Hotel Bars Offer "Skinny" Low-Cal Cocktails

If your clients are looking to enjoy a summer cocktail but also want to fit in their swimsuits, there's hope: Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has put together a collection of "skinny drinks" with ingredients such as agave nectar, coconut water and organic honey from the hotels’ rooftop apiaries.

At the Fairmont Pacific Rim’s Lobby Lounge in Vancouver, bartender Grant Sceney’s “Bali Hai” combines pear and thyme-infused gin, agave nectar, fresh lime, ginseng tincture and coconut water and has less than 200 calories.

Just a few blocks away at The Fairmont Waterfront, the bartenders' signature cocktail, “Herons Basil and Rooftop Honey Collins” has 180 calories, with Plymouth Gin, soda, the hotel’s rooftop honey syrup along with fresh hand-pressed basil leaves and lemon juice. (The addition of basil leaves gives the skinny sip an extra surge of flavor without adding additional calories.)

Out East, Toronto’s Fairmont Royal York has a whole menu of Skinny Sips, a selection of cocktails and aperitivos all weighing in at less than 250 calories. The drinks incorporate unique, local ingredients such as house-made sugar-free orange liqueur and organic rooftop lavender and honey from the hotel’s rooftop garden and beehives.

At The Fairmont San Francisco’s Laurel Court Restaurant & Bar, the hotel’s bar staff have created the “Skinny Daisy” martini, a mix of Belvedere citrus, lemon juice, Fruit Lab Organic Jasmine Liqueur and Splenda syrup. (Tip: Burn off the 220 calories with a walk around the hills of San Francisco.)

On Mexico’s Riviera Maya, guests of Fairmont Mayakoba can try a “Cucumber & Habanero Margarita” with fresh cucumber and habanero chili mix, tequila, fresh lime juice and agave nectar, to the tune of 87 calories.

At the Fairmont Le Montreux Palace on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland, the team at Harry’s New York Bar have the “Skinny Bikini,” with red apple, cinnamon, five-spice powder, Mandarine Napolean and Magner’s cider. The cocktail has 165 calories.

And this month, bartenders at Fairmont Heliopolis & Towers in Cairo will be launching a collection of nearly 30 skinny drinks like the “Skinny Margarita” and “Sugar-Free Whiskey Sour.”

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