Giveaway: Tickets for Seasonal Sips

CONTEST COMPLETE – And the winner is….Courtney Duffy Coyle, a member of our Falconbridge club! Enjoy the game!

Thank you to all who contributed recipes – they sound delish (and diet friendly)!


We have TWO tickets to the UNC vs. Long Beach State basketball game this Saturday, Dec. 11, at 7:00 p.m. and YOU have the chance to win them.

Here’s how:

The holidays are a time for celebration – and that means lots of cold (or hot) beverages to taste.  Most seasonal sips are pretty high in calories, but we know there have to be some great lighter options out there to swap! Do you have a favorite low-cal holiday drink recipe?

For example: A Low-Fat Eggnog recipe from Food Network.

Share your favorite low-cal holiday drink recipe below in the comments section to enter to win tickets to the game!

**Submit your comment by 3:00pm WEDNESDAY (12/8) to be eligible!**

(You must be able to pick up the tickets at the O2 Corporate Office in Raleigh by Friday, 12/10, before 5:30pm)

7 Comments(s)

  1. Ryan Gregg says:

    Since Christmas is characterized by constantly being busy with food prep, shopping for gifts, preparing the house for family and friends, and fighting the winter cold, what better was is there to relax and enjoy a nice cup of low-calorie holiday chocolate to shake off the cold. It’s delicious and easy to make!

    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Total Time: 5 minutes
    4 cups non-fat milk
    2 Tbsp plus 2 tsp brown sugar
    1 Tbsp plus 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
    1/8 tsp vanilla extract
    4 small peppermint candy canes
    1. Place the milk, brown sugar, cocoa powder, and vanilla in a medium-sized saucepan. Mix well with a wire whisk. Warm the mixture over medium heat until cocoa is comfortably warm, stirring constantly.

    2. Divide the cocoa evenly among 4 mugs, and place one small candy cane in each mug as a garnish.

  2. Jordan P says:

    Not sure if I was supposed to leave this on the blog or the facebook, so here it is again!!

    I used to LOVE that Starbucks Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha, but with over 10 grams of fat and almost 400 calories, it was KILLING my diet. HOWEVER, after scouring the internet last year for something new, I found a lower-cal, low-fat re…cipe that still quenches my thirst.

    2 packets Swiss Miss Diet hot cocoa mix
    1 tsp. instant coffee
    2 tsp. Coffee-mate Sugar Free French Vanilla powdered creamer
    2 no-calorie sweetener packets (like sweet n’ low)
    1/4 tsp. peppermint extract
    1/3 peppermint candy cane (standard size), crushed
    2 tbsp. Fat Free Reddi-wip

    Add contents of cocoa packets into a tall mug or glass. Then add instant coffee and powdered creamer. Next, pour in 12 ounces of hot water, stirring until cocoa and creamer have completely dissolved. Stir in the peppermint extract and sweetener. on top, add a bit of Reddi-wip, and then sprinkle the crushed candy cane pieces over the whipped topping.

    Like that peppermint bark in a cup!! Mmmm.

  3. Katie Collins says:

    A fragrant twist on the Screwdriver that will warm you up in no time!

    8 oz vodka
    2 ounces seltzer
    4 ounces cranberry juice
    2 ounces limoncello
    1 Rosemary spear with fresh cranberries for garnish

    In a small pitcher filled halfway with ice, mix together vodka, cranberry, seltzer and limoncello. Strain into ice-filled rocks glasses and enjoy!

  4. I found this recipe online a few years back…
    It’s like a festive cranberry punch. Mix equal parts chilled sparkling water, cold-brewed tea and cranberry-apple juice & serve over ice. The website said that each cup has only 45 calories and zero fat. Sounds pretty healthy to me! Plus, if you want to be really fancy you could make your own ice disks with fruit in them too.

  5. Courtney Coyle says:

    Pomegranate Prosecco!

    Cut out all of the extra mixers (and calories) with this simple, festive and elegant and delicious adult spirit!

    Just place several pomegranate seeds in the bottom of a champagne flute and fill with prosecco. Also, feel free to add a dash for pomegrante juice to add a little blush to your cocktail.

  6. Brian Denoo says:

    Here is a warm Christmas Punch that my wife makes:

    1 bottle (32 ounces) cranberry juice
    1 can (32 ounces) pineapple juice
    1/3 cup red-hot candies
    1 cinnamon stick (3-1/2 inches)(optional for your glass)

    Add cranberry juice, pineapple juice and red hots in a crockpot or pot on the stove and heat until warm and red hots are melted. Serve with a cinnamon stick if you wish.


    This is perfect for anyone in the family young or old!

  7. Dana says:

    Entering on behalf of my daughter!!

    Mulled wine is a favorite at our house in the winter:

    * 1 bottle (750 ml) dry red wine, such as Merlot
    * 1 cup water
    * 1/4 cup splenda (or to your taste preference)
    * 3 whole cloves
    * 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    * 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
    * Pinch of ground allspice
    * 2 strips fresh orange peel
    * 2 strips fresh lemon peel

    Very simple, all you do is combine wine, water, sugar, cloves, nutmeg, cardamom, allspice, orange and lemon peel in a large saucepan. Bring to a simmer over low heat. Simmer for 20 minutes. It fills the house with great smells AND red wine is heart healthy!!

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