In New York City, the best kept secret is found in the Prohibition era establishment Flûte Bar & Lounge.

From hiding spirits underground to secret compartments for rendezvous, Flûte was always the underground place to go. Featuring champagne beverages mixed to perfection by staff mixologists, this bar and lounge knows how to escape the status quo.

In one of the best ways, of course.

As the second stop on my low-cal tour, I visited Flûte to taste two distinct drinks. The first was a specialty Prohibition-influenced drink called Intîme.

This is made from a traditional champagne méthode bottle, meaning the original wine was fermented twice while adding sugar and yeast to provide the sparkling aspect. This particular bottle of champagne cut the amount of added sugar in half, and the only other ingredient added to the beverage was a fresh piece of ginger. Ginger is known to help with indigestion, blood sugar balance, fatigue, and has many other health benefits.

Intîme has only 95 calories and a refreshing, lasting taste that will leave you craving another.

Intîme, cocktail and Intîme bottle, bartender presenting cocktail




  • Champagne
  • Fresh slice of ginger

Preparation: Combine ingredients in a coupe.

The second beverage was the Skinny 75, more commonly known as a French 75, but with less sugar.

This drink only has 75 calories (hence the name) and contains a splash of gin to give it the extra push you need. It’s the ideal summer cocktail. From the calorie count to the citrus-inspired taste, the lasting impression is refreshing and light in overall flavor.

skinny 75 cocktail with garnish on silver tray

Skinny 75

Skinny 75


  • ½ oz. Hendrick’s Gin
  • 1/3 barspoon sugar
  • champagne (to top)

Preparation: Combine sugar, wedge of lemon and lime and gin in pint glass add ice and shake well. Strain into a flute and top with champagne.

More low-calorie options in NYC to come. Follow me on Chilled Magazine to keep up to date with each stop on the tour.

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