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Refreshingly Guilt-Free Cocktails for Summer

Alcoholic cocktails are often the focal point of social events and gatherings, especially during the summer months. But, if you’re watching your weight, constantly indulging can put a real hurt on the calorie budget. Among all alcoholic cocktails, mixed drinks are some of the worst for the waistline due to the high-calorie, sugar-rich fruit juices, sodas and syrups often used to make them.

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Since I’m all about moderation not elimination, I generally recommend using low-calorie mixers like sparkling water, fresh fruits, and even herbs. If you’re not a seasoned mixologist, try a calorie-free beverage like Sparkling Ice, which comes in a variety of natural fruity flavors ranging from Strawberry Watermelon and Lemonade to Coconut Pineapple and Pomegranate Blueberry.

To give you some ideas, here are six refreshingly delicious cocktail recipes you can enjoy without breaking the calorie bank.

1. Sparkling Watermelon Vodka Lemonade

What You Need
How to Prepare

In a blender, puree the watermelon and lemon juice and strain the mixture through a sieve into a drink pitcher. Add the mint, vodka, and Sparkling Ice Classic Lemonade and then stir the mixture. Serve the drink over ice and add fresh fruit for garnish.

2. Pining for Pineapple

What You Need
How to Prepare

Add white rum and pineapple juice to your shaker with ice. Stir and strain the mixture into a chilled Old Fashioned glass and then top it with Sparkling Ice Coconut Pineapple and add a pinch of nutmeg for garnish.

3. Strawberry Watermelon Refresher

What You Need
How to Prepare

Pour vodka, Peach Schnapps, and Sparkling Ice Strawberry Watermelon over ice and then gently stir to mix. Garnish the drink with watermelon slices and strawberries.

4. Wine Supercooler

What You Need
How to Prepare

Mix all ingredients in a pitcher, pour the mixture into wine glasses and add a mint leaf for garnish.

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5. Strawberry Lemonade Spritzer

What You Need
How to Prepare

Pour the vodka into a chilled glass with ice. Top it off with Sparkling Ice Strawberry Lemonade and then garnish the drink with fresh raspberries and lemon slices.

6. Sparkling Sangria

What You Need
How to Prepare

Place the peaches, oranges, and brandy in a pitcher then lightly muddle. Add wine and Sparkling Ice Classic Lemonade and stir the mixture. Serve this drink over ice and garnish it with a peach slice.

Courtesy of Sparkling Ice, these thirst-quenching recipes are the perfect choice if you’re looking to occasionally enjoy a delicious, guilt-free cocktail (or mocktail) during your summer soirees. Since all varieties are enriched with B-vitamins and antioxidants, you’ll also get a little boost of nutrition. Salute!

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Disclaimer: The information provided is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Any reader who is concerned about his or her health should contact a physician for advice.


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