Low-Cal Cocktail: The Rosy Reindeer Cooler

Hello friends, how was your weekend? I had a very busy weekend but slept in both days, which was JOYOUS. I love sleep. A few weeks ago I was offered some samples of Angry Orchard Hard Cider to review. In general, I’m not a huge beer drinker (it’s too bitter for me), so when I first discovered Hornsby Cider a year or so ago, I fell in love. Since then I’ve dabbled in Crispin Cisder, Hornsby and Widers, but had never tried Angry Orchard so I jumped at the chance. (PS – Lambic is also a great choice for people who aren’t quite into traditional beers yet!)

Best mail delivery EVER!

I was a very happy blogger when this delightful package showed up at my door, and even more so when I cracked open my first bottle at a cool 190 calories and sipped my way to relaxation. The samples came with the below recipe, hand crafted by world famous mixologist Hayley Jenson. I decided to take a crack at it, and with a few minor substitutions, I present to you, the first ever Double Chin Diary cooking show, complete with a misbehaving cat on the counter and i-phone reading awkwardness.

Rosy Reindeer Cooler


2 medium strawberries, quartered (8 cals) (2g)
2 basil leaves, julienned (cut into thin strips – I didn’t have this, oh well!) (0 cals) (0g)
2 lime slices (10 cals) (0.5g)
½ oz (1 tbsp) simple syrup (18 cals) (1g)
1 oz  (2 tbsp) vanilla vodka (I used regular – came out great!) (60 cals) (0g)
4 oz (8 tbsp) Crisp Apple Angry Orchard Cider (70 cals) (7.5g)

=166 calories, 11 grams of sugar

Mixology: Muddle strawberries & basil in simple syrup. Squeeze & add the 2 lime slices. Fill glass with ice . Add 4 oz cider. Stir to incorporate ingredients. Garnish with strawberry & lime slice.

If you prefer watching a professional, check out the official video Angry Orchard sent me.


You can also browse tons of other lighter cider cocktail recipes at their website here – I can’t get enough of the cool angry tree illustration. If you’re in the mood for something lighter than beer and a little sweeter, you should definitely check out Angry Orchard – they even have an apple ginger version that has a great spicy little kick to it.

I’m a huge fan of Bailey’s Irish Cream, but I can’t even think about that drink without packing on about 19 pounds, as one serving is general around 330 calories. I’ll stick to cider this season, thank you very much!

When it comes to boozy beverages, how do you keep yourself calorically in check?

11 thoughts on “Low-Cal Cocktail: The Rosy Reindeer Cooler

  1. Hahahahah… I love the video! That was super cute!

    And I am able to reduce my calorie intake from alcohol by throwing it up afterwards, hahahahahha!

    Does that count?

  2. Great video! Love how your cat jumped up to say hello! My stand-by cocktail is Sailor Jerry with diet coke with a squeeze of lime. It’s simple, tastes great and is only 70 calories.

  3. If you like cider, I have four words for you: Fox. Barrel. Blackberry-Pear. Can bit a bit hard to find; I’ve had my best luck at BevMo, but not all of them seem to carry that flavor.

    It’s on the sweet side. No idea of the calorie count. But it is yumlicious.

  4. Yay! the reindeer made the video! 🙂 You are totally not awkward on camera (take it from someone who is undeniably awkward). The drink looks so good! where was this during the party??

  5. Yummy! you may be surprise to read this but if you add a little bit of avocado, it will give it a nice texture (remember avocados are good source of protein and essential fats, the good ones… lol)

    Good recipe!

  6. Hi I’m Frances I found you through an abc online article. You’ve got a future in cooking shows kid 😉 Love the kitty,
    Cheers. Look forward to returning for a visit soon.

  7. I LOVEEEEE the video! I have to try hard cider, my college BFF drank that exclusively but I never gave it a try. I can’t lie, I gagged through parts of the video because I am REPULSED by strawberries. UGHHHH. So gross. BUT I love me some drinks. I will have to check out what other drinks they have. I would suggest getting some vanilla vodka, it’s my FAVE. I like to mix it with diet ginger ale, it tastes like cream soda, SO DELICIOUS.

    I just love your cute little video! And Leo’s appearance :'( Hugs and have another cocktail!!!

  8. OH and meant to add that my mom found my sister’s mortar and pestle when she came home from college and accused her of it being a drug bowl. For concocting her drugs. So it’s a running joke in our family and we call them drug bowls. (She just really liked guacamole and made her own, LOL)

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