So we are in that part of the year where drinks are not just for enjoyment, they are almost a necessity. Beating the hot summer months with some ice-cold drinks is just perfect. So what are the drink recipes that can keep you from adding too many calories to your diet? Let us look at some recipes that can grant you sweet reprieve from the summer heat.
1. Sparkling White Peach Sangria
Some ice-cold white peach sangria can make you forget the summers as you enjoy the pleasant drink. With a wide variety of wines and fruit mix-ins you will find numerous ways to create some good tasting Sangria. Our recipe uses Moscato, a white wine from the north-east region of Italy. It is slightly sweet and slightly spritzy.
Makes 4 to 6 sparkling white peach sangria, drink it with spaghetti squash
|White Peaches (sliced) Peach or Apricot Brandy Moscato Wine Peach seltzer water||- - - -||2-3 ¾ cup 1 bottle 1 litre|
In a pitcher, put 3/4th of the sliced peaches. Add brandy and lightly muddle it. Add the Moscato and Seltzer water to the mix and stir with a wooden spoon.
Pour your drink into ice-filled glasses and use the rest of the peaches to top the glasses.
2. American Virgin
If you are trying to get back into shape after the holiday season then summer is your chance to make the most of light food. The American Virgin is a perfect drink for the calorie conscious people. The drink adds only 34 calories to your body and keeps you refreshed.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, put 1 shot, which is 2 ounces, of peach juice and club soda. Add 1 splash of orange juice and a splash of lemonade. Stir well and strain into a glass full of ice. Use a lemon wedge to decorate your glass and you have a 34-calorie mock-tail that is perfect for summers. This will make 1 glass of American Virgin.
3. Skinnygirl Margarita
If you are eyeing a Margarita but you do not want to blow your diet, then try the Skinnygirl Margarita. It is perfect for the summers and keeps a check on your calories too. You do not need too many ingredients for this either. Enjoy the Skinnygirl Margarita with friends or just by yourself.
You will need 2 oz. of Clear Premium Tequila, a tiny splash of orange liquor, the juice of 4 fresh lime wedges, a splash of BOLS Triple Sec or Grand Mariner. Take a glass of ice and put all these ingredients together in the glass. Use a lime wedge on the glass rim for garnishing and you have created 1 glass of Skinnygirl Margarita.
4. Tequila Berry Blast
Cranberry juice has a beautiful tint of red which gives an irresistible feeling to the drink. Create the Tequila Berry Blast for your summer parties and friends will keep asking for more. The Tequila Berry Blast uses some great ingredients that you can enjoy during the summers.
To create the Tequila Berry Blast, take an 8 oz. glass and fill it with ice. Now fill half the glass with 100% agave tequila. Add a splash of cranberry juice and add a tiny splash of Cointreu. Cointreu is an orange-flavored liqueur. Garnish with a wedge of lime.
5. Watermelon Fizz
Watermelon is a great fruit to keep you rejuvenated during the hot summer months. Create the watermelon fizz which is one of the perfect drink recipes for the summers. It uses tequila and to add flavour you can add cilantro and bamboo spike to your drink.
|Tequila Watermelon Simple Syrup Soda water Squeeze of lime Cilantro pieces Bamboo spike||- - - - - - -||1 ounce 3 ounce 0.1 ounce 0.1 ounce 1 piece 5 1|
Muddle the watermelon with the cilantro leaves in a cocktail shaker. The cilantro leaves are optional so if you want the drink to be sweet then you can stick to the watermelon only. Now add ice, simple syrup and tequila to the mix. Shake vigorously and pour the contents into a rocks glass. For those who have an eye for looks, garnish your drink with a piece of watermelon on a bamboo spike.
6. Vegan Mudslide
If you are inclined towards keeping your drink strictly vegan, then this will be great for the summers. The vegan mudslide uses vodka and light almond milk. Because you are going to use almond milk, make sure your vodka is not flavoured. We leave it up to you to choose which vodka you prefer.
|Vodka Coffee Light Almond Milk Vanilla Extract||- - - -||1 ounce 2 ounces 3 ounces 1 teaspoon|
In a cocktail shaker, put all the ingredients and shake well. You can either strain it into a rock glass, or you can blend it in a blender for a more traditional looking mudslide. Whichever way you choose, you are going to end up with a sweet concoction which runs really low on calories.
7. Pineapple Martini
Pineapple is a great summer fruit and there is no better way to enjoy it than put it in a martini. This is a drink that adds delicious flavour and keeps you refreshed. Not to be missed at all.
|Coconut rum Pineapple juice A twist of orange peel||- - -||2 ounces 2 ounces 1 or more pieces|
Fill a shaker with ice and add pineapple and rum. You can use canned pineapple juice, but fresh pineapple juice is better in tasting. You also reduce the risk of adding extra calories because of added sugar in the canned juice. Cover and shake the shaker vigorously. Now strain the drink to a chilled martini glass. For the garnish, you can use a twist of orange peel or simply put a pineapple wedge on the rim of your glass.
These are some of the most delectable drink recipes that you can create this summer while you have the chance to try many other drinks and by being creative you can also create drinks on your own. Try to keep them healthy and you will find that summers can be a great time for weight management. All the drinks mentioned here carry low calories and will not put you at the risk of increasing your weight.