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Rasberry Lemonade-gria

Would you find ‘Lemonade-gria’ in Webster’s Dictionary? Mmm, probably not.  But making up words is fun!  And so is making up cocktails – this Lemonade-gria is a perfect combination of the refreshing taste of Lemonade and Sangria – and it’s light and low on calories, at only 5 WW points per serving!

Rasberry Lemonade-gria

INGREDIENTS
*yields six glasses

1 bottle sauvignon blanc

2 shots of vodka

1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
(about 2-3 large lemons)

1/4 cup Rasberry infused simple syrup
(recipe below)

1 cup water

seltzer water
(I used lemon flavored)

1 small container of rasberries

1-2  lemons sliced for garnish

Ingredients for Rasberry Infused Simple Syrup

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup stevia
(6 individual packets)

1 small container of fresh rasberries

1) To make simple syrup: Combine the 1/4 cup of water, 1/4 cup of stevia and rasberries in a small sauce pan.  Mash the rasberries with the bottom of a wooden spoon to infuse the juice of the rasberries, and simmer with other ingredients for about 3-5 mintues.  Strain fruit from syrup and let cool.

Rasberry Lemonade-gria

Rasberry Lemonade-gria

2)  To make Lemonade’gria-  In a large pitcher, combine the sauvignon blanc, vodka, lemon juice, water and simple syrup and mix together.  Add the rasberries and lemon slices and chill for 4-6 hours or overnight.  (the longer the better!)

Rasberry Lemonade-gria

3)  Pour 1 cup of the mixture in a glass with ice and top the rest off with seltzer water.  Garnish with lemon.

 Cheers to healthy cocktails and made up words!

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Kiwi Mojitos

Yesterday, Dave and I celebrated our 4 month anniversary 🙂

Those of you out there who are married know how fast the big day goes by – you plan for weeks, months, years even, making sure every last detail is perfect.  You lay awake at night (as your “not-stressed-about-the-details” fiance snores away next to you)  wondering if it’s all going to go according to plan, playing it all out in your head over and over and over.  Then the day finally comes and it’s a blur of aisle walking downage, photo taking, bite of cake eating, 2 bites of dinner eating, “thank-you for coming” repeating,  dancing (if you’re lucky) and BOOM it’s over – like THAT!

Kiwi MojitosFor us, selecting the perfect signature drink for the night was a big deal.  We did lots of brainstorming, and once we figured out what the perfect drink was, we did lots of research and experimentation – and the perfect drink was a Kiwi Mojito, a tribute to our honeymoon trip to New Zealand, a.k.a “kiwi land”.  I remember at the wedding, seeing our perfectly planned out Kiwi Mojito in the hands of many guests, thinking “augh, man I gotta get my hands on one of those!” and then next day, as we reminisced over our wedding day, that we couldn’t believe had just come and gone, we both realized that we never got to try one of those damn mojitos! DOH!

So hey, better 4 months late than never, eh?

 

Kiwi Mojitos

INGREDIENTS
*yields 2 drinks – it is  only Monday afterall!

2 kiwis, quartered

6 tbsp. kiwi/mint infused simple syrup
(recipe below)

2 shots of light rum

juice of 2 limes

10 mint leaves, chopped

seltzer water
(I used lime flavored)

FOR SIMPLE SYRUP

2 kiwis, quartered

6 splenda packets

1/2 cup water

10 mint leaves

1)  To make the simple syrup:  break up the 2 sliced kiwis with the bottom of a wooden spoon to release the juices, then add the 10 mint leaves, 1/2 cup water and splenda and boil over low heat until all the splenda dissolves.  Drain the syrup through a mesh strainer and let cool.

Kiwi Mojitos

Kiwi Mojitos

Kiwi Mojitos

2) Take the rest of the kiwi slices and blend in a food processor or blender.

Kiwi Mojitos

3) In a cocktail shaker, combine the blended kiwi, 6 tbsp. of simple syrup, 2 shots of rum, juice of 2 limes and chopped mint leaves.  Muddle with the end of a wooden spoon or muddler and then shake until fully combined.

Kiwi Mojitos

4) Fill a tall glass with ice and fill half with the kiwi/rum mixture and top the remainder off w/ seltzer water.

Boy were these worth the 4 month wait!  They tasted fresh and light, a great summer time drink that all in all, isn’t too bad for you either! Using the splenda in the simple syrup can really save some calories, but of course you can use sugar.  It should also be noted that by mistake, I bought Gold Kiwis – which I didn’t even know existed! However, they tasted pretty much the same and made the drinks really pretty!

Kiwi Mojitos

Gold Kiwis – who knew?

So Happy Monday, and cheers to 4 months!

Kiwi Mojitos

Mojitos with umbrella straws on a Monday – oh and Dave wanted me to point out his mustache too


Blueberry Beergaritas

What a weekend!

Katie and Sarin’s wedding was fantastic – Katie looked beauuuuutiful, and despite the heat, everyone had a great time and loved their Chocolate covered pretzels! (even if they were a little on the melted side)

ChocolateCovered Pretzels

That’s a happy pretzel eater!

After all that dipping though, I needed a cocktail, big time.  And it was a perfect weekend to try a new drink! I’ve had margaritas on the brain with all this beautiful weather,  more specifically, though, Beergaritas.  I’ve seen a few recipes for this delicious combo of tequila and beer and while it sounds dangerous, it also sounds delicious!

One of my favorite summer time drinks is a nice cold Blueberry beer, especially when it has nice, plump, beer soaked blueberries bobbing on the top of it!  So I adapted this recipe from Eat Yourself Skinny, swapping out the regular beer for Blueberry beer, and infusing the limeade with fresh Blueberries!  OMG.

Blueberry Beergaritas
Adapted from Eat Yourself Skinny

INGREDIENTS
*yields 4 Blueberry Beergaritas

1 cup Blueberry Limeade
(recipe below)

2 shots of your favorite Tequila

1 – 6oz package of fresh blueberries

2 – 12oz. bottles of your favorite Blueberry Beer

INGREDIENTS FOR LIMEADE

1 – 6 oz container of fresh blueberries

zest of 2 limes

1.5 cups of water

1/2 cup splenda (or sugar)

2/3 cup fresh lime juice
(juice of about 8-10 limes)

1) To make Blueberry Limeade: Dump the fresh blueberries in a medium saucepan.  Take a fork or bottom of a wooden spoon to break the skin of the blueberries (this will help the juice from the berry to mix into the limeade).  Add the lime zest, water and splenda and heat over medium heat until the splenda dissolves completely.  Strain the blueberries and lime zest from the Limeade with a mesh strainer.  Let mixture cool at room temperature and then stir the fresh lime juice in.  Chill for about a 1/2 hour.

Blueberry Beergaritas

Blueberry Beergaritas

2)  For Blueberry BeerGaritas: In a cocktail shaker, take 2 shots of tequilla and 1 cup of Blueberry Limeade and shake for a few seconds until fully combined.

3) Place a few blueberries at the bottom of 4 margharita glasses (and ice if you like).  Distribute the tequilla/limeade mixture into the four glasses.

Blueberry Beergaritas

4)  Top the rest of each glass off with the 2 bottles of Blueberry beer (you could also just pour the ingredients all into one pitcher as well – either way it yields about 4 Beergaritas.)

Blueberry Beergaritas

Blueberry Beergaritas

 And to answer your question – yes, these are as good as they sound!!!!

I hope you all had a fantastic long weekend – bring on summer!


Skinny Strawberry Mojitos

So I know, it’s Sunday – and I’m posting Thirsty Thursday’s cocktail – I’m a bad blogger!  This weekend in Boston was AMMMMAZZZZZNG so I was trying to take advantage of the fabu weather (this is New England afterall – it could be snowing tomorrow).

BUT, I do have a delicious cocktail recipe for you guys, whether it’s for Thirsty Thursday or Friday or Saturday – or heck maybe even Sunday! Who said you can’t enjoy a cocktail on the Sabbath?

I had bought some herbs at a local farmers market, one of them being mint.  I love the smell of fresh mint. It’s just so – minty.  And this mint plant really seemed to take off all of a sudden! And I was afraid that if I didn’t start snipping it and doing something with it, it would die.

Skinny Strawberry Mojitos

So what’s the first thing I think of when I think of great uses for fresh mint?  MOJITOS, obvi!  So I decided to make my own mint infused simple syrup.  Most mojito recipes call for simple syrup and mint as well.  So why not infuse the mint into the simple syrup?

The mint simple syrup was super easy to make – 3 ingredients (I swapped out the sugar with Splenda to save some calories) – splenda, water and mint leaves.

Mint Simple Syrup
Adapted from Epicurious.com

INGREDIENTS

1 cup water

1 cup splenda (24 mini packets – oof)

1.5 cups packed mint leaves

1) Chop mint. In a saucepan bring sugar, water and mint to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Simmer syrup, undisturbed, 2 minutes. Pour syrup through a fine sieve, pressing hard on solids, and cool.

Skinny Strawberry Mojitos

Skinny Strawberry Mojitos

Skinny Strawberry Mojitos

Skinny Strawberry Mojitos

You can use this right away, or let it sit for up to a week.  It’s so yummy!

Skinny Strawberry Mojitos

Skinny Strawberry Mojitos

INGREDIENTS

3 strawberries, sliced

10 mint leaves, chopped

Juice of 1/2 lime

1.5 oz rum

1 tsp. powdered strawberry drink mix, like Crystal Light

1 tbsp. mint simple syrup

Seltzer water or Club Soda

1) Take the strawberry slices, chopped mint leaves and the lime juice and muddle at the bottom of a cocktail shaker until combined.

Skinny Strawberry MojitosSkinny Strawberry Mojitos

2) To the muddled mixture, add the rum, strawberry drink mix and simple syrup to the cocktail shaker. Shake for about 10-15 seconds until the liquid is fully combined with the muddled fruit.

3)  Fill a glass with ice – pour the mixture from the cocktail shaker into the glass and then fill the remainder of the glass with seltzer or club soda.

So, by the power vested in me, go – go now – make yourself one of these mojitos! I’ts Sunday, tomorrow’s Monday, so that means you need to live up these last few hours of the weekend as much as possible. And I would advise doing it with one of these in your hand (maybe in both hands! They’re skinny, so you can have two….or three…..or ten:))

Skinny Strawberry Mojitos


Skinny Margharita Pops

Is this the easy and delicious week or what?

This recipe my friends, is again – easy – healthy – and delicious.  Three ingredients.  Three Weight Watchers Points.  It’s my Cinco de Mayo gift to you!

Does anyone else love Bethenny? I feel like people either love her or hate her (Dave I hate to say is not in agreeance with me on her fabulousness – there’s been many a fight on Monday nights during Bethenny Ever After as to our conflicting opinions on her overall character)  But for me personally, one of my favorite things about her is her Skinny Girl line of drinks, that allow us gals (and maybe guys) watching our figure to still indulge in our favorite cocktails without the guilt (and we still get the buzz!)

So when trying to figure out a fun Cinco de Mayo treat, I thought of popsicles – but Tequila doesn’t freeze! (or according to many a google search, you have to have a super freezer to get alcohol to freeze – we’re lucky if our freezer keeps a pint of Ben and Jerry’s frozen)  So I turned to Bethenny’s Skinny Girl Margharita, the original liquid genius and came up with a plan B.

And here is plan B 🙂

Skinny Strawberry Margharita Pops

INGREDIENTS
(makes about 9 pops)

1 Bottle of SkinnyGirl Margharita

1 bag of frozen strawberries (or box of fresh)

1 – 2 individual Strawberry flavored drink mix (such as Crystal Light)

5 oz Dixie Cups

Popsicle Sticks

1)  Place first three ingredients in a blender and blend until combined.

2) Take 1/2 cup of the mixture and pour it into each dixie cup (1/2 cup = 4oz)

Skinny Girl Pops

3) Place in the freezer for about an hour.  After an hour, the mix will have frozen a bit, and at this time you can put the popsicle sticks in and they will stand up on their own.

4) Let freeze a couple more hours or overnight (SGM freezes pretty fast!)

5) Remove from dixie cups – garnish with lime wedge and salt/sugar if desired (that will increase the WW points)

As a fair warning, these bad boys melt pretty fast, so while I don’t wish a brain freeze on anyone, try to make it speedy when eating these!

That’s it! Go crazy! Ay ay ay ay ay!!!!! Fiesta! Happy Cinco de Mayo!

 Skinny Margharita Pops


Ok folks – I know it’s not Thirsty Thursday, but it is Saturday, and a GORGEOUS one at that! Sunny and 70’s here in Boston – my idea of the perfect day.

It is also game 5 of the Bruins vs. Capitals – and as much as I tried to convince Dave to try to find an ‘outdoor’ location in which we could sit outside, have a beer and still get to watch the game, he wasn’t having it.  So while he was sitting on the couch cursing the Bruins (who sadly ended up losing :(), I thought to myself, “Whelp, I’m making myself a cocktail”.

It’s the perfect day for ice cream – and I was thinking of a way to incorporate a frozen treat into cocktail form.  And I thought of the old classic – an Orange Creamsicle – orange and vanilla working together to make magic.

Instead of using orange sherbert, I found these great Tangerine Fruit bars made by Edy’s – only 80 calories each!  And I thought those might hold their form once melted a little better than sherbert.  That, with a couple other ingredients should make the perfect frozen treat turned cocktail!

Orange CreamsicleTini

INGREDIENTS

1 Edy’s Tangerine Fruit Bar, removed from the stick (or probably any orange flavored popsicle will do if you can’t find those)

1 shot of vodka

2 tbsp. light cool whip

1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

couple ice cubes

1) Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix on ‘ice crush’ setting for about 20 seconds, til’ fully combined

2) Pour mixture through a strainer into a martini glass to filter out the ice pieces.

3) ENJOY!

So an 80 calorie fruit pop + 1 shot vodka + light cool whip and  vanilla extract, you’ve got yourself a low fat/calorie cocktail that’ll act like a time machine – because it’s just like that yummy treat on a stick you ate as a kid on a hot summer day on your grandmother’s front step after the ice cream truck made the rounds on her street.

Only now, you drink it out of a martini glass…and there’s vodka in it!

Guess growin’ up ain’t so bad afterall!


It’s another Thirsty Thursday – and it’s game 4 of the Bruins vs. Capitals playoff series – and man has it been a nail biter so far!  Luckily for me though, I did not spend this Thursday at home alone – Dave had a hockey game last night, so tonight, he’s home, and ready to participate in the awesomeness that is Thirsty Thursday 🙂  Since last week’s Stanley Cup seemed to bring some luck to the Bruins (or that’s what I tell myself anyway) I thought I’d give a Bruins themed cocktail a go again. 

I have been seeing a lot of recipes for blueberry vodka w/ lemonade, which sounds amazing.  So I took this recipe from Keep It Simple Foods and modified it to make it Bruins appropriate – how’d I do it? Swapped ‘Blue’berries with ‘Black’berries!  Genius!

This drink is coming to you 24 hours in the making, as the recipe calls for infusing the vodka with the blackberries overnight, to give the flavors time to meld (i.e. give the blackberries plenty of time to soak in as much vodka as possible) So last night, that’s what I did, and boy was it hard to wait a whole day!

Basically, I took a carton of blackberries (which equals about 1/2 cup – well more if I hadn’t eaten some), put them in a mason jar, and filled to the top (or almost the top) with Vodka.  Then tick-tock, tick-tock…..

Tonight, I got home, opened the fridge, and the vodka had turned a beautiful shade of purple (or ‘black’ – right) and I was ready to start shakin’!

Bruins Black and Yellow

INGREDIENTS

1.5 oz (1 shot) Blackberry infused vodka

3 oz (2 shots) water

1.5 oz (1 shot) simple syrup (I made my own cal’ friendly version with 1/4 cup of water and 6 splenda packets – makes enough simple syrup for 3-4 drinks, incase you’re extra thirsty!)

Juice of 2 Lemons

Splash of seltzer (optional – I used Polar Triple Berry)

1)  First step is to drain the vodka from the mason jar, using a strainer to separate the vodka from the berries (and save those berry! That is valuable fruit and booze!)

Hello Blackberry Vodka - I waited a long time for you!

Don't be fooled by these innocent looking berries - they pack a mean punch

2) In a cocktail shaker mix blackberry vodka, water, lemon juice and simple syrup – shake a minute or so.  If you think the lemon juice is too tart, you can always add more simple syrup.

3)  Fill a glass with ice and the berries from the jar, pour the mixture over ice, and then top off with seltzer water (if you like the fizz)

4) Garnish with a lemon and enjoy!

I gotta say, this is probably my favorite TT drink so far – it is light and refreshing, the perfect summer drink! I was really hoping it’d be a little more ‘black and yellow’, but pink is a good alternative I suppose.  And the best part is that all in all, it’s a pretty healthy drink, made with all fresh fruit and simple syrup made with splenda (and that means you can drink more of them!)

Unfortunately it didn’t bring a win to the Bruins, but two of these delicious libations definitely helped to soften the blow of the loss for their biggest fan 🙂

Spotted - Dave - drinking a pink cocktail - in a Bruins jersey - Cam Neely would be horrified



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