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Low-Calorie Cocktails for Spring

Basil-ade

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Ingredients:

2 to 3 strawberries

2 to 3 basil leaves, plus more for garnish

1 ounce vodka

Fresh lemonade

Directions:

Crush strawberries in a glass. Add basil leaves and gently bruise. Add vodka and lemonade, stir, add ice, and garnish with basil.

Nutrition score per serving: 130 calories

Recipe provided by Lauren Lathrop Williams of Jsix Restaurant; photo credit: Angel Jimenez

April Showers

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Ingredients:

2 ounces Pinnacle® Blueberry Vodka

1/2 ounce DeKuyper® Peachtree® Schnapps

1/2 ounce light cranberry juice

1 lemon wedge, for garnish

Directions:

Shake first three ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with lemon wedge.

Nutrition score per serving: 175 calories

VeeV Guava Cocktail

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Ingredients:

2 slices jalapeño

2 basil leaves

1 1/2 ounces VeeV Açaí Spirit

2 ounces guava coconut water

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon hydrated chia seeds

Directions:
In a pint glass, add 1 slice jalapeño and 1 basil leaf and lightly press with a muddler. Add VeeV, coconut water, and sugar. Fill pint glass with ice and shake. Strain contents into an ice-filled glass, add chia seeds, and garnish with remaining jalapeño slice and basil leaf.

Nutrition score per serving: 97 calories

Recipe provided by The Tap Room at the Langham Huntington in Pasadena, CA

Spring in Stockholm

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Ingredients:

1/2 ounce Swedish vodka (or elderflower liqueur)

1 1/2 ounces Hendrick’s gin

1/2 tablespoon elderberry syrup

Cucumber slices (reserve 1 for garnish)

Fresh mint leaves

1 heavy squeeze lime juice

Cucumber Melon Polar® Seltzer

Directions:

In a cocktail shaker, combine vodka, gin, syrup, cucumber slices, and a nice amount of mint. Using a wooden spoon, crush all ingredients together. Add crushed ice, cover, and shake vigorously in a cocktail shaker. Pour into a martini glass (or a mason jar for a more generous serving). Top generously with seltzer. Garnish with reserved cucumber slice.

Nutrition score per serving: 165 calories

Mo-Sweet-O

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Ingredients:

2 ounces Sweet Leaf Tea Mint & Honey Green Tea

1 ounce white rum

1 small handful mint leaves, muddled

1 sprig mint, for garnish

Directions:

Combine first three ingredients and serve over ice. Garnish with mint sprig.

Nutrition score per serving: 84 calories

Spring Daisy

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Ingredients:

1 1/2 ounces American Harvest Organic Spirit

1 ounce Boiron Yellow Pepper Puree

3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice

1/2 ounce organic agave nectar

1 cucumber slice, for garnish

Directions
In a shaker combine first four ingredients, add ice, shake well, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with cucumber slice.

Nutrition score per serving: 180 calories

The Mint Condition

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Ingredients:

2 ounces Skyy Infusions Moscato Grape

1/2 ounce Aperol

1/2 ounce lime juice

1/2 ounce simple syrup

1 large sprig mint

1 1/2 ounces soda water

1 piece cucumber peel, for garnish

Directions:

In a cocktail shaker, add first five ingredients. Add ice and shake. Double strain into a martini glass, top with soda water, and garnish with cucumber peel.

Nutrition score per serving: 184 calories

Recipe provided by Otis Florence of Pouring Ribbons in New York City

Spring Awakening

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Ingredients:

4 raspberries

3 basil leaves

5 pink peppercorns

3/4 ounce lime juice

3/4 ounce agave nectar

2 ounces Barrymore Pinot Grigio

Directions:

In a shaker, muddle raspberries, 2 basil leaves, and peppercorns. Fill shaker with ice and add lime juice, agave, and wine. Shake vigorously. Strain into a champagne glass and garnish with remaining basil leaf.

Nutrition score per serving: 115 calories

Chocolate Coconut Latte

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Ingredients:

3/4 ounce agave nectar

1 1/2 ounces chocolate coconut water

1 1/2 ounces iced coffee

1 1/2 ounces CIROC Coconut

Whipped cream, for garnish

3 coffee beans, for garnish

Directions:

In a mixing tin, add agave, coconut water, iced coffee, and CIROC. Pack with ice and give it a hard shake. Empty shaker into a Collins glass and top with whipped cream and coffee beans.

Nutrition score per serving: 154 calories

Recipe provided by Billy Ray

Strawberry Shortcake

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Ingredients:

3/4 ounce strawberry syrup (recipe below)

1 ounce vanilla vodka

1 ounce Meyer lemon juice

1-inch slice grilled pound cake, for garnish

1 tablespoon whipped cream, for garnish

Directions:

To make simple syrup, combine 1 cup sugar with 1 cup hot water and stir until sugar dissolves completely. While syrup is warm but not hot, add 8 chopped strawberries. Allow mixture to marinate overnight. Strain before using.

To make cocktail, combine first three ingredients and garnish with cake and whipped cream.

Nutrition score per serving: 200 calories (Cut fat and calories in half by eliminating garnish.)

Recipe provided by Lauren Lathrop Williams of Jsix Restaurant; photo credit: Angel Jimenz