Fabio's Date Night Survival Guide: Cocktails

While Fabio's date waits for him at an upscale bar, he gives us the skinny on how to make delicious low-calorie, scandalous drinks.


  • Skip the sugary syrups and reduce calories with natural flavor. Stevia, agave and pomegranate syrups all have great sweetening qualities without excessive sugar.
  • Muddling fruits and vegetables into a drink (mashing them up and straining them), imbues fresh flavors without adding calories.
  • To take champagne or sparkling wine over the top, combine it with absinthe.


Recipes courtesy of The Library Bar at Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

Currant AttractionCurrant Attraction

Yield: 1 cocktail


5-7 red and black currants (substitute: raspberries and blueberries, respectively)

4 wild arugula leaves

¾ oz. fresh lime juice

¾ oz. agave nectar

juice of one blood orange

2 oz. tequila


In a cocktail shaker, add the first five ingredients in layers, in order.

Muddle all the ingredients together.

Add tequila and 2 cups ice.

Cover the shaker and shake vigorously.

Using a cocktail strainer over a sieve, double-strain the cocktail into a rocks or Collins glass filled with ice.

Garnish with a slice of blood orange.


Love and Death in the AfternoonLove and Death in the AfternoonLove and Death in the Afternoon

Yield: 1 cocktail


¼ oz. HoneyLeaf Stevia Syrup, or agave nectar

¼ oz. hibiscus syrup, pomegranate syrup, or Crème de Cassis liqueur

½ oz. Absinthe

¾ cup champagne, chilled


Pour the HoneyLeaf Syrup, hibiscus syrup and Absinthe into a champagne flute.

Stir to combine.

Fill the glass with champagne and serve.