Thursday, June 30, 2011

Come sail away

I'm so stoked! It's almost the weekend and I'll be spending back-to-back days on the water. I'm going tubing on the river on Saturday and will be spending most of Sunday on a boat. Wooooot! Hoping Mother Nature is good to me this weekend. I think I deserve it, especially since she caused me to spend nearly 10 hours in an airport last weekend.

Anyhoo, another fun aspect to tubing and boating (in addition to the sun and relaxation part) is you can bring your own cooler while enjoying that leisurely float downstream. As in years past, I plan to whip up a batch of "flirtinis," a mixture of vodka, grapefruit juice and champagne, as well as the low-cal, sucralose-sweetened mojito recipe listed below. The cocktails will be the perfect treat on a humid day on the water. Have a safe and wonderful Fourth of July weekend!

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.

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!

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