pomegranate SMIRNOFF SORBET Light
- 2 oz Diet Ginger Ale
- 1 oz Cranberry Juice
Calories-92 Carbohydrates-4.8 G; Protein-0 G; Fat-0 G
Smirnoff Sorbet Light Tropical Martini
- 1.5 oz Mango Passion Fruit SMIRNOFF SORBET Light
- 1.5 oz Coconut Water
- 1 oz Pineapple Juice
Calories-103 Carbohydrates-7.4 G; Protein-0 G; Fat-0 G
Smirnoff Sorbet Light Lemon Pomegranate Punch
- 1.5 oz Lemon SMIRNOFF SORBET Light
- 2.5 oz Diet Sprite
- 1.5 oz Pomegranate Juice
Calories-106 Carbohydrates-8.3 G; Protein-0 G; Fat-0 G
After the WOD, the ladies were excited to try the different cocktails and dove right in to sampling them.
I did too!
Everyone said they liked all of the different drink options, but the favorite of the night was definitely the Smirnoff Sorbet Light Tropical Martini, which was light, refreshing, and tropical-tasting. It was such a hit, I ended up making two batches of it!
4 Tips for Enjoying Low-Calorie Cocktails
Add a “splash” of juice
The majority of fruity cocktails are loaded with calories and sugar, which usually come from soda and/or fruit juice. Some of these drinks””depending on size, of course””pack as many as 300 calories each! Crazy, right? When I'm in the mood for something fruity, I just add a splash of fruit juice, which typically goes a long way for not a lot of calories.
Use club soda
Club soda (aka seltzer or soda water) has lots of bubbles, but no calories, so it's a great low-calorie (er, no calorie) mixer for cocktails. One of my favorite ways to keep my cocktails light is by mixing a flavored vodka with club soda. Smirnoff Sorbet Light + club soda, for example, would only be 78 calories per drink. Not too shabby, right? Along the same lines, you can opt for diet soda instead of regular to save some serious calories.
Drink your frozen cocktail on the rocks
Like fruity drinks, frozen cocktails are packed with calories and sugar. Some of them have so many calories, they are almost like a meal! If I really want a margarita or piÃ±a colada, I make a lighter version or ask the bartender to make it on the rocks instead of having the frozen variety. This way, I save calories, but still get all of the delicious cocktail taste!
Alternate water with booze
Alternating glasses of water (or club soda) with my cocktails slows my pace, so I consume less alcohol and fewer calories. Sometimes, I'll add a splash of fruit juice and/or a piece of lemon or lime to a glass of soda water, so it feels like I'm drinking cocktail (aka "mocktail"), but for minimal calories. Swapping in some non-alcoholic drinks also hydrates me, so I don't wake up feeling like garbage the next morning.
More tips and tricks:
- How to Have a Healthy Happy Hour
- Low-Calorie Cocktails: Tips & Tricks
- 7 Low-Calorie Cocktails You Need to Try
- How to Dine Out and Stick to Your Healthy Eating Habits
The ladies ended up hanging out for more than an hour after the workout””eating, drinking, and chatting up a storm.
Everyone enjoyed themselves so much, the owners of our box are actually thinking about offering a regular ladies night! Yay!
Fun times with the ladies of CrossFit 781!
Questions of the Day
What's your favorite mixed drink?
What are your tips and tricks for keeping your cocktails light and (somewhat) healthy?
Have you tried the Smirnoff Sorbet Light vodkas?
Disclaimer: I was compensated for my participation with this campaign. Opinion are all my own.