Wednesday, September 26The Voice of London

Booze Myths Busted…The Battle Of The Christmas Spirits

It’s time to accept it, Christmas is (almost) here. And Christmas means one thing in particular…booze, and lots of it. Move over Charles Dickens, there’s a new battle of the spirits this holiday season.

Words: Isabella Sullivan Subeditor: Gemma Smith 

Studies show dark spirits pack a more powerful hangover. Source: Creative commons

If you’re watching your waistline the difference between dark and clear spirits is really insignificant. The good news is that gin and vodka have the least amount of congeners (toxins that occur doe to the fermenting process and the evil we can blame for hangovers) than any other spirit, whilst whiskey has the most. So don’t feel too guilty about a skinny bitch or G&T fuelled festive season.

So what drink can you go for that will do the least damage?

We rounded up the top five boozy beverages that won’t hurt your health or your waistline (well not too much).

  1. Champagne. Champagne is pretty harmless, and what kind of Christmas would it be without it? A small glass comes in at just 100 calories, so stick to a few and you’ll be good to go.
  2. Dry white wine. A bit of wine is actually pretty good for you. It’s filled with antioxidants. These include flavanoids and nonflavanoids. Resveratrol (a nonflavanoid) has been shown to reduce blood clots and lower ‘bad’ cholesterol in rats. Calories tend to range from about 110 to 130 for a medium glass, which really isn’t that bad at all.
  3. Clear spirits. A single measure of vodka is just 55 calories and remember the clearer the spirit the clearer your head the next morning…
  4. A Manhattan. This delicious cocktail of bourbon, sweet vermouth and angostura bitters is actually not as calorific or bad for you as you’d think. The spirits are both pretty low in calories and Angostura bitters are alleged to have medicinal properties. It was reported to be a remedy for hiccups and can also be used as a cure for an upset stomach.
  5. Bloody Mary. Tomatoes, celery, Worcestershire sauce, it’s not hard to see why this hangover-curing, heavenly bevvy is full of vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants. It’s also made with vodka, the least calorific of all the spirits.

Almond milk chocolate martini recipe

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without Baileys, but does the sugar content make you cringe? Cold-pressed juice power house Imbibery have teamed up with Belvedere Vodka giving you an ‘intoxicating detox’. We picked their founders Lily and Meryl’s brains for a healthtastic boozy beverage. Their super creamy and delicious take on a chocolate martini will satisfy your sweet tooth without giving you cavities.

Chocolate Martini


One cup of almond milk – (we use Imbibery Almond Mylk, but any will do). Just be sure to read the label if you purchase almond milk as many have additives and extra sugars. If you’re not using Imbibery Almond Mylk, scrape the inside of a vanilla pod and add to the milk you’re using.

1 heaped tablespoon of cacao powder.

1/4 tsp lucuma powder.



Place all ingredients in a blender with a handful of ice cubes. Blend quickly. Add a measure of vodka (they recommend Belvedere) and either shake or blend for another 15 seconds.

Voila, a glass of creamy (healthy) goodness.