Friday, December 18, 2015

Festive and Sparkling *Low-Calorie* Cocktail and Mocktail Ideas Under 150 Calories

The holiday season is in full swing and if you’re planning on hosting a party between now and New Year’s Eve, these sparkling cocktail and mocktail recipes from HINT, Sparkling ICE, and VOGA Italia Wine will be the perfect conversation piece. Made with seasonal ingredients such as peppermint, cranberries and blueberries, these drinks will add a little sparkle to your holiday cheer. And the sangria recipe below is a great one to make in advance, leaving you with one less thing to worry about during your party! Your guests will also appreciate the fact that these festive drinks fall under 150 calories, thus not completely sabotaging their diets (or at least leading the option to save room for dessert!).



  • Peppermint Martini: 2 oz. Peppermint HINT water, 1.5 oz. vodka, 1 oz. cranberry juice, 1 oz. seltzer water, 1 mint leaf. Combine HINT, vodka, cranberry juice and mint leaf in a shaker with ice.  Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Top with seltzer water and garnish with peppermint stick or mint leaf (optional)
  • Blueberry Blitzer (mocktail): 3 oz. Peppermint HINT water, 2 oz. 100% cranberry juice, 1 oz. seltzer water, ¼ cup blueberries Combine HINT and cranberry juice and mint leaf in a shaker with ice.  Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Top with seltzer water and garnish with blueberries (optional)
  • PomBerry Splash (mocktail): 3 oz. Black Raspberry Sparkling ICE, 2 oz. pomegranate juice, crushed candy canes. Combine Sparkling ICE and pomegranate juice in a shaker with ice.  Wet the edge of a chilled martini glass and dip into crushed candy cane pieces. Shake and strain into the glass. Garnish with peppermint stick (optional)
  • Black Raspberry Icicle: 1 oz Makers Mark Bourbon, 1 oz dry vermouth, 3 oz Black Raspberry Sparkling ICE. Combine all ingredients into a shaker with ICE. Shake and pour into s chilled martini glass. Garnish with fresh blackberries or raspberries (optional)
  • VOGA’s Sparkling Peppermint Swirl: 2 oz VOGA Premium Sparkling, 1 oz vanilla vodka, Splash of Grenadine, mint leaves, crushed candy canes. Combine VOGA Premium Sparkling, vodka, grenadine, and mint leaves in a shaker with ice.  Wet the edge of a chilled martini glass and dip into crushed candy cane pieces. Shake and strain into the glass. Garnish with peppermint stick (optional)
  • VOGA’s Holiday Sangria: 2 bottles VOGA Italia Merlot (or VOGA Italia’s *New* Dolce Rosso for a sweeter sangria), 3-4 fresh figs, sliced (or 1 cup dried figs),1 fresh gala apple, sliced, I pear, sliced, 1 cup of cherries, 2-3 oranges, sliced (not peeled), 1 cup orange juice, 1 cup brandy, ½ cup triple sec. Combine all fruit slices in a glass pitcher and slowly pour in orange juice, brandy, triple sec, and wine. Cover and chill from 2-24 hours (the longer, the better!) Stir gently and serve over ice. Garnish glasses with orange peel (optional). Makes about 15 servings
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About HINT

HINT, whose mantra is Drink Water, Not Sugar® is the brainchild of Kara Goldin, a San Francisco mother of four who was seeking a refreshing, unsweetened and no calorie beverage to give her family. Her simple solution – HINT Essence Water. Launched in 2005, Kara developed HINT in response to the increased availability of sugary juices and sodas. HINT is at the heart of a healthy lifestyle™, and is available in many delicious flavors including Blackberry, Watermelon, Pomegranate-Tangerine, Mango-Grapefruit, Strawberry-Kiwi and Raspberry-Lime. HINT Essence Water can be found in fine grocery stores and retailers all over the United States or purchased online at www.drinkhint.com. The latest addition, HINT FIZZ is available nationwide at specialty grocery stores. More information is also available at www.facebook.com/drinkhint.
 
 

About Sparkling ICE

At last, Sparkling ICE has made a great tasting, refreshing, zero calorie beverage “Perfectly Possible.”™ Sparkling ICE combines naturally flavored sparkling mountain spring water, vitamins and antioxidants and natural fruit juices for a bold, lightly-carbonated beverage that appeals to all age groups. Available in eight refreshing flavors: Coconut Pineapple, Lemon Lime, Kiwi Strawberry, Lemonade, Orange Mango, Pomegranate Berry, Pink Grapefruit, and Black Raspberry, Sparkling ICE can be found in retailers nationwide. A great alternative to soft drinks, Sparkling ICE is caffeine free and sweetened with Splenda.  Sparkling ICE is part of the TalkingRain® family of beverages, and retails for $1.19-$1.29. To locate Sparking ICE visit www.sparklingice.com.

 

 

About VOGA Italia

VOGA Italia hails from Italy, the country best known for producing some of the world’s best wine as well as its’ keen sense of style. VOGA Italia encompasses all aspects offering a collection of crisp delicious wine thoughtfully packaged in a revolutionary re-designed bottle featuring a unique resealable cap. Since the company’s inception, VOGA has earned numerous awards and accolades for their sleek and sexy glass cylindrical bottle, presentation and most importantly taste.  The collection retails from $10.99 to $15.99 and includes Pinot Grigio, Merlot, Moscato, and Premium Sparkling. VOGA is available in over 62 countries, hundreds of major cities, and can be found in thousands of the world’s trendiest bars, restaurants and shops. Wherever, whenever, if you are drinking VOGA you are drinking IN Style.  For more information on VOGA Italia wine www.vogaitalia.com
 

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