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Healthier Summer Cocktail Options

Cocktailphoto © 2008 Kirti Poddar | more info (via: Wylio)With summer comes more cookouts, lake parties, happy hours on your favorite patio … you know the rest. And while we are out enjoying the weather, we are most likely enjoying more drinks as well. Nothing says summer fun like sipping margaritas and fruity frozen drinks, but lots of these summer drinks are loaded with calories and sugar.

Luckily, there are healthy options out there. Adjusting a few ingredients here and there will make for delicious summer cocktails that won’t risk compromising your teeny bikini summer body!

Here are a few of my summer favorites, perfect to make at home or call for at your favorite local bar or restaurant. Keep in mind that if you don’t like a particular liquor you can substitute another. A good rule of thumb to keep in mind is that most liquors contain from 75 to 125 calories per ounce.

Skinny Gin & Tonic

1 ½ oz Hendrick’s Gin

Diet Tonic Cucumber

Wheel Lime wedge

Substitution is key! An average gin and tonic has more than 200 calories; but by using diet tonic and a squeeze of lime juice, you will shave off 100 calories. Combine ingredients over ice and squeeze the lime into the cocktail. Garnish with the cucumber wheel.

Summer Spritzer

1oz Skyy Infusions Dragon Fruit Vodka

1 oz Skyy Infusions Citrus Vodka

¾ oz Lemon Juice

2 Strawberries

1 sprig of Mint

2-3 Lemon Wheels

Soda

In a shaker, muddle together mint and strawberries. Then add Skyy Citrus, Skyy Dragon Fruit and lemon juice, and shake vigorously with ice for 15 seconds. Pour contents of the shaker into a tall glass, fill with ice and top with soda. Yummy summer in a glass!

*muddle – To muddle is to combine ingredients, usually in the bottom of a glass, by pressing them with a muddler to press out the juice or flavors before adding the liquid ingredients. If you do not have a muddler, use the back side of a large spoon.

Poolside Berry Cooler

1 ½ oz Stoli Raspberry Vodka

2 oz Seltzer Water

1 oz Cranberry Juice

Pour ingredients over ice and garnish with a lemon wedge. For a sweeter taste, use lemon-lime soda in place of seltzer. And go ahead and throw in an umbrella to make it complete!

Lemonrita

1 ½ oz 1800 Silver Tequila

½ oz Triple Sec

2 ½ oz Light Lemonade

½ oz Lime Juice

Mix all ingredients in a mixing tin and shake vigorously. Pour over ice. To make them frozen, combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

A FEW HEALTHY TIPS TO REMEMBER: It’s not the alcohol that makes cocktails as calorie-heavy as a quarter pounder, so be careful what mixers you use with your favorite liquor. Use club soda or seltzer instead of Sprite and tonic to make them calorie free.

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