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Low Calorie Pina Colada Recipe

Friday, April 27th, 2012

I am so ready for summer and warm weather! As I live in Southern California, that might seem like a strange statement, but we have seasons too, just not as drastic as other parts of the country.

Birthday wishes will also join my wish for warm weather as my sister and I are both celebrating birthdays in the next few days. (Happy Birthday Sis!)

Low Calorie Pina Colada Recipe

Dinner and drinks, outside if possible, is something we always look forward to. My sister is a type one diabetic so we are always searching for low sugar/carb recipes that won’t cause her insulin to skyrocket.

A favorite of ours is a Pina Colada (it just tastes like summer) but the typical Pina Colada is not an option for her as it is loaded with sugar and can have anywhere from 500 to 750 calories and is an insulin nightmare.  As I always seem be to counting calories, we’ve discovered this low calorie version we can both enjoy with only 235 calories and 2 grams of carbs.


  • 1 jigger white rum (1.5 oz.; 3 tablespoons)
  • 5 tablespoons coconut milk* or coconut cream (do NOT use Cream of Coconut for this low calorie drink as it is coconut milk and sugar and high in calories)
  • 4 tablespoons sugar-free pineapple syrup, such as Da Vinci
  • 1 cup ice


Put ingredients in blender and blend until slushy.

You can also put all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, shake, and strain out the ice for a non-frozen version.


Talk Derby to Me: Ginger Mint Julep

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Ginger Mint Julep Recipe

There are lots of mint julep recipes – original mint juleps, quick mint juleps and really quick mint juleps.

This Ginger Mint Julep falls into the really quick category.

  • In a classic mint julep cup or an old-fashioned glass, combine 1 teaspoon water and 1 teaspoon of sugar.
  • Stir until sugar is completely dissolved.
  • Add several thin slices of fresh peeled ginger and several sprigs of mint.
  • Muddle with a muddler or wooden spoon.
  • Fill glass with crushed ice.
  • Add 2 ounces bourbon
  • Stir until the glass is frosty on the outside
  • Garnish with a sprig of mint.

You could also add ginger to the original mint julep recipe. Enjoy!

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Cocktail Party: Citrus Ginger Fizz

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Citrus Ginger Fizz CocktailsI discovered a great new cocktail at Tommy Bahama’s Restaurant – A Citrus Ginger Fizz.

  • 2 parts Tommy Bahama White Sand® Rum
  • .75 parts – Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur®
  • .75 parts – Cointreau®
  • 2 parts sour mix
  • .5 parts lemon-lime soda

Mix rum, ginger liquer, Cointreau and sour mix over ice. Top with lemon-lime soda. Garnish with a lemon wheel (twist).


Talk Derby to Me: Kentucky Derby Infield Punch

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

What drinks will you serve your Kentucky Derby party guests?

The Mint Julep is the official drink of the Kentucky Derby but if you’re not a fan of bourbon, why not try “Infield Punch” instead.

It’s red color will match a “Run for the Roses” party theme and it is easy to serve a crowd from a punch bowl or a pitcher.

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Kentucky Derby Infield Punch

  • 2.5 Gallons Red Fruit Punch
  • 1 750 ml bottle of your choice of vodka, gin, rum, or pure grain alcohol
  • 1 lemon, sliced for garnish

Combine fruit punch and your choice of liquor in a pitcher and chill.

To keep the punch from getting watered down, add ice to individual glasses instead of the punch

Garnish with lemon slices.

(Serves 10)


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Coconut and Champagne Cocktail Recipe

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Refreshing Coconut Champagne Cocktail

This beautiful Coconut and Champagne cocktail is an unlikely combination of coconut water, grapes, vodka and champagne. If you’re not familiar with coconut water, it will be a refreshing find you’ll enjoy.


1 oz vodka
2 oz unsweetened coconut water
Handful of grapes, cut in half and muddled with 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
Champagne to fill glass


Combine the vodka and coconut water in cocktail shaker with ice and shake to combine, pour into a tall glass or champagne glass, add grapes and top with champagne.

Adapted from the “Red Grape and Coconut Refresher” recipe from Food and Wine found here.

CranRaspberry Martini is a Cool Non-Alcoholic Treat

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Martini on Hot Pink Party InvitationsWant a cool, refreshing drink without the alcohol? Try serving CranRaspberry Martinis at your next get together.

  • 1 tbsp crushed raspberries
  • 1/4 cup all natural cranberry juice (try low calorie version too)
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • Splash of raspberry flavored sparkling water
  • Garnish by floating a raspberry or two

Pour Cranberry juice and sparkling water into martini glasses.  In a shaker, add crushed raspberries, lime juice and ice and shake until blended.  Strain this  mixture into the glasses, stir and garnish with one or two whole raspberries.

You can also wet the rim of your glasses with lime juice and dip into sugar poured onto a shallow plate.


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Low Carb Cosmopolitans & Bachelorette Party Invitations

Friday, September 3rd, 2010
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Cosmopolitans are a great drink for a bachelorette party, a lady’s birthday party, hey, who needs a reason? They’re fun, they’re festive, and they’re pink! Unfortunately, they are loaded with sugar, typically 4 teaspoons in each drink.

Here’s a low sugar/low cal recipe that tastes just like the high calorie version.

  • 1 jigger (1.5 oz or 3 tablespoons) Citron vodka or regular vodka (nutritional analysis uses 80 proof)
  • 1 oz (2 tablespoons) diet cranberry juice (NOT “light” — it must say diet) OR 2 teaspoons unsweetened cranberry juice and 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice (fresh squeezed preferred)
  • 2 to 3 drops orange extract
  • 2 to 4 teaspoons sugar equivalent in artificial sweetener (to taste), liquid preferred

Put all ingredients in a cocktail shaker half-full of ice and shake well. Taste for sweetness. If you are using unsweetened cranberry juice, you may need to add more sweetener. Strain into a Martini glass and garnish with a small lime wedge or curl of lime peel.


Low-Cal Margarita Recipe & Margarita Invitations

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Low Calorie Margarita Recipe

Did you know the average margarita packs a whopping 750 calories or more!?! If you’re trying to save calories or need to watch your sugar intake, these low-cal margaritas are worth a try.

  • 1 tub Crystal Light lemon-lime or lemonade flavored drink mix
  • 2 cups water
  • Juice of one lime
  • 8 oz. tequila
  • 6 oz. Grand Marnier
  • 4 oz. Presidente Mexican Brandy (optional)

In a 2-quart pitcher, mix water with the Crystal Light.

Add all spirits.

Fill with enough crushed ice to make 1 quarts; stir and serve in salt-rimmed glasses. Garnish with a wedge of lime.

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Lemonade Invitation and Hard Lemonade Recipe

Friday, July 30th, 2010
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Lemonade Birthday Invitation

Last weekend my sister and I were trying to come up with an afternoon cocktail recipe that felt like summer.  I love mai tais and anything with rum, but rarely have the fruit juices on hand to make them. After looking through what I did have in the house, I remembered a recipe I hadn’t made in a long time – “Hard Lemonade” and thankfully, the only thing hard about it is the name.


  • 1 can frozen lemonade made with 3 cans of water – not the 4 1/3 cans called for
  • 1 bottle of beer makes 2 drinks
  • Vodka or lemon flavored vodka

To make individual drinks:

  • Fill glass half full of ice
  • Fill half full with lemonade
  • Add one shot of vodka (more to your tastes)
  • Fill full with beer
  • Stir and enjoy!

For a low calorie/low sugar version substitute:

  • Crystal light lemonade – use about a third less water to retain a lemonade flavor when the beer is added
  • One of the new 55-64 calorie beers

And yes, the beer is great in the lemonade, it makes it really smooth!

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