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New cocktails for waistline watchers

Published:  03 November, 2011

The newly refurbished Rockwell Bar in London's Trafalgar Hotel is introducing a range of cocktails targeted at health conscious, calories counting drinkers.

The new cocktail collection has been developed by bar manager Antonio Vigorito in association with nutritionists Susie Willsher and Kyla Williams.

The amount of calories in each drink is printed on the cocktail list, something that Rockwell claims is unique to them, and the nutritional value or potential health-giving property of each ingredient is specified.

Vigorito came up with the idea having noticed that his customers were becoming increasingly concerned about the alcoholic content and nutritional value of everything they ordered. All his new recipes shun syrups and all fruit purees and cordials are home made allowing him to reduce sugar and calorie content across the range without sacrificing taste.

Cocktails on offer include Sweet Gingerol - a non-alcoholic mix of fresh ginger, lime and agave syrup, finished with soda water and fresh mint leaves. It contains 34 calories and is said to help to reduce a sore head and an upset stomach thanks to the ginger.

Vanillin Thoughts is a Champagne-based cocktail containing 151 calories and made with homemade vanilla infused vodka. "Vanilla's active compound vanillin is a powerful antioxidant that has been shown to keep brain cells healthy," according to Rockwell.

Another creation, labelled as "Wickedly Good" is called Eye Candy. It has 270 calories and uses mango juice and passion fruit containing vitamins B and C and beta-caroten essential for healthy eyesight.