My favorite summer pastime? Lying poolside flipping through a trashy magazine with a frozen daiquiri in hand. Ahh ... The only hiccup to this spectacular scenario? The fact that after a bunch of those 266-calorie indulgences, I'd need a bigger bikini. Why, oh why, do all the yummy things in life have to be so dang fattening?
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But, what's a girl to do? Drop her favorite summer hobby in order to lose the love handles?
Fat chance. Mama likes her cocktails way too much for that. So, instead, I made it my mission to find some low-cal drink alternatives that taste just as good, or even better, than my delicious daiquiri. Guess what? Mission more than accomplished!
Here are 7 guilt-free concoctions, that'll let you have your cocktails -- and skimpy swimwear too.
1 oz. Tequila
3 oz. Watermelon
0.1 oz. Simple Syrup
0.1 oz. Soda water
5 Cilantro pieces
Squeeze of lime
1 Bamboo spike
Directions: Muddle the watermelon with the cilantro leaves in a cocktail shaker. Then add ice, simple syrup, and tequila. Shake vigorously and pour all contents into a rocks glass. Garnish with a piece of watermelon in a bamboo spike.
1 oz. vodka
2 oz. coffee
3 oz. light almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions: Combing all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Shake, then strain over ice into a cocktail glass.
SKINNY SAKE MOJITO
1/2 fresh lime
8 sprigs fresh mint
3 oz. sake
2-3 drops liquid Stevia (or to taste)
Directions: Muddle the lime and mint in a cocktail shaker, then add the sake and Stevia. (Taste a small amount to see if it's sweet enough and add more Stevia if desired.) Pour over ice, then top off with club soda and a lime wedge.
2 oz. Coconut rum
2 oz. Pineapple Juice (fresh or canned)
Directions: Add rum and pineapple juice to shaker filled with ice, cover and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a pineapple wedge.
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HEALTHY GIRL MARGARITA OR DAIQUIRI
Ingredients (makes 4 drinks):
1 cup coconut water
1/4 cup honey
1 packet Stevia
4 shots tequila (for margaritas) or rum (for daiquiris)
Juice from 1 lemon
Juice from 1 lime
6 fresh strawberries
1 cup ice
Directions: Puree all ingredients in a blender until smooth and frothy. Serve in chilled margarita glasses.
Peeled English cucumber
Zest of 1 lemon
1.75 liters of gin (any brand)
Directions: Wash all ingredients (except the gin, obviously) and tie the mint into a bundle. Put all ingredients into a pitcher, cover, and leave overnight. Then filter the liquid through a coffee filter and rebottle it. Now you can mix it however you like, but try serving it over ice with club soda and a squeeze of fresh lemon. Because of the natural sweetness of the strawberries and the flavor of the mint and cucumbers, you won't need to add sugar or anything else.
2 parts espresso vodka
1 part Coffee-mate Natural Bliss Low-fat Vanilla
Directions: Fill cocktail shaker halfway with ice, then add espresso vodka and Coffe-mate. Cover and shake for 10 seconds, then strain into a chilled martini glass.
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