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Just because Christmas is over doesn't mean the partying has finished. New Years is just a few days away and it is always one of the biggest celebrations of the year. If you're like many people you tend to make New Years resolutions that all revolve around weight loss and exercising. Why not give your New Years resolutions a head start with some healthy and low calorie cocktails made with Slimfast?

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DR Mixologist Darryl Robinson, the star of 'Drink Up' on the Cooking Channel has come up with three exciting new cocktails great for the holiday season that are easy to make, great tasting, forgiving to your waistline and made with Slimfast. First up the Chocolate Mint Oasis made with Slimfast limited edition Chocolate Mint Shake.

Chocolate Mint Oasis

4 oz. Slimfast Chocolate Mint Shake

1 oz. Orange-Flavored Cognac Liqueur

5 Mini Marshmallows

1 Orange Wheel Slice

Directions: Combine Slimfast Chocolate Mint Shake, orange-flavored cognac liqueur and ice; vigorously shake. Pour into a highball glass and garnish with mini marshmallows and an orange slice. For a virgin version, substitute orange-flavored cognac for freshly squeezed orange juice.

Instead of serving this drink individually consider making a punch bowl full and set on a table with small dishes of mini marshmallows and orange wheels and ice. Use a mini chalkboard with the name of the drink and instructions and let your guests make their own!

Next up the Chocolate Snowflake Martini:

Chocolate Snowflake Martini (Shaken)

3 oz. Slimfast Rich Royale Chocolate Shake

3 oz. Premium 100% Coconut Water

1 oz. Coconut Vodka

2 Tablespoons Fat Free Whipped Cream

1 Teaspoon Unsweetened Coconut Flakes

1 Cocktail Cherry

Directions: Combine and shake all liquid ingredients in an iced shaker; strain into a martini glass and top with fat free whipped cream, coconut flakes and cocktail cherry. For a virgin version, omit the Coconut Vodka.

Lastly, after the festivities have died down and you and your guests are relaxing and just enjoying each others company or even after dessert, why not serve up something warm and luxurious to the taste? For this final offering DR Mixologist Darryl Robinson offers up the Winter Warmer.

Winter Warmer (Stirred)

4 oz. Slimfast French Vanilla Shake

4 oz. Hot Coffee

1 oz. Irish Whiskey

1Ž2 Tablespoon Brown Sugar

2 Tablespoons Fat Free Whipped Cream

1 Cinnamon Stick

Directions: In microwave-safe mug, heat Slimfast French Vanilla Shake on HIGH for 30 seconds in microwave. Combine and stir Slimfast French Vanilla Shake, hot coffee, Irish whiskey and brown sugar in a coffee mug; top with fat free whipped cream and a cinnamon stick. For a virgin version, omit the Irish Whiskey and the brown sugar is optional.

All these drinks made with Slimfast come in at less than 200 calories each so there's no guilt for indulging a little during this season and celebrating with friends and family.

Darryl Robinson, better known as ‘DR Mixologist,’ is the star of “Drink Up” on The Cooking Channel where he spirits you away to a world of colorful cocktails from around the world. Darryl has shaken and stirred his way to center stage of the rapidly emerging cocktail culture with his engaging and flavorful personality, and innovative mixology talents. By teaming up with Slimfast, he is bringing to light the rise of mocktails and reduced calorie cocktails as more and more people are becoming conscious about drinking responsibly and are using drinking as a way to experience new flavors and textures.

'Drink Up' can be seen on the Cooking Channel every Friday at 8:30 am EST. Check your listings for channel information. For more information about DR Mixologist Darryl Robinson visit his site at http://drmixologist.com/ and for more information about Slimfast visit http://www.slimfast.com/.

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