Cocktails continue to be all the rage, and with good reason — they are super tasty! But seriously, some of the cocktail recipes we see out there … who has time for that? And, my gosh the calorie and sugar load. These are three tried and tasty cocktail recipes that you can make with ease. Use these as an excuse to have friends over. Come on, it’s summer!
The Ginger Beer Mojito — 125 calories
Ingredients for three ginger beer mojitos:
- 30 mint leaves (or more, or less … you decide, but I find 10-15 per drink is perfect)
- 4.5 ounces silver rum
- 12 ounces ginger beer (I prefer The Ginger People Ginger Beer. For store locations, click here.)
- Extra ginger if you prefer
- Muddle together mint with the lime juice (for non-purists, you can use a quick tap on the blender if you don’t have have a mortar and pestle or muddler. But, it’s not quite as good.)
- Once fully muddled, divide the mint-lime mixture between three glasses.
- Add ice cubes and then pour 1.5 ounces of rum into each glass.
- Add 4 ounces of ginger beer into each glass (that’s one full bottle of a 12 oz. ginger beer, divided into 3 parts)
- If you would like to add more ginger, like I do, my short cut is a squeeze of Gourmet Gardens pureed ginger; stir to blend.
- Garnish with an extra slice of lime and some more mint.
Grapefruit Margarita Recipe — 220 calories
For these, just know that fresh-squeezed, super-sweet, ruby red grapefruit juice is the BEST. It’s so sweet and tasty and you will get a better cocktail, hands down.
Yield: 16 ounces, 2 servings
- 8 oz. grapefruit juice
- 4 oz. limeade (Simply Limeade is great)
- 3 oz. tequila
- 1 oz. Cointreau
- Squeeze fresh limes (I like at least two big pieces of lime.)
- Margarita salt for the rims of your glasses
Pour all of the ingredients into your salt-rimmed glass, already filled with ice.
June Bug — 200 calories
Modified from a cocktail served at The Lantern in Chapel Hill, NC.
- 2 parts lemon soda to 1 part Pimms 44 (I used 1.5 liters of lemon soda and .75 liters of Pimms)
- Pureed fresh ginger. The amount I used for the above mix was 1/3 cup.
- Mix in a pitcher and let the flavors meld for at least an hour (best for 4 hours) in the refrigerator.
- Serve over ice and garnish with chopped cucumber
This one is quite delicious and totally refreshing. A real crowd pleaser when you are looking for something a little different and especially when it is so hot outside!
Now, invite some friends over and have embrace these last few weeks of summer. Labor Day will be here before you know it!
If you are stuck on what to make for dinner, check out all of our recipes (most are pretty easy to make!) right here.