Skinny Summer Cocktails

You are what you eat... and drink!

You are what you eat… and drink!

I’m a drink snob… and by that I mean I don’t want to waste my calories on a cocktail unless it’s super dee-licious. On a recent trip to California, I told the waiter to surprise me with a drink. My only request: something not too sweet. He came back with a drink I’m still talking about… a healthy combo of coconut water, cucumber vodka, kiwi, lemon juice. So refreshing! I loved it so much I got the recipe…

Coconut Palm
(courtesy of BlueFire Grill at La Costa Resort)
1.5 ounces Effen Cucumber Vodka
1.5 ounces coconut water
½ ripe kiwi, mashed
¾ ounces lemon juice
¾ ounces simple syrup
Fresh cucumber wheel

So refreshing! And hydrating coconut water helps counter the dehydrating effects of alcohol

BONUS: hydrating coconut water helps counter the dehydrating effects of alcohol

But you don’t need to go all the way to California to get a skinny cocktail: Sprouts Café at Camelback Inn has a whole healthy drink menu. My fave: the Pink Serenity Cocktail. This gem uses grapefruit-infused vodka + fresh herbs + watermelon for a party in your mouth – guilt free! Enjoy al fresco at the stunning Camelback Inn, or make it for yourself…

Pink Serenity Cocktail
(courtesy of Sprouts Café at Camelback Inn)
2 oz Belvedere Pink Grapefruit
3 oz fresh watermelon puree
½ a lime pressed
Splash of organic agave nectar
2 thyme sprigs

Combine first 4 ingredients in a cocktail shaker, add ice and shake vigorously. Strain over ice in a tall Collins glass. Rub thyme between your hands to break up oils, add to cocktail and stir to combine. Finish with a cube of fresh watermelon and enjoy!

This drink had me at one sip!

This drink had me at one sip!

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