Drink This, Sweat Off That

Oh the joys of the holidays… There’s nothing like getting together with friends and family to celebrate and toast to a great year. Just be smart about what’s in your raised glass. Do you really know what’s in that cocktail?
Holiday weight gain is not just from cookies, treats, or eating too much! It’s also contributed to cocktails loaded up with extra sugars in the drink. If you’re mindful of what’s in the food and drinks you intake, you can prevent ingesting any extra – unneeded calories this season.
You can have your booze and drink it too but with healthier options. This season, try making ‘healthier’ holiday cocktails that will keep you happy (cheers!) and focused on your health for the new year.
This blog highlights 5 festive holiday drinks and provides 3 different circuit workouts to work off those extra calories to keep your body on track. Cheer & Enjoy!


These holiday drinks are not only festive, but they are made with a low-cal option and taste great too! The beauty of concocting your own drink is that you can pick and choose the ingredients you want to use, scale it down or even add other spices.
Following each drink recipe, you will find a suggested circuit workout that will help burn off the extra calories with 3 powerful moves. It’s quick, efficient, and will keep your fitness in check while enjoying the festivities of the season.
NOTE: These cocktails contain alcohol in the ingredients but can always be omitted!  Please drink responsibly and sweat it off regularly.


Champagne & St. Germain

This classy mix may be a holiday cocktail favorite. It’s simple to make with only two ingredients. Add in some pomegranate seeds or cranberries for a red festive garnish.
  • 1/2-part St. Germain
  • 1/2-part brut Champagne, dry sparkling wine, or brut Rose
    Mix It: Pour ingredients into a chilled flute glass and stir lightly.  Top with garnishes and enjoy.
    Non-spiked alternative: muddle limes, mint, ginger and combined with club soda for a refreshing bubbly treat.
    <h3>Mulled Wine-o</h3>
    A short list of ingredients is what will keep the calorie count down. In 20 minutes, you will have a seasonally spiced drink to keep you warm and toasty.
  • 1 bottle of red wine
  • 1 orange sliced
  • 1/4 cup Brandy
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 8-10 cloves
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
    Mix It: Combine all ingredients into a non-aluminum saucepan and bring to a simmer over high heat. Once it’s boiling, reduce the heat to medium-low and let it simmer for 15 minutes. Get the glasses ready… strain when pouring. Serve warm and enjoy this full spiced treat.
    Work it off with the ‘3 Leg Blasters’ routine!

    Rosemary Gin-a-fizz Tree

    This holiday inspired cocktail is easy and light to whip up for a festive treat.
  • 3 sprigs rosemary
  • 1 small squeezed lemon or pressed lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon of raw honey
  • 1 1/2 ounces of gin
  • 3 ounces club soda
    Mix It: In a shaker or small glass, muddle the fresh rosemary, lemon juice, and honey.  Fill the glass with ice and pour in the gin. If you have a shaker or a closed container, shake it hard. Pour into a drinking glass and top it off with the soda.
    Non-spiked alternative: leave out the gin.
    Work it off with the ‘3 Core Moves’ routine.


    Splurge on this mean green cocktail treat. It will satisfy your sweet tooth and put you in the holiday spirits.
      Ingredients: 2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or coconut milk if you prefer) 1 cup creme de menthe 1/2 cup Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
    Extra: Here’s an option to make a this an extra naughty, grinchy treat… Pour this drink over a scoop of coconut-based ice cream!
    Mix It: In a shaker, mix all ingredients together over ice. Shake hard… serve chilled, ‘up’ in a martini glass and garnish it with something festive!  (Makes 2 drinks.)
    Non-spiked alternative: Omit the liquor. Use unsweetened chocolate peppermint  almond milk instead of plain/ vanilla. (Trader Joes sells a great one!) Mix in the coffee for a little energy kick. Serve chilled or warm.

    HoHo CoCo Love

    Warm up with a boozy hot chocolate! This holiday sipper is big, bold, beautiful and overflows with festive goodness.
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/8 cup cacao powder
  • 1-ounce Amaretto, Baily’s, Kahlua or whipped cream vodka. All are great options in hot chocolate. My fav is Amaretto!
    Mix It: Heat the almond milk over light heat. While stirring, add in the cacao powder.  Once heated, pour into a mug and adding the alcohol of choice. Sip with pleasure!
    Extra: If you happen to be a coffee lover and have a Nespresso or a single coffee maker, add a coffee shot to this drink! It’s a delicious way to put an extra jump in your step.
    Non-spiked alternative: Omit the liquor. Make it skinny by using a non-dairy base and water. Add in some mini marshmallows or a scoop of whipped cream for an added treat.
    Sweat it off with the ‘3 Cardio Burners’ routine.


    Directions: Choose a specific workout to burn off extra calories on your Total Gym.
    Warm-up: Dynamically move for a few minutes to prepare your muscles.
    Workout: Perform the workout in circuit form, one after the other without breaks.
    REPS: 15-20
    SETS: 1+ (repeat the circuit depending on your time)

    Workout 1: 3 Cardio Burners

    Accessory: squat stand
    • Star jacks
    • Bicycle jog crunch
    • Pendulum jumps

    Workout 2: 3 Core Moves

    Whittle off the middle and develop your upper body strength with these core movements. It’s a dynamic trio to simultaneously train your body.
    Accessory: cables
    • Teaser roll up
    • Crunch & punch
    • Back extension sweeps

    Workout 3: 3 Leg Blasters

    Accessory: none
    1. Reverse lunge +pulse
    2. Lateral lunge +pulse
    3. Inner thigh sliders +pulse
    4. EXTRA BURN: Jump Lunges (then repeat circuit on other leg)
    Be sure to check out how these exercises are performed to blast off those extra holiday calories on your Total Gym.
    Let’s cheers to healthier, holiday drinks that raise your spirits, but not your jean size, so you can sip up a guilt-free festive treat!
      Happy Holidays!   Maria www.groovysweatstore.com @GROOVYSWEAT

    Maria Sollon

    Maria Sollon Scally MS, CSCS holds a Master’s Degree in Performance Enhancement/Injury Prevention and Kinesiology. She has obtained numerous certifications in various areas of fitness and is a national conference presenter. Maria specializes in Pilates, Performance Coaching, and Corrective Exercise Techniques and Kettlebells. She is the creator of the Plyo Pilates Method and has developed a series of amazing workout DVDs. She is a Master Trainer for Total Gym, Resist-a-Ball, Body Blade, Peak Pilates, Kettle Bell Concepts and is a freelance writer for Fitness accredited magazines, newsletters, and fitness blog sites. Maria demonstrates her knowledge each day and uses her dynamic creativity throughout her specialized line of work. http://www.groovysweat.com http://www.groovysweatstore.com (purchasable workout videos) http://www.youtube.com/groovysweat (workout clips)

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