Splurge or save on end-of-summer cocktail drinks
Wrap the summer up right!
Whether you're ignoring or counting calories, we've gathered some of the best summer drinks for the angel or devil on your shoulder. Celebrate the end of summer by asking for these tasty treats at your favorite bar or try whipping one up yourself!
The Ruby Mojito vs. the Emerald Gimlet
One drink packs 285 calories, while the other has 162. Click through to see which is the splurge, and which is the save.
SPLURGE - The Ruby Mojito (285 calories)
1.25 oz Zacapa Rum
1/2 oz lemon juice
1/2 oz St. Germain
6 mint leaves
Muddle mint with ice, add rum, lemon juice, St. Germain. Shake and strain over new ice. Top with soda. Serve in a highball glass and garnish with a lemon twist.
SAVE - The Emerald Gimlet (162 calories)
2 oz vodka
3/4 oz lime juice
1/2 oz lemon simple syrup
3 large basil leaves
Muddle basil with ice. Add simple syrup, lime juice and vodka. Shake and strain. Pour into martini glass and garnish with a lime chip.
The Raymos Gin Fizz vs. the Coastal Reign
One drink has 280 calories, while the other fetches 180. Click through to see which drink is the splurge and which is the save.
SPLURGE - Raymos Gin Fizz (280 calories)
This light and airy drink is made with heavy cream and egg whites for a smooth cocktail that reminds us of key lime pie.
2 oz gin
1 egg white
1 oz heavy cream
1/2 oz lemon juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
3 dashes orange blossom water
Splash of soda water
SAVE - Coastal Reign (180 calories)
This light drink is full of summer flavor.
2 oz cucumber/lemongrass-infused vodka
1 oz Cardamaro
1 oz Dolin's Blanc Vermouth
Basil Blue vs. Basil Baby Blue
One drink as 261 calories while the other has 136 calories. Click through to see which one is the splurge and which one is the save.
SPLURGE - Basil Blue (261 calories)
2 oz blueberry vodka
4 oz rose champagne
1/2 oz simple syrup
4 basil leaves
Muddle blueberries and basil in a rocks glass. Pour 2 jiggers of vodka and fill glass with ice. Pour a ½ jigger of simple syrup and champagne.
SAVE - Basil Baby Blue (136 calories)
Use the same recipe as the Basil Blue (previous drink) but use Splenda syrup and club soda in place of simple syrup and champagne.
Pomegranate Margarita vs. Rosalita
One drink boasts 200 calories, while the other has only 150. Can you guess which is the splurge and which is the save?
SPLURGE - Pomegranate Margarita (200 calories)
2 oz white tequila
½ oz Triple Sec
1 oz fresh lime juice
1 tbsp fresh pomegranate juice
6-8 oz or one scoop of ice
Garnish with lime wheel or wedge
Mix all the ingredients in a blender until smooth and frothy.
SAVE - Rosalita (150 calories)
1/4 oz orange juice
1/2 oz lime juice
1/2 oz agave mixture
2 oz Casa Noble Organic Silver Tequila
Shake together and serve over ice.
Tequila Mockingbird vs. Heat of the Night
One of these drinks contains 230 calories while the other weighs in at 166 calories. Which drink is the splurge and which is the save?
SPLURGE - Tequila Mockingbird (230 calories)
1 ½ oz white tequila
½ oz grapefruit juice
1 oz St. Germain
¼ oz basil mint syrup
Basil leaves, finely ground
Rim glass with basil/sugar mixture. Shake tequila, grapefruit juice, St. Germain and syrup. Strain into martini glass.
SAVE - Heat of the Night (166 calories)
½ oz lemon juice
1 oz jalapeno simple syrup
2 oz Nolet's 44 gin
Shake all ingredients and strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with three pieces of candied ginger.
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