Saturday, April 28, 2012

Cinco de Mayo: Fiesta-Inspired Cocktail Recipes

It’s easy to love a great cocktail paired with chips and dip. Until you look at the numbers. Some margaritas, for example, can pack upward of 1,000 calories. That’s an awful lot of empty calories for something that truly is just a minute on the lips.

So with Cinco de Mayo coming up, we decided to give healthy makeovers to a few fiesta-inspired refreshments. These drinks are easy to make at home and they will be a crowd pleaser for sure!
Slim and Sparkling™ Margarita Cocktail Recipe

The key to preventing cocktails from becoming calorie bombs is to take care when selecting the base for the drink. Juices (even unsweetened ones), sodas, anything with a syrup in it, and most liqueurs all pack tons of sugar. Sparkling ICE has ZERO calories, sugar, carbs, and sodium.

· 3 oz. Lemon Lime Sparkling ICE
· 1 oz. Tequila
· Splash of Triple Sec
· Fresh Squeezed Lime

Preparation: Shake and pour into a chilled rocks glass rimmed in salt.
VOGA Italia’s Cinco de Mayo Sangria Cocktail Recipe

Impress party guests by allowing ripe fruits to take center stage for your Cinco de Mayo celebration. VOGA Moscato is a wine that offers subtle bubbles to any white sangria recipe, with light floral notes that blend perfectly with peach and citrus flavors.

· 1 Bottle of VOGA Italia Moscato Wine
· 1 12 oz. bottle of Peach Beer (VOGA recommends using Dogfish Head’s Festina PĂȘche or Lindemans PĂȘche Lambic)
· 3 oz. Triple Sec
· 2 sliced peaches
· 2 sliced apricots
· 1 container of fresh raspberries
· 1 sliced Granny Smith apple
· 1 sliced lemon
· 1 sliced lime
· 1/2 liter club soda

Preparation: Pour wine and beer in a large pitcher and add sliced peach, apricot, apple, lemon and lime. Next add triple sec and stir gently. Cover and chill from 2-24 hours (the longer, the better!)Before serving, top with club soda. Stir gently and serve over ice. Makes about 15 servings.

Disclaimer: You must be age 21 years of age or older to consume alcoholic beverages. Please drink legally and responsibly.

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