This month’s Recipe Redux theme is about cocktails and mocktails to celebrate the summer season. Celebrations abound this time of year, like graduation parties, bridal showers and summer festivities. I love summer weather and that’s a good thing because Atlanta can get crazy HOT and humid over the next several months. I like to cool down with a refreshing cocktail on the weekends, but I don’t want to wreck my diet with calorie-laden drinks. I’ve never been a fan of super sweet drinks. Cocktails like pina coladas and daiquiris are overkill to me….WAY too much sugar. I might as well eat a cupcake if I’m going to down those sugar calories. Maybe it’s just me, but I’d much rather chew my calories than drink them. I’m all about the food! Recipes like this low calorie summer citrus cocktail are my favorite kind of lightened-up concoction to cool off in the summer heat. Not to mention, they make a pretty presentation!
Summer Cocktail Favorites
This combination of sparkling water, fresh squeezed citrus with a top shelf vodka and a splash of juice is my go-to cocktail. Sometimes I’ll switch it up with diet cranberry juice (or just a splash of regular) with lime. Another favorite drink blend is freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, vodka and club soda. These cocktail combos are tasty, not to sweet and easy on the waistline. I’m also a big fan of skinny margaritas, summer sparkling tropical sangria and my favorite mojito recipe! Is it happy hour yet?!!!! I’m getting thirsty!
By the way, if you’re not a drinker, this summer citrus cocktail is great as mocktail! It’s super simple and full of flavor with or without the vodka. My daughter loves drinking sparkling fruit water out of champagne glasses. It makes her feel fancy. 🙂
- Ice to fill glass 3/4 full
- 1 1/2 oz good quality vodka
- 2 oz Trop 50 orange juice
- 1/2 lime juiced
- 1/4 lemon juiced
- 1/4 orange juiced
- sparkling water to fill glass
- Fill a 16 oz glass 3/4 full with ice
- Add vodka
- Add fresh squeezed juices and orange juice
- Top with sparkling water
- Garnish with extra fruit and fresh mint
Do you have a favorite lightened-up summer drink? Share with me in the comments below!