Remember last year's New Year's resolution to lose that cocktail tummy? Yeah, that one. Well, we're plowing into the holiday season all over again and you've still got that cute little pot. Help is on the way in the form of a series of "fresh & skinny" cocktails served at the Yard House. Head mixologist Kip Snider shares a recipe for his tasty Juniper Fusion, which clocks in at somewhere between 115 and 170 calories. It's light in flavor as well: Cucumbers and strawberries enhance crisp gin that is spiked with tart lemon and lime juice.
Juniper Fusion by Kip Snider
Cucumbers and strawberries
1.5 ounces Hendrick's gin
1 ounce homemade citrus agave blend*
Dash of orange bitters
*To make the citrus agave blend, combine equal parts agave syrup with fresh-squeezed lemon and lime juices.
Muddle the cucumbers and strawberries in a shaker, add rest of the ingredients, put ice in the shaker and give it about five solid shakes. Pour into a bucket glass and serve.
Yard House, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., L.A. (213) 745-9273; http://www.yardhouse.com
— Jessica Gelt