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Healthy cocktails

By Lia Sanders on 5/01/15 11:00 AM

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Healthy cocktails

By Lia Sanders on 5/01/15 11:00 AM

As the dieting month kicks in, there is no reason to deny yourself all pleasures. Try out these low calorie recipes which will make you feel good with compromising on flavour.

Gingered pear and brandy cocktail (10 servings; 111 calories each)

Ingredients

2 oz water
45g sugar
25g chopped peeled fresh ginger
24 oz pear juice
8 oz cognac
10 lemon rind twists

Method

Combine the water and sugar in a small saucepan over medium-high heat; cook until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Add ginger. Cover and let stand 15 minutes. Strain sugar mixture through a fine sieve. Discard solids. Chill sugar mixture 30 minutes or until ready to use. Fill a large martini shaker half full with ice. Add sugar mixture, juice, and cognac; shake until chilled. Strain 4 oz mixture into each of 10 martini glasses. Garnish each serving with 1 lemon twist.

Slushy watermelon mojitos (8 servings; 119 calories)

Ingredients

875g cubed seeded watermelon
8 oz sparkling water, chilled
2 oz chopped fresh mint
6 oz can frozen limeade concentrate, undiluted
Mint sprigs
Lime slices
Method

Arrange watermelon in a single layer on a baking sheet; freeze for 2 hours or until completely frozen. Combine frozen watermelon, sparkling water, rum, mint, and limeade in a blender; process until smooth. Garnish with mint sprigs and lime slices, if desired. Serve immediately.