Thursday Treat

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Low-Cal Cocktails

I am not much of a drinker but occasionally I will have a chilled glass of martini or two. But soon realized that these cocktails are loaded with calories so I decided to find some low-cal alternatives and thought I share. These are all delicious and have some health benefits without that after taste of guilt, just the way I like it, enjoy!!

All of these are 200 calories or less

1. Blueberry Julep

Blueberries helps decrease your risk for type 2 diabetes.

Ingredients:
1 1 oz bourbon
1/4 cup fresh blueberries muddled with 1 wedge of lemon and 1 tsp brown sugar + 2–4 oz seltzer

Direction:
Combine all ingredients and serve over ice in a chilled rocks glass. Garnish with a blueberry skewer.

2. Green Tea-ni

Drinking green tea can lower cholesterol, fight bad breath, and reduce body weight, and may even ward off cancer

Ingredients:
1 1/2 oz gin
4 oz brewed and chilled (or bottled) green tea
2 tsp honey
Ice

Directions:
Shake all ingredients in a shaker, then strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with lemon zest.

3. Kiwi Daiquiri

Kiwi packs a dose of fiber, which helps you stay fuller longer

Ingredients:
1 1/2 oz white rum
1 kiwi, peeled and quartered
1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1/4 tsp lime zest
2 1/2 tsp agave nectar
1 cup crushed ice

Directions:
Puree all ingredients in a blender. Serve in a chilled rocks glass and garnish with a kiwi slice.

4. Thyme Lemonade

The scent of lemon is a mood booster

Ingredients:
1 1/2 oz limoncello
5 sprigs fresh thyme muddled with 1 wheel of lemon
Ice
4 oz seltzer

Directions:
Shake everything but seltzer in a shaker. Pour over ice, top with seltzer, and garnish with a lemon wheel and thyme sprig.

5. Hibiscus Margarita

Research has found that hibiscus tea may naturally lower blood pressure

Ingredients:
1 1/2 oz tequila
4 oz brewed and cooled hibiscus tea (or try a bottle like The Republic of Tea Natural Hibiscus Iced Tea)
1 tsp agave nectar
Ice

Directions:
Shake all ingredients in a shaker, then strain into a chilled martini glass. Rub an orange peel around the glass’s rim, then use as garnish.

6. Nectarine-Basil Vodka Collins

Basil has been shown to lower blood glucose and cholesterol levels

Ingredients:
1 1/2 oz Square One Basil organic vodka
1 wedge of lemon muddled with 3 slices of nectarine and 1 tsp agave nectar
2–4 oz seltzer

Directions:
Combine ingredients in a chilled collins glass. Serve with ice and garnish with a nectarine slice.

7. When in doubt or feel too lazy to make yourself a cocktail, have a glass of champagne, it’s only 83 calories per serving; I like Moët Rose.

Photos: womenshealthmag.com & mintlovesocialclub.com
Recipes: womenshealthmag.com

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5 Responses to “Thursday Treat”

  1. Those all look quite tasty, unfortunately I’m not much of a drinker, ha ha
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  2. thankfifi says:

    wow – the green tea-ni and the blueberry julep sound right up my street.

    my fav cocktail (if you could even call it that) is good gin with slim tonic, a squeeze of fresh lime and a small splash of elderflower cordial.

    ♥ ThankFifi
    Thanks so much for your sweet comment today – can’t wait to see your #TheDailyDown – don’t forget to include me @thankfifi in the tweet so I can see :)

  3. these sound so refreshing!
    Xo Megan

  4. love it!!! I have to use one of these recipes! xo, Alma
    http://www.soulofashopper.com

  5. amy says:

    That blueberry julep looks delicious! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting on my website! Newest follower!

    Amy

    Leopard and Lillies

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