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Grape Expectations, a Juicy July 4th #Cocktail

1 Jul

As some of you know, I have a love affair with grapes. I like to eat them and drink them in their fermented form :-). Sometimes we forget about plain ol’ grape juice. When I think of grape juice, I think of snack time as a kid. The little Dixie cup of grape juice with crackers or a cookie was the quintessential snack. However, grape juice isn’t just for kids. Did you know it actually is beneficial for cardiovascular health? Research suggests it may help keep your arteries clear, could aid in maintaining a healthy blood pressure, and has anti-clotting properties. So, why not celebrate grapes’ healthy  and tasty properties in a smart sip!

Try this tasty and colorful cocktail!

4 fluid ounces Welch’s 100% Grape Juice

1 fluid ounce tequila

A splash (~1 fluid ounce) of Ginger Ale

Mix it up…

Put ice in a cocktail glass. Add grape juice, tequila, and ginger ale. Stir and garnish with a couple of grapes on cocktail stirrer. Enjoy this refreshing bev and have a safe weekend!

Approximately 145 calories


Thirsty Thursday’s Chocolate Strawberry Shot

23 Jun

A friend of mine gave me a bottle of the new Godiva chocolate-infused vodka. It’s very tasty. You wouldn’t know the crystal clear liquid provides a velvety smooth chocolate flavor. I’ve mixed it a couple of ways but have found that it’s best super-chilled and all by itself. Well, almost…

This is a perfect after dinner bev!

First, muddle strawberries (one per glass) and place into shot glasses.

You can use whatever small, shot-like glasses you have.

Pour 1.5 ounces of the Godiva Chocolate-infused vokda.

Place on a tray and set in the freezer until ready to serve just don’t let the berry freeze.

Serve!     Sip!     Enjoy!

Approximately 90 calories…

The Fresh Watermelon-tini #cocktail

6 Jun

My friends, it’s hot! It’s REALLY hot here in Memphis (we’ve already topped 100 degrees a couple of times). While shopping I picked up two small, or personal (ha ha!), watermelons thinking I know I could make a deliciously smart sip with this! My vodka is chillin’ in the freezer and my fresh watermelon juice cooling in the refrigerator. It’s really that simple, and delicious!

Getting ready….

I have a FABULOUS blender called a Vitamix–it has 2 horsepower. While it’s no Aston Martin, it will pulverize anything!! This smart sip has less than 150 potassium-rich calories!

Cut the small watermelon in half, then cut into managable peices. Peel from the rind and put into the blender. Blend completely until it’s a thin liquid. Put the blender pitcher containing juice in the refrigerator to chill at least 3 hours.

Time to serve!

6 oz very cold, fresh watermelon juice

1 oz chilled vodka

Mix it up!! I’m serving 4 people so I just add the vodka to the pitcher and blend. Pour into chilled martini glasses. Garnish with a thin slice of watermelon. Stay cool!

It’s Thirsty Thursday-Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

5 May

Cinco de Mayo, or simply the 5th of May, is a celebration of Mexican army’s unexpected victory over the French almost 150 years ago in 1862. This is a day to remember who your friends are and heritage. So, it’s unlikely that there’s better day for a…. Frozen Raspberry Margarita!!

1 cup triple sec

1 cup tequila

1 12 fluid ounce light beer (yes, a beer)

Juice of 1 lime

~1 cup frozen raspberries

1 container sugar-free raspberry lemonade

Ice (about 4 cups)

Pour all the ingredients in your super blender. Fill the pitcher to the 2 quart mark with ice. Blend and enjoy!

Thirsty Thursday’s Limoncello Spritzer

14 Apr

As most of you know, I love all things Italian. One of my favorite Italian liqueurs is Limoncello. For some people it’s a little too lemony but not for me! I actually like it enough to have more than a few sips. That’s why we’re turning it into a sippin’ smart cocktail (but I’m sure you know a spritzer isn’t exactly a new concept).

Try it like this…

1 oz Limoncello

3-4 oz plain sparkling water

Place ice in a cocktail glass, pour in Limoncello and sparkling water. Gently stir and garnish with a sprig of fresh mint and/or slice of lemon. De-lish!

Approximately 75 calories

I love to serve this after my super fantastic puttanesca-try it!

***Did you know you could make your own Limoncello? Check it out!

Thirsty Thursday: Tart Cherry Fizz!!

24 Mar

I have to give credit where credit is due. My dietitian buddy, Wendy Jo Peterson, also know as the Roadie Nutritionist, gave me this fabulous and refreshing Spring coctail recipe. Did you know tart cherry juice is packed pull of antioxidants and may help active people recover more quickly from exercise? Give it a sip!


4 oz Lime Perrier or other brand

1 oz Vodka, the Roadie Nutritionist suggests Tito’s

1 oz Tart Cherry Juice

Muddled Mint

Put mint in cocktail glass, top with ice and pour in juice, vodka, and Perrier. Mix, sip, and enjoy!

Approximately 90 calories.