Labor Day weekend is here again, and with it comes plenty of festivities and fun! With the end of summer drawing near, most of us want to kick back with a refreshing drink (or two!) and enjoy the warm weather while it lasts. However, it can sometimes be tricky sticking to a sensible diet with all of the fruity frozen coladas and monster margaritas served at pool parties and backyard barbecues. These innocent-looking libations can easily pack up to 700 calories; even more than those cheeseburgers sizzling on the grill! You shouldn’t have to give up your favorite beverages just because you’re watching your waistline, so we’ve uncovered five fabulous cocktail recipes that will spare you some calories but still allow you to kick back and enjoy your Labor Day weekend, drink in hand!
1. Pina Colada Cooler
- 1 1/2 oz. coconut flavored rum
- 3 oz. pineapple juice
- 4 oz. sparkling water
- 1 tbs. Coco Lopez Cream of Coconut Lite (you can find this in the drink mixer section of most grocery stores)
Pour ingredients over ice and stir.
2. Raspberry Refresher
- 1/2 cup ice
- 8 oz. Minute Maid Light Raspberry Passion
- 1 1/2 oz. vodka (or raspberry flavored vodka)
Combine ingredients in a blender. Garnish with fresh raspberries if desired.
3. Made-over Mojito
- 2 oz. light rum
- 1 oz. Splenda syrup
- 1 oz. lime juice
- 7 mint leaves
- splash of club soda
- 1 lime wedge
In a shaker, muddle together mint leaves and lime wedge. Add ice and other ingredients and shake. Pour into tall glass and top with soda.
4. Slimmer Sangria (makes 10 eight-oz. servings)
- 1 12 oz. can mango juice
- 1 12 oz. can pineapple juice
- 1 liter seltzer
- 1 bottle white wine
- your favorite fruit (pineapple/orange slices and strawberries work well)
Slice up the fruit. Combine all ingredients in large pitcher and add ice. Stir and refrigerate so flavors blend together.
5. Slender Sauzarita
- 10 oz. Sauza Blue Silver Tequila
- 3 oz. orange juice
- 3 oz. lime juice
- 3 oz. lemon juice
- 1 oz. agave nectar
Combine ingredients in a pitcher filled with ice. Stir vigorously, pour into a margarita glass, and garnish with a slice of lime.
Happy Labor Day!