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The Spiked Cider Spritzer [cocktail]

With the cool, crisp weather rapidly approaching, I figured, what better time to experiment with some new Fall cocktails! I mixed around a few different things the other night and came up with something truly amazing.  I mean, deliciously, mind blowing amazing (even the guys loved this one!)Before I started mixing, I knew I wanted a cocktail with a spicy apple flavor, yet light and freshening at the same time. I decided to use a base of champagne (or really any sparkling wine) and doctor it up with some apple liquor and spices…and then of course, fresh sliced apple! I ended up with a crisp, delightful Fall cocktail I’ve named The Spiked Cider Spritzer…

Just in time for the weekend too ;)

The Spiked Cider Spritzer [cocktail]

Serves 4 (for myself however, it only served 2 ;) )

INGREDIENTS

one bottle of champagne (or sparkling wine)

8 oz. Dr. McGillicuddy’s Apple Pie Schnappes

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

one apple cut into thin slices

METHOD

Pour champagne and apple schnappes into a tall pitcher, add cinnamon and nutmeg.  Top with freshly sliced apples, chill for one hour.

Serve chilled (over ice if you prefer).

 

cucumber mango skinny margarita

Skinny Cucumber Mango Margarita [skinny cocktail]

It’s too bad I didn’t come up with this recipe before Cinco de Mayo, but you know what they say…anything worth having is worth waiting for, and this skinny margarita recipe was definitely worth waiting for.   I love me a good, fresh margarita.  The problem is that good margaritas are hard to come by, lots of bars use cheap tequila and sugary, calorie packed sour mix.  Drink those and you’ll end up with nothing but a guilty conscience and a gauranteed hangover.  Today’s skinny margarita recipe is everything but that, it combines fresh ingredients with my absolute favorite Bai mango juice for a taste that’s SO GOOD you won’t believe it’s SKINNY too!

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Cucumber Mango Skinny Margarita [recipe]

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INGREDIENTS

4 oz. 100% blue agave tequila

6 oz. Bai Malawi Mango Juice (can substitute for regular mango juice, but this serving of Bai has less than 5 calories!)

1 tbsp fresh lime juice

3 tbsp. diced cucumber

soda water

crushed ice

METHOD

In a cocktail shaker, add 1 cup crushed ice, tequila, Bai mango juice, lime juice and diced cucumber, shake vigorously for 30 seconds.  Split into two glasses (including crushed ice), then top each drink off with a splash of soda water.  Garnish with a fresh cucumber wedge and enjoy!

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Funky Frosted Wine Glasses [DIY]

There’s nothing I love more than mixing up a nice refreshing skinny cocktail on a Saturday afternoon. The best part about experimenting with unique drink combinations is enjoying the end result in a fancy, fun cocktail glass… Because sometimes the glass you sip from is just as important as the drink itself! I fell in love with a pair of frosted cocktail glasses I came across the other day, so I decided I had to make some for myself using a couple old boring wine glasses I had at home!  diy-frosted wine glasses

DIY Frosted Wine Glasses

step 1

Start with two glasses of your choice, I chose to use bubble base wine glasses (which I LOVE drinking cocktails from =) ).  Next, you’ll need a small bottle of Deco Art’s Frost Gloss Enamel paint, along with two colors of Deco Art’s Gloss Enamel paint and of course, a small tipped paint brush.

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  step 2

Use a small tipped paint brush to create a design around the rim of your glass.  My artist skills are extreamly limited so I painted a simple zig-zag pattern ;)  Next, I painted the stem of my wine glass in the same color.

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step 3

Now that you’ve added a little color and funky design to your glasses, it’s time to frost them!  Creating frosted glass is super simple with Deco Art’s Frost Gloss Enamel paints.  Simply fill in all the areas you’d like to frost with a light coat of paint.  I chose to frost the base and body of my glass…

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The only area I didn’t frost was the rim above the painted zig-zag…

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Once you’ve got your cocktail glasses looking good, go ahead and bake them in the oven at 275 degrees for 30 minutes.  This will make the finish dishwasher safe!

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skinny choc cake martini

Skinny Chocolate Cake Martini {recipe}

On Thursday, I promised you all a fabulous new skinny drink…and boy do I have a treat for you!  We always see these drool-worthy frozen concoctions, but drinking one is sometimes the equivalent to eating a Big Mac!  Today’s cocktail was inspired by just that.  I went to the store and bought a bunch of “nips” for my experiment.  I mixed some things up and ended up creating a masterpiece.  I mean this thing is GOOD…amazingly good and SKINNY!  Here it is, my frozen Skinny Chocolate Cake Martini

Skinny Chocolate Cake Martini

Gather up:

* I used “nips”, or mini bottles because they’re the perfect amount for one drink…and they’re cheap too ;)

UV Chocolate Cake vodka

Butterscotch schnapps

Godiva Chocolate Liquor

Whipsy Infused Whipped cream (its whipped cream with liquor in it, you can get this or a different brand at most liquor stores)

Sugar free chocolate syrup

Ice

Get out the blender.  Add one cup of ice, one nip of the chocolate cake vodka, one nip of the butterscotch schnapps, and a splash of the Godiva chocolate liquior.  BLEND!

Squirt some sugar free chocolate syrup around the inside of a martini glass.  Pour on your blended chocolate cake martini.  Top with whipped cream, and enjoy!

Pure deliciousness…

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Fresh Picked Friday {Vol. 5}

It’s another BEAUTIFUL Friday! Sit back, relax with a Skinny Spiked Sangria, and enjoy a little fresh picked inspiration…

a party worth attending (glamor on the beach)

a girl can dream (Hermes Kelly Bag)

refreshing Cocktail (Strawberry Mint Spritzer)

i love to up-cycle (stacked vintage crates)

Relaxing Tune (Call Me Papa-Donavan Frankenreiter)

my heart is at the beach (beach house sun room)

summer Look (cut-offs & peach blouse)

sweep me away (Ko-Tao-Thailand)

Have a great weekend!

xo

smashing skinny vodka mojito

The Smashing Skinny Vodka Mojito

It’s Thirsty Thursday and I have an extra special treat in store for you today!  This new SKINNY concoction uses one of my all time favorite cocktail ingredients, fresh mint.  You may recall some of my other drink recipes that also use fresh mint, like the Skinny Watermelon Smash and the Minty Cucumber Mojito.  Well here’s another refreshing SKINNY treat to spice up your Thursday, The Smashing Skinny Vodka Mojito

The Smashing Skinny Vodka Mojito {cocktail}

Gather Up:

  • 2 oz. citrus vodka (or any other flavor you fancy ;))
  • 4 wedges lime
  • 2 sprigs of fresh mint
  • 4 oz. Sprite Zero

Muddle together the fresh lime and mint.  Transfer the fresh lime and mint to a shaker, add vodka-SHAKE.  Pour over ice and add Sprite Zero.

Enjoy!

skinny watermelon smash

The Skinny Watermelon Smash {cocktail recipe}

Happy Memorial Day! Before you set out for the day’s festivities, I have to share a beautiful thing…a deliciously refreshing beautiful thing that’s SKINNY. It’s a better-for-you spin off of a watermelon mojito that will knock your socks off with it’s crisp, refreshing taste and of course it looks like a beauty too! The Skinny Watermelon Smash may just become my go-to drink this summer. It’s simply fabulous.

The Skinny Watermelon Smash {cocktail recipe}

Gather up:

2 oz. citron vodka (I used Absolute Citron)

1/2 cup freshly sliced watermelon

2 sprigs of fresh mint (one is just for garnish)

1 tsp. agave nectar

splash of soda water

one cup crushed ice

Instructions:

Using a muddler, crush the watermelon and one sprig of mint together

Fill a cocktail shaker with  one cup of crushed ice, add the crushed watermelon & mint, vodka, and agave nectar. SHAKE.  Pour into a cocktail glass and top with a splash of soda water, garnish with a spring of mint.

Pure, refreshing, perfection.

Happy Memorial Day!

the skinny dirty monkey freeze

The Skinny Dirty Monkey Freeze {drink recipe}

You might remember the recent (heavenly) Dirty Monkey Cookie recipe I shared, well in that post I shared the story of how my love of everything banana & chocolate came about…I first discovered the Dirty Monkey frozen rum drink while on a vacation in the Dominican Republic years ago, it’s been a staple for me on hot summer days ever since!  The delicious frozen chocolate banana drink inspired me to create the cookie, and now I’ve taken it one step further…I’ve concocted a SKINNY version of my favorite frozen tropical drink.  Enter The Skinny Dirty Monkey Freeze


The Skinny Dirty Monkey Freeze (serves 2)

one serving is less than 150 calories!

Gather Up:

one banana

3 oz. spiced rum (I used Captain Morgan)

2 T skim milk

1 packet of Stevia sweetener

1 tsp cocoa powder

1 T Greek vanilla yogurt (optional, makes it creamier, yum)

1.5 – 2 cups of ice

a dash of granola to garnish the top

Throw all of the ingredients inside a blender and GRIND!  The finished product should look something like this…

Such an amazing treat =)

Enjoy!

 

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The Skinny Spiked Sangria {Recipe}

Sangria’s are great, they are essentially the “kitchen sink” of cocktails.  They make marvelous party drinks since you can make them in large batches and there are endless sangria variations and possibilities.  Red sangria {my favorite} is the most common, though I’ve had some great white sangria recipes too.  Over the years, I’d like to say that I’ve come pretty close to perfection with the simple red sangria recipe I’m about to share with you.  Not only is this drink delectable, but of course, it’s SKINNY too {well just about at “skinny” as sangria can be!}.   Here it is, the Skinny Spiked Sangria Recipe…  Oh, and be sure to use a BIG pitcher for this sangria recipe, it makes a lot!

Gather up:

1 750 ml bottle of red wine {I like to use Carlo Rossi, Merlot}

6 oz. Three Olives Rangtang Vodka

6 oz. Three Olives Cherry Vodka

1 can of Sprite Zero

8 oz. V8 Splash, Diet Berry Blend

4 oz. fresh squeezed orange juice

2 granny smith apples, cut into wedges

1 blood orange, cut into wedges

1/2 cup of white grapes, cut in half

Blend all ingredients in a large pitcher, keep refridgerated.  Store up to 24 until used.  Serve over ice.

 

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The Skinny Espresso Martini

Warning!  This may just be the best espresso martini you’ll ever have.  It’s known to bring on feelings of intense happiness & excitement along with continuous cravings for more.  The best part about this espresso martini?  It’s SKINNY.  I am a huge lover of espresso martinis, but I always felt guilty indulging because of their high calorie content.  That’s when I created this delightful, low calorie espresso martini recipe.  These things are so delicious you’d never know they were the better-for-you alternative!

Introducing, The Skinny Espresso Martini

Gather up:

4 oz. chilled coffee or espresso {I usually use a french press to make double strength espresso ;)}

2 oz. Smirnoff Whipped Cream Vodka {you can also use, vanilla, fluffed or any other similar flavored vodka

just a splash of Bailey’s Irish Cream

Instructions:

Fill a cocktail shaker with lots of ice, pour in coffee, vodka & Bailey’s-shake INTENSELY {crucial to create that wonderful foamy deliciousness} for 30 seconds.

Pour into your favorite martini glass, garnish with three coffee beans and savor your Skinny Espresso Martini!