June in Arizona can be tortuous if you’re not sitting by the pool with an ice-cold drink! Even though a Long Island Ice Tea or Tom Collins might be calling your name, why not try something new and exotic? Your friends will love you and your waistline and teeth will thank you!
Farmers Market Margarita (99 Calories)
The Farmers Market Margarita uses healthy ingredients, including cucumber, cilantro, and spicy jalapeno. While you are at your local farmers market picking up veggies for dinner, remember the ingredients for this unforgettable aperitif.
Ingredients: 1.25 oz. tequila, 2 sprigs of fresh cilantro, 4 slices of fresh cucumber, 2 slices of fresh jalapeno, 1 oz. fresh lime juice, 2 oz. distilled water, 2 packets of sweetener
Directions: Add all the ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Shake and serve over the rocks in an 8 oz. glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.
Italian Summer Sipper (100 calories)
The Italian Summer Sipper combines common drink ingredients like strawberries with unique ingredients like fresh basil and balsamic vinegar. The combination results in a unique yet desirable sipper for those hot Arizona nights!
Ingredients: 1.25 oz. tequila, 2 strawberries, 1 sprig of fresh basil, 4 drops of balsamic vinegar, 1 oz. fresh lime juice, 2 oz. distilled water, 2 packets of sweetener
Directions: Muddle fresh strawberries and basil in a mixing glass. Add the rest of the ingredients with ice, shake and serve over the rocks in an 8 oz. glass. Garnish with a fresh sprig of basil.
Skinny Peach Tea (133 calories)
Classic summer cocktails are often loaded with calories and sugar. For example, the average 6-ounce frozen daiquiri has more than 500 calories! Get the same refreshing fruit flavor for a quarter of the calories with this simple skinny cocktail.
Ingredients: 2 oz. of vodka, 4 oz. of unsweetened peach ice tea.
Directions: Combine ingredients and shake vigorously in shaker with ice. Strain into glass and enjoy!
Recipes courtesy of Shape Magazine.