Sometimes it’s good to switch things up; there are only so many margaritas and Coronas one can consume in one summer without a much-needed change of pace. That’s why Boston bartenders are mixing up several "skinny" cocktails in bars and restaurants, keeping you cool with adult beverages — minus the guilt.
The good news is they are sharing their recipes for their low-cal cocktail concoctions so you can impress guests at your next BBQ or have some fun at home.
Check out the recipes for these drinks that are full of flavor, but low in calories (all under 200), so you can catch a buzz and still keep your beach body. You can find these "skinny" cocktails at Fleming’s, Haru, Legal Seafoods, Prezza and Dante. The drinks feature healthy ingredients such as fresh watermelon, cucumbers, peach puree, agave nectar and even Hungarian peppers, which provide not only a burst of flavor, but act as a thermogenic agent to help speed up your metabolism and burn fat!
Relaxing on the roof deck or patio this evening with friends? Beat the heat with these light drinks:
1. NAKED PINA COLADA
Only 60 calories/ounce; $12.50 at Prezza, 24 Fleet Street, Boston, 617.227.1577
Fresh sliced pineapple
Don Q coconut rum
Arrange slices of pineapple in a large jar.
Fill the rest of the jar with Don Q coconut rum.
Allow to marinate for two days, (covered).
Strain rum from the jar and pour over ice; shake vigorously.
Serve straight-up, in a martini glass.
Only 99 calories; $12.95 at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 217 Stuart Street, Boston, 617.292.0808
1.25 oz SVEDKA Clementine Vodka
.25 oz lemon juice
.75 oz orange juice
1 packet Splenda
1 oz soda water
Shake all ingredients on ice (shake vigorously as to dissolve all Splenda) and pour into a martini glass.
Garnish with three mini, white marshmallows on skewer, (note: freeze the marshmallows so they are easier to skewer).
3. WATERMELON FIZZ
Under 100 calories; $6 during the month of July at Haru Sushi, 55 Huntington Avenue, Boston, 617.536.0770
1 oz Inocente Tequila
3 oz fresh watermelon
.1 oz simple syrup
.1 oz soda water
5 pieces of cilantro
Squeeze of lime
Muddle watermelon along with cilantro leaves (split in halves).
Add ice, simple syrup, tequila.
Shake vigorously and pour all contents into a rocks glass.
Garnish with a piece of watermelon in a bamboo spike.
Only 101; $9.95 at all locations of Legal Sea Foods
.5 oz Marie Brizard Peach Liqueur
.5 oz peach puree
Float of Prosecco
Add Marie Brizard Peach Liqueur and peach puree to a shaker.
Shake lightly (3-4 times).
Strain the mix into a champagne flute and top with Prosecco.
Only 102 calories; $8.95 also at all locations of Legal Sea Foods
3 slices of cucumber (with skin)
1.5 oz lime cordial
1 pinch of Kosher salt
1.5 oz Belvedere Vodka
2 dashes Fee Brothers grapefruit bitters
Muddle cucumbers, lime cordial and salt in a mixing glass.
Add vodka, bitters and ice.
Top with a metal tin shaker and shake hard; strain into a martini glass.
6. AGAVE DIAVOLO
Only 165 calories; $9 at Restaurant dante , 40 Edwin H. Land Boulevard, Cambridge, 617.497.4200
2oz Tequila Infused with Hungarian Peppers, Pineapple and Rosemary
.25 oz Organic Amber Agave Nectar
.5 oz Fresh Lime Juice
Combine four Hungarian peppers, one sprig of rosemary and one half of a fresh sliced pineapple with one liter of tequila. Allow to infuse for two days.
Combine infused tequila with agave nectar and lime juice.
Shake and serve in a rocks glass.
(Optional — salt rim)