Friday, December 30, 2011

Low-Calorie Cocktails for New Years

If you are anything like me in that you love a good drink on New Year's Eve, here are some recipes so that you can enjoy the holiday without all of the calories that go along with some of our favorite drinks. I have tried all of these and they are tasty!! Enjoy and Cheers to the 2012!!

Blueberry Lime Margarita
Makes 2 servings at 125 calories each
2 cups ice
1 cup frozen blueberries
1cup blueberry nectar
1/4 cup seltzer
2 tbsp frozen limeade
1 tbsp lime juice
3 oz. tequila, optional
1 lime wedge
coarse salt

Combine ice, blueberries, blueberry nectar, seltzer, limeade, lime juice and tequila, if using, in a blender and blend until smooth. Rub rim of 2 glasses with lime wedge and dip in salt. Divide the margarita between the prepared glasses and serve.

Blueberry Ginger Bellini
Makes 4 servings at 185 calories each
1/2 cup blueberries
1 tbsp minced ginger
1 tbsp sugar
juice of 1/2 lemon
2 cups of blueberry juice
1/2 cup sparkling wine, divided (for my pregnant and non-drinking friends... use ginger ale or seltzer water)

Mash blueberries with ginger, sugar and lemon juice. Add blueberry juice and let steep for at least 5 minutes. Strain; divide among 4 champagne flutes. Top each with 1/2 cup sparkling wine.

Salty Chihuahua
Makes 4 servings at 188 calories each
Coarse salt for rim
4 oz. tequila, divided
2 oz. Cointreau or another orange-flavored liqueur
3 cups grapefruit juice, divided
4 grapefruit slices

Wet the rims of 4 glasses and coat with coarse salt (if desired); fill the glasses with ice. Pour 1 ounce tequila and 1/2 ounce liqueur into each. Top each with 3/4 cup grapefruit juice and stir. Garnish with a slice of grapefruit. 

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