If you plan on having one (or a few) drinks to celebrate, but are looking to cut some calories, grab some Polar Seltzer to add luscious flavors and bubbles without sugar, sodium or carbs. Since 1901 Polar has been run and owned by the Crowley family, whose business involved selling spirits along with the mixers. Polar seltzer starts with triple-filtered water, adds extracted flavors and aromas from the real thing— lemon peel, vanilla beans, mint leaves— and finishes with lots of tiny bubbles shot into the water at almost freezing temperatures. There are a bunch of flavors to choose from: original, lemon, lime, cranberry lime, raspberry lime, vanilla, orange vanilla, black cherry, granny smith apple, pomegranate, cherry pomegranate, ruby red grapefruit, mandarin, Georgia peach, strawberry, blueberry, triple berry. Add any one of these to a gin or vodka, and, voila!, you’ve got a low-cal drink. In honor of St Patrick’s Day, have the cocktail or pretty dessert cocktail below. Bottles available in NYC at Fairway, Morton Williams, Gristedes, Gourmet Garage, Shoprite, and other places.
35 ml (your favorite Irish) whiskey
10 ml apple schnapps
25 ml unfiltered apple juice
10 ml lime juice
pinch of cinnamon
Polar® Granny Smith Apple Seltzer to taste
Granny Smith Apple, sliced thin for garnish
Combine all ingredients into cocktail shaker, add ice. Swirl to chill. Strain into a rocks glass over quality ice. Garnish with apple slices
THE IRISH EGG CREAM
Creme de Menthe
vanilla ice cream
Polar® Vanilla Seltzer
Add a generous amount of Creme de Menthe to the bottom of a goblet. Add one scoop of ice cream and then slowly top with Polar Seltzer.