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4 Healthier Summer Cocktail Recipes

Healthier Summer Cocktails – Yep, it’s possible!… You know how much I love to entertain in the summer, right? We love having a house with a pool and big patio, since it’s the perfect gathering spot for all of our fave friends and family. I live in Central Washington state, and it gets HOT here. Like, upper 90’s all summer, with plenty of 100+ days. I think the hottest we’ve had so far was 110 a couple of weeks ago. That means that we spend a ton of time in the pool, and cold beverages are a must. So, since I finally lost a bunch of my baby weight on Nutrisystem, I am always creating new healthier alternatives to my favorite summer dishes and drinks. Keep reading to see my best new drink ideas that won’t pack on the calories…

healthier summer cocktails

How to Make 4 Healthier Summer Cocktails

All of these drinks are healthier for you because they use the new C&H Light: Sugar & Stevia Blend. Less sugar = skinnier drinks for summer entertaining, without losing the flavor, or getting that artificial taste. Half the calories of sugar, and only 5 calories per serving. Rockin’, right? I use it to make a simple syrup that I use to mix my drinks with. I mix 5 big ol’ teaspoons of the C&H Light with 2 cups of warm water. Shake it up, let it dissolve, then flavor it if desired. This makes a great mixer for any drink! Here are a few faves that I use it in:

  1. Pomosa: Flavor your syrup with just a bit of pureed fruit – any type will work great. Then mix it with 4 oz. sparkling wine. 1 oz. Van Gogh Pomegranate vodka. Pour the vodka into a flute, add a bit of the syrup, then top it with the sparkling wine and a strawberry if you’d like to get fancy. So good!
  2. Skinny Colada: For this drink, make a citrus syrup. Use orange, lemon or lime peel. The oils make a lovely syrup but be care not to add any pith or your syrup will just chunky. Mix 2 oz. SKYY Infusions Coconut, ¼ oz. SKYY Infusions Pineapple, 2 oz. Club soda, and a couple teaspoons of the citrus syrup. Mix over ice in a highball glass. Mmmm.
  3. Caramel Appletini: Mix 2 oz of Vodka, 1 oz. Butterscotch Schnapps, and mix in just a bit of syrup made with 1/4 cup of cocoa powder. Shake it up, and add a green apple slice for garnish. Very fun.
  4. Slender Mint Margarita: For this syrup, we’ll do a mint syrup, using 6 to 10 large fresh leaves. Then mix 3 parts Tequila, 1 part Triple Sec, 4 parts lime juice (roughly two limes per serving), 1 part mint syrup, and 12 parts diet lemon-lime soda. You can blend it with ice if desired, or just pour over ice.

For more ideas on how to make flavored syrups using C&H Light, check out my fave resource, How To Flavored Simple Syrup, on Mix n’ Sip. So many awesome ideas, and I always think of a new drink to try when I’m looking at that list! {Yes, I create a new themed drink for every party I host. I’m that type of girl…. Lol.} Making your own syrup saves you a ton of money when you don’t have to buy a bunch of mixers, and it’s way healthier for you too, since you’re avoiding lots of weird, unnatural ingredients, and getting way less sugar.

half the sugar for skinny cocktails

The light way to do sugar!

C&H® Light is an all natural pure cane sugar and stevia blend with half the calories of sugar. That’s over a 350-calorie savings in each cup! By blending pure cane C&H® Sugar with a naturally sweet extract from the stevia plant, we have created a delicious sweetener with no artificial ingredients. C&H® Light is the ideal sweetener — a perfect sweet taste and half the calories of sugar! You’ll also find it packaged as Domino Light – and it’s great for baking too. Baking is as easy as cutting it in half – if the recipe calls for 1 cup of sugar, all you need to do is use 1/2 cup of Domino® Light OR C&H® Light. Easy peasy!

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{Disclaimer: I received compensation for creating this content for you – this is sponsored project from Global Influence. All recipes, ideas, and opinions are 100% my own.}

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