One of the hardest things about getting beach-ready is feeling like you’re punishing yourself by abstaining from everything you love — but getting in shape for summer doesn’t have to mean deny yourself the fun things in life. Whether you’re working on your bikini body or just trying to cut down on indulgence, the ingenious mixology team at Bar Opus have come up with their own low-calorie twists on classic cocktails.
Each expertly made concoction is less than 180 calories, which is the equivalent of a cup of low-fat Greek yoghurt — so they can be enjoyed guilt-free. From the 178 calorie version of the timeless Gin Martini, which contains just Chase GB Gin, dry vermouth and a twist, to the refreshingly sweet 122 calorie interpretation of the Tom Collins with gin, lemon, sugar syrup and cherry, these lighter cocktails don’t skimp on the alcohol or the flavour.
This new menu has been specially created for sunny weather, and is best enjoyed out on the Bar Opus patio on warm afternoons; cocktails like the Greyhound, which contains Chase GB Gin, Aperol, pink grapefruit and rosemary garnish, and the French 75, with gin, prosecco and lemon juice, are simply summer in a glass.
Bar Opus is also delighted to be the first venue in Birmingham to offer Skinny Lager, a full strength, full flavour lager from SkinnyBrands Ltd which is gluten-free, suitable for vegans, and just 89 calories.
Available all summer and priced from £7 to £8.50, these skinny legends are the perfect addition to your summer squad.
Gimlet – 178 calories
Chase GB Gin, Roses Lime Cordial
Gin Martini – 176 calories
Chase GB Gin, Dry Vermouth, twist lemon zest
Gin & Tonic– 148 calories (or 97 if with slimline)
Chase GB Gin, Fevertree tonic water, grapefruit garnish
Tom Collins– 122 calories
Chase GB Gin, lemon juice, sugar syrup, soda water, lemon slice, and cherry to garnish
French 75– 140 calories
Chase GB Gin, lemon juice, sugar syrup, prosecco, lemon twist
Greyhound – 147 calories
Chase GB Gin, pink grapefruit, Aperol, grapefruit and rosemary garnish
Skinny Lager – 89 calories
PR by Clive Reeves PR in Birmingham