Friday, August 01, 2008

Cool Cocktails



Ever been tubing in a waterway? If not, you've GOTS to try it. I went to "shoot the hooch" last weekend, which is a funny ha-ha term to describe tubing on the Chattahoochee River. The best part is, we were able to bring along coolers filled with water, beer and mixed drinks - all perfect for the sunny, leisurely ride downstream. There were some particularly tasty drinks that afternoon. One friend, for example, made "flirtinis," a mixture of vodka, grapefruit juice and champagne that reminded me of the old "Sex and the City" parties my gal pals used to host back in the day. Another friend whipped up a frozen mango, cranberry drink that was crazy yummy. By the way, I'll be back on the river again in two weeks for a kayaking excursion. I'll keep you posted on how that one goes!
Anyway, thanks to the brilliant Hungry Girl, I now have a few more fun and fruity cocktails to bring to future tubing events and other parties.
Check it out!

Tropical Mango-rita Slushie
1/2 cup Diet V8 Splash in Tropical Blend
1/4 cup frozen unsweetened mango chunks
1 shot (1 1/2 oz.) blanco or silver tequila (the clear kind)
1/4 tsp. Crystal Light Lemonade powdered drink mix (1/4th of an On The Go packet or 1/16th of a tub)
1 cup crushed ice OR 5 - 8 ice cubes
* Non-alcoholic alternative: Swap the alcohol for extra Diet V8 Splash.

Directions: Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Sassy 'n Spiked Pink Lemonade Pitcher
6 cups club soda
2 cups Ocean Spray Diet Cranberry Spray
8 shots (12 oz.) 80-proof vodka
2 tsp. Crystal Light Lemonade or Pink Lemonade powdered drink mix (2 On The Go packets or half a tub)
8 no-calorie sweetener packets
4 lemons
* Use extra Ocean Spray instead of vodka for a virgin version with 14 calories, 0g fat and 3.5g carbs.

Directions:
Place all ingredients except the lemons in a pitcher, and stir well. Cut 1 lemon into 8 slices, and set slices aside. Cut the remaining lemons in half, and squeeze the juice into the pitcher. Serve over ice and garnish with lemon slices.

Black Cherry Mamba Mojito
3/4 cup diet lemon-lime soda
1 shot (1 1/2 oz.) light rum
1/8 tsp. Kool-Aid Black Cherry Unsweetened Soft Drink Mix
12 mint leaves
4 dark sweet cherries (fresh and pitted or thawed from frozen)
1/4 lime, cut into slices
1 no-calorie sweetener packet (we like Splenda!)
5 - 8 ice cubes
* Ditch the rum and add water instead. Your alcohol-free fruity mojito will have 25 calories, 0g fat, 6g carbs and 0.5g fiber.

Directions: Remove seeds from lime slices. Then muddle the mint, lime and cherries in a glass. Add the soda, rum, Kool-Aid, and sweetener. Stir well. Add ice and enjoy!

Hope these low-cal, sucralose-sweetened recipes come in handy over what is expected to be a muggy weekend!

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