The last weekend of the summer season is approaching and like many of you I will be heading off to a cookout this weekend. My friend Margie likes to make fun, Latin inspired, and usually very sweet, cocktails treats for her guests. It’s a special occasion sort of thing with her and we all really enjoy it. There is only one drawback. These drinks are calories busters. Add on the potato salad, arroz con guandules (of course we have arroz at a BBQ!) and all those grilled meats and it’s downright scary. We’re talking a week’s worth of exercise and dieting to make up for a one day binge.
So this year we’re trying something a little different. We’ll keep the Latin themed cocktails but cutting down on the sugar content. It’s a simple concept but one I hadn’t thought about before – substituting flavored sparkling water for sugar laden juices and mixers.
Here are a few recipes we’ll be sampling. Why don’t you join us and let us know how it goes?!
Slim and Sparkling™ Tropical Cocktail Recipes
3 oz Lemon Lime Sparkling ICE
Splash of Triple Sec
Fresh Squeezed Lime
Shake and pour into a chilled rocks glass rimmed in salt
1 oz light rum
½ oz Mint Liqueur ½ oz fresh lime juice
3 Mint leaves 3 oz Kiwi Strawberry Sparkling ICE
In a cocktail shaker, muddle the mint leaves with the Mint Syrup. Fill the shaker with ice, and then add the rum, lime juice and Kiwi Strawberry Sparkling ICE. Shake vigorously and pour into a chilled glass
Garnish with fresh slices of kiwi
1 ½ oz pinot grigio
½ oz champagne
½ oz raspberry liqueur
3 oz Black Raspberry Sparkling ICE
¼ cup frozen berries