Make Fun Cocktails without the Guilt

 

Looking for a low-calorie cocktail?  This past weekend we tried Be Mixed mixers.   Be Mixed mixers have no sugar and no calories.  Yep, you read that right – zero!  So, if you add a shot of 80 proof vodka, you’re talking a total of 97 calories per drink (or 194 calories if you sneak in another ;).

Be Mixed offers three flavors; Ginger Lime, Cucumber Mint, and Margarita.  We at Nearly All Things especially liked the Margarita flavor mixer with a shot or two of tequila, but the rest of our group was split over the Ginger Lime and Cucumber Mint.  So, our recommendation – try the sample pack and decide on your own 🙂

NearlyAllThings subscribers get $5 off your order when you use the code “WELCOME” with your order. 

 

Check out this recipe from Be Mixed:

Recipe and photo by Gretchen Otte. Follow her @typeonetypehappy

MOSÉ (MARGARITA+ROSÉ)

YOU’LL NEED:

  • 4 oz. Be Mixed Margarita
  • 4 oz. Rosé
  • 5 Frozen Strawberries
  • Ice
  • INSTRUCTIONS:
INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Add all of the ingredients to a blender
  2. Blend until slushly
  3. Garnish with a strawberry.

 

 

 

 

 

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Watermelon Cucumber Popsicles (with Vodka – shhh!)

 

Watermelon, Cucumber, and Popsicle

Friends of ours shared a pic of Bellini Pops on their Facebook page and we at Nearly All Things immediately hit the web to buy some.  Guess what – they aren’t available in the U.S. – bummer!   There are a couple of companies making cocktail popsicles here, but most were sold out prior to Memorial Weekend.  Soooo – I decided to make my own! This was inspired by our friend Allison’s watermelon cucumber cocktail – which was DELISH – thanks Allison!

Ingredients:

  • 2 heaping cups of cubed watermelon
  • 2 tbsp diced cucumber –  My first couple of batches had too much cucumber – not recommended!  I also was happier with a normal cucumber rather than an English Cucumber (which is shown in the video below)
  • 1 1/2 shots vodka – or go for 2 if 1 1/2 just doesn’t seem like enough 😉
You will also need:
  • Small funnel – I bought an Icicle Funnel from Amazon (shown below) and it worked great and was super easy to use – comes in a set of 2.
  • Popsicle molds – I used Zip-A-Pop disposable DIY Popsicle Molds (BPA Free and FDA Approved) – Highly recommended and can be used for all kinds of fun popsicles for kids! (Also shown below)

 Yields :  3 popsicles

Once you have the tools, have fun with this!  Try your own concoctions –   Pinterest has a lot of great ideas too.  Be sure to come back and comment  if you find any other winners!  Here’s a video of my first attempt at making them.  We are getting crazy hi-tech here people!

 

Featured image & video by Cooper Young

Cool Hostess Gift and Creamsicle Drink for Your Memorial Day Party

Creamsicle drink

It’s totally pouring rain here so I think we all need a fun drink!

Creamsicle Drink:

  • Full glass of ice
  • 2 oz Whipped Cream Vodka
  • Orange soda of choice or orange seltzer
  • Add a splash of cream or whipped cream.  Whipped cream has hardly any calories so go for it – live a little ;).  It will not disappoint.

What do you get?  Something that tastes like an old school creamsicle!

Creamsicle® Bar
Creamsicle® Bar

Hostess Gift:

If you are like most of my friends we love Prosecco!  This is super cool and delicious for the next time you need a gift.

  • Prosecco of choice- this is mine (see pic)-  I drink lots and lots of this😬
  • A tiny pour of  Pear Rosemary by Root 23 (I found this simple syrup at a local grocer).
  • Serve chilled in a champagne glass.

Give them both in a cute bag with handwritten directions.  Done.  I have a magnum of Prosecco.  It’s fine to give the regular size too.  But, if you are really going for the cool factor – go big!  This is a gift for some of my party hosts this Memorial Day Weekend!  They won’t be mad if they get more than one I promise!

la marca label

 

Cheers to the Weekend

Friday! Friday! Friday! I will be having a few of these grapefruit beauties over the weekend.  Possibly in between soccer games – yikes!  A momma’s gotta do what a momma’s gotta do 😉

This can be done several ways but here is the most potent way first.

  • 3/4 full champagne glass of prosecco.  (I love La Marca shown below).
  • Splash of fresh squeezed grapefruit (yes, I mean squeeze the frickin’ grapefruit). If you can’t handle that, then buy some fresh stuff from your local grocery store.
  • Squeeze of lime
  • To add spice, toss in a few slices of jalapeño.  Plus, it looks pretty!

Not a fan of prosecco?  Here’s a different option:

Fill a glass of ice, add your favorite vodka, fill the rest of glass with the Spindrift Sparkling Water (personal fav).
Then add your fresh ingredients; lime, grapefruit and jalapeño.
If you like making drinks, salt the rim while your at it!

Now go get the ingredients –  it’s Friday and you deserve to have an awesome cocktail!

Cucumber Jalapeño Margarita – The Lighter Side of Cinco de Mayo

Ok guess what?  It’s Cinco de Mayo time!  Yeah, you all know what that means, drink margarita’s, eat chips and salsa, and don’t forget tacos!!!  If you know me, you know I love Mexican food so this is one holiday I celebrate more than once a year – most weeks I aim for at least once a week – I said I love Mexican!
Anyway, this holiday gives you a free pass to all this awesome food and drink.  So here ya go… my go-to margarita that is pretty low in calories.

 

Ok, my first disclaimer is that I really don’t measure things out. For the sake of this, I will do my best to give you some solid directions.  I usually just pour away and it just works out (lol – I like to drink did I mention that?)..  This one has been tested over and over.  I can promise that!

 

For just one?  Ok, thats dumb.  We all know you need more than one, but here it is.  You do the math and make a batch!
  • Cut up a few pieces of jalapeño and cucumber  and put them in the bottom of a glass and muddle away – in other words smash the heck out of it in the bottom of the glass.
  • Fill glass with lots of ice
  • 2 oz of Tequila – yes two – I like to taste it!  I use 100% pure agave EL ESPOLON Tequila Resposado!  Any tequila that you like will do.
  • 3-4 oz of lemonade – for low cal go with Minute Made Light (get it in the refrigerated section of the grocery store – it just tastes fresher).  You can also use the Minute Made Light can in the soda section of the grocery store.
  • 1-2 oz of seltzer – just plain ol’ seltzer – no calories in here gives a little fizz and tones down the sweetness.  This is only a suggestion, can go without it too!
  • Half of a squeezed lime – you heard me half – they are cheap use them!!
  • Put in a shaker or stir the crap out of it – enjoy your low cal version!
Now, lets talk about this beauty of a product I found!
Trader Joe's Organic Jalapeño Limeade
My new find at Trader Joe’s, Organic Jalapeño Limeade.   It’s awesome and takes a step out of making your  Cucumber Jalapeño Margarita.
 Instead of smashing jalapeño’s (if your lazy like I am sometimes)  buy this beauty in the picture.  Skip the cucumber and the jalapeño muddling, add some seltzer to make it less caloric, a fresh squeeze of lime, obviously the tequila, and ice – shake or stir and BOOM YUM!  No mess, no fuss.
BEWARE:  Minute Made Light is 15 calories and the Jalapeño Limeade is 100 calories per 8 oz.  Let me ask you this!  Do you really care on Cinco De Mayo?  The correct answer is NO!  Just care more on a regular basis.