Cocktail Time

I’ve been mixing up a lot of cocktails lately. I love concocting summery alcoholic beverages. Last week I found a recipe for a cocktail called the Latin Lover on SheKnows, an article written by Claire Gallam from The Realistic Nutritionist. I didn’t realize it at first, but it’s a skinny cocktail. I had my doubts at first, but after tasting it, those doubts disappeared. It’s one delicious cocktail. If I didn’t tell you it was skinny, you’d never be able to tell.

The recipe calls for Voli orange vanilla fusion vodka. Apparently, it has 25% fewer calories than regular vodka, and it’s made with French wheat. I suppose that’s what makes it healthier than regular vodka. I thought I’d have trouble finding it because it’s fairly new, but there it was on the shelf at my regular liquor store. I realized it was a skinny cocktail when I checked out at the liquor store.

Me: Hmm, I thought I was going to have trouble finding this particular vodka.

Salesman: Did you see it in an article or something?

Me: Actually, I found the recipe on a website. I’ve never heard of the stuff.

Salesman: Yeah, it’s pretty popular. It has fewer calories than regular vodka. Most people just mix it with club soda.

Me: Fewer calories? Ewww! I don’t know. Does it still taste good?

Salesman: Actually, it’s very good.

So, I bought it. Looking back, the recipe called for sugar-free lemonade, pineapple juice, and agave nectar. How could I have missed all the “skinny” signs? Well, I did. I’m so glad I decided to give it a try because now it’s one of my favorite summer cocktails.

I adapted the recipe to make a full pitcher because I’m not a fan of mixing up individual drinks when I have guests over.

This cocktail is fresh, crisp, and fruity. My guests loved them. They were convinced that they didn’t have alcohol in them, but I can assure you they do. And, a lot of it. They go down so smooth.

When I told them it was skinny, they were all shocked. “No way! But it’s so good; it doesn’t taste skinny,” is the reaction I got from my girlfriend as she was guzzling it down. For some reason we relate low fat and low calories to tasting bad, but that’s just not the case most of the time. If something is made with fresh, wholesome, natural ingredients it’s going to taste amazing, and this drink does.

Cheers!

Jennie

Recipe:

2 cups Voli orange vanilla fusion vodka

1 1/2 cups pineapple juice

3 cups sugar-free lemonade (I used crystal light)

1/4 cup agave nectar

1 lemon, sliced

1 liter club soda, chilled

In a pitcher, add the vodka, pineapple juice, lemonade, agave nectar, and lemon slices. Stir. Store in the refrigerator until completely chilled.

Add ice to a fancy glass, pour in some of the cocktail mixture, and top with a splash of club soda to taste. Add a lemon slice to the glass and enjoy.

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Coconut Mojitos aka Cocojito

It’s Sunday, and that means it’s time to share our favorite recipes for #SundaySupper. Isabel from Family Foodie┬áis the creator of #SundaySupper, and she continues to inspire and encourage us to gather up the family, sit around the table, and eat and share the love we have for one another. It’s a tradition that has become lost and forgotten about over the years, but Isabel is working hard to educate all of us on the importance of Sunday supper with our loved ones.

This week, I decided to share a cocktail recipe that I created and perfected over the years. My favorite cocktail is the mojito. It’s refreshing, crisp, and tasty. I combined my love for the mojito with my love for coconut. The result is delicious! I call it the cocojito. It doesn’t taste like an alcoholic beverage, but it is, so be careful. This baby will sneak up on you. I know- trust me.

Lime, mint, and coconut rum get mixed together to create a deliciously refreshing cocktail. I mix up a batch and keep it in a pitcher. This method will ensure that you get to spend time with your guests instead of mixing drinks at the bar all evening.

I love pairing a cocktail with food at a dinner party. It’s a nice conversation starter. It loosens up your guests a bit, especially if not everyone knows each other. Serve this cocktail, and everyone will become friends in no time.

Enjoy your Sunday supper with your loved ones.

Love and sweet treats,

Jennie

Recipe:

2 cups sugar

2 cups water

4 mint sprigs

3 cups coconut rum (my favorite is Malibu black)

1 3/4 cups lime juice, freshly squeezed

1 1/2-2 liters club soda, chilled

Start off by making the mint simple syrup. Add 2 cups sugar, 2cups water, and mint sprigs to a medium pot. Bring to a boil. Set aside and let the syrup cool slightly, about 30 minutes.

While the syrup is cooling, juice the limes. I used about 11 limes to get enough juice. Once the limes are juiced, sieve the juice to get out any pulp (if you like pulp, you can skip this step). Pour lime juice and rum into a pitcher. Once the syrup is cool, sieve the syrup, disposing of the mint sprigs. Add 2 1/2 cups of the mint simple syrup to the pitcher with the rum and lime juice. Stir. Place the mixture in the fridge and let cool completely. The mixture in the pitcher is a concentrated version of the cocktail.

Once the rum mixture is completely cool, add the chilled club soda. You’ll want to do this right before serving the cocktail so the club soda doesn’t go flat. One pitcher of cocojito mix takes about a liter and a half of club soda. Add a little at a time, tasting after each addition. Everyone’s taste is different, so add the club soda until it suites your taste. Enjoy!