Blood Orange and Cardamom Mojitos with Basil Recipe


I'm not a fan of overly sweet drinks, desserts, or TV hostesses. In fact, I usually drink my vodka straight, because at the end of the day I'm just a simple girl who likes to get kicked out of bars in three-inch heels. But since this is a PJ party and not a Motörhead concert, I figured, why not dress it up a little with a not-too-sweet blood orange mojito?

Notes

Adapted from "Nadia G's Bitchin' Kitchen: Cookin' for Trouble" (Ballantine Books Trade Paperbacks, 2011).

Ingredients

For the infused vodka

  • 3 green cardamom pods
  • 1 cup good quality vodka
  • 1 teaspoon blood orange zest
  • 1 whole vanilla bean

For the maple blood-orange juice

  • 4 cups blood orange juice, strained of pulp
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

For the cocktail

  • 1 1/2 ounce infused vodka
  • Ice
  • 1 cup Thai sweet basil leaves
  • 6 cups sparkling water

11 Refreshing Mojito Recipes to Bookmark for the Hottest Days of Summer

When a pitcher of beer is feeling too heavy in the dog days of summer, look to the minty goodness of a fresh mojito to save the day. Below, 11 of the most refreshing ways to cool yourself down, from Southern sweet tea mojitos to a lemon ginger cocktail that's just right for summer colds.

A Thai-inspiredbeverage with a boozy kick.

Ingredients:

1 cup Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice

10 Large Fresh Basil Leaves, stems removed and discarded

Orange Slices, for garnish

Additional Basil Leaves for Garnish

In a medium pitcher, combine the orange juice, simple syrup, and basil. Use a wooden spoon or a muddler to crush the basil leaves in the bottom of the pitcher. Stir in the rum and club soda. Serve immediately in individual glasses over crushed ice. Garnish with orange slices and fresh basil.

A spicy option that brings the heat.

Ingredients:

Half of a Large Mango, peeled and sliced

2 Jalapeño Slices (with seeds)

Orange Slice and Extra Jalapeño slices for garnish

Add mango slices to a food processor or blender. Cut the lime in half and juice half of it with the mango. Puree until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed. Juice remaining lime half into a cocktail shaker. Add mint leaves, jalapeño slices, and sugar and muddle to release mint and pepper flavor. Add mango puree and Sailor Jerry Rum and shake. Pour straight into an ice filled glass, top with sparkling water, and lightly stir.

When you need something super sweet and bubbly.

Ingredients:

10 Fresh Mint or Orange Mint Leaves

Mandarin Oranges, sliced into wedges

½ cup Canada Dry Sparkling Seltzer Water in Mandarin Orange

Add sugar cubes and orange triangles to glass and muddle. Take mint leaves in one hand and slap it with the other to release flavor and add to glass. Add orange juice and rum. Add ice until just below the rim of the glass, using a spoon to stir. Top off with Canada Dry Sparkling Seltzer Water in Mandarin Orange. Garnish with additional orange triangles.

Ingredients:

Squeeze each half of the lemon into two 16 oz. mason jars or tumblers then place lemon half in glass. Add 5-6 fresh mint leaves to each glass then muddle with a wooden spoon. Fill glasses with ice then add 2 oz. sweet tea flavored vodka and 1/2 cup lemonade or club soda (or a mixture) to each glass. Screw on top and shake to combine or stir to combine then serve.

Ingredients:

Add the mint and lime juice to a tall glass. Muddle together to extract the flavor of the mint. Add in rum, blood orange juice and simple syrup. Top with sparkling water and ice. Serve immediately.

Bookmark for when you've got a summer cold and don't want to sweat through a hot toddy.

Ingredients:

1 inch of Ginger, peeled and sliced thin

1 tblsp. Lemon Simple Syrup

In the bottom of a glass muddle the ginger, mint, and simple syrup. Add ice to the glass. Pour in the rum and then top with the soda, stir well to combine.

A delicious fruit cocktail that's the light treat you need on sweltering days.

Ingredients:

¼ lime wedge, with extra for garnish

In a glass, add ¼ lime, spearmint leaves, agave nectar, and ripe raspberries. Gently crush ingredients with a muddler and fill glass with ice. Add in white rum and top with club soda. Garnish with lime wedge before serving.

Your standard mojito, with Irish flair.

Ingredients:

5-7 Mint Leaves, gently pressed in a tall glass

Shake these ingredients with ice. Double strain over fresh ice in the tall glass that has the mint in it. Top with soda water and garnish with the mint.

Ingredients:

2 tblsp. Fresh Blackberries

2 tblsp. Fresh Raspberries

Take two short cocktail glasses and fill with equal parts blackberries, raspberries, mint leaves and Truvia. Squeeze lime wedges into the glass and pour in rum. Muddle the mixture together breaking up the berries and bruising the mint. Add in ice and top with seltzer. Gently stir to combine.

A fresh idea from Azure at the Palazzo for your next BBQ (and the best way to use watermelon leftovers).

Ingredients:

1 1/2 oz. Owls Brew "White & Vine" (White tea with lemon and watermelon)

3/4 oz. Marie Brizard Watermelon Liqueur

1 1/2 oz. Fresh Lemon/Agave Sour (see above recipe)

4-5 1" Cubes fresh Watermelon

In a mixing glass gently muddle mint and watermelon. Add remainder of ingredients with ice and shake. Pour contents into a Double Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with fresh mint.


30 of the Best Orange Recipes

Today we’re talking all things orange and I’m sharing this list of 30 of the Best Orange Recipes. This is the second in my series on citrus fruit. If you love lemon (and you should) you’ll want to check out 30 of the Best Lemon Recipes too.

Orange is my all time favorite fruit. It’s so sweet and juicy that it’s perfection on it’s own. You can’t say that about everything. Sometimes blueberries aren’t sweet enough. While I’m a big fan of cooking with lemon and lime you wouldn’t exactly want to take a bite of them. Strawberries, as yummy as they are, go bad quickly so we have to rush to devour them before they start to get too soft in the fridge. But an orange never lets you down. It’s juicy and bursting with sweetness. It’s stays fresh forever (slight exaggeration). It’s so versatile you can add it to just about anything. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts, drinks… you can’t go wrong.

I hope this collection inspires you to try something yummy, new, and very orange. Like something? Just click the image to be directed to the recipe.

1. 15 Minute Instant Pot Orange Chicken

This stunning dinner can be yours in only 15 minutes. It’s the perfect mixture of sweet and salty. I’m fantasizing about this over coconut rice or veggies. Yum!

2. Sticky Orange Olive Oil Baked Donuts

I’ll take one of these with my morning coffee please. Then another. Heck, probably three.

3. Winter Sweet Citrus Salad

This salad is beautiful no matter the time of year. It includes a honey champagne vinaigrette, oranges, grapefruit, pomegranate, and pistachios. What’s not to love?

4. Orange Upside Down Cake

An orange version of a pineapple upside down cake? Brilliant. Dripping with caramel sauce? Amazing. This baby might be the cake of my dreams.

5. Orange Cumin Roasted Chicken

Butter, garlic, thyme, red pepper flakes, oranges, OH MY. This flavorful dish has my vote. It’s a feast of flavors that is sure to win over everyone at dinner.

6. Healthy Creamsicles

Popsicles are always a great idea because they’re so easy to make and the sky is the limit for what flavor combinations you use. This version is essentially a delicious orange frozen yogurt on a stick. You can’t go wrong with that.

7. Orange Salmon with Dill and Orange Rice

This flavorful fish is paired with a white wine cream sauce that I could never say no to. Did I mention the rice prepared with a little orange juice and zest? And everyone knows dill is seafood’s best friend. Get in my belly.

8. Orange Chocolate Chiffon Cake

Orange + Chocolate. Yes. Yes. All the yes. Guests will definitely be wowed by this beautiful dessert.

9. Blood Orange Margaritas

Margarita mixes make me cringe so naturally I got excited about this homemade blood orange version. You can’t beat the vibrant color! The splash of carbonated water sounds like a great way to make it extra special.

10. Orange Marshmallows

What a fun way to introduce a little citrus! You could gobble them on their own or add them to dessert recipes and drinks.

11. Citrus Orange Lemon Bars

Traditional lemon bars are a classic dessert. I grew up eager to find them at church potlucks and bake sales. I can’t imagine a better way to improve an already tasty treat than with orange!

12. Citrus Caprese Salad

I adore a caprese salad and this is such a fun spin on the traditional version. Here the star is the citrus and it’s beautifully paired with basil and mozzarella.

13. Dark Chocolate Covered Dates Stuffed with Orange Coconut Cream

A local restaurant here serves the most incredible stuffed dates. They’re savory and stuffed with cheese. One day I’m going to recreate those bad boys. In the meantime I am totally drooling over these sweet dates. How decadent does orange coconut cream sound? I’ll answer for you. Very.

14. 3 Minute Mediterranean Orange Salad

Often the very best things are the simplest, aren’t they? This salad demonstrates that truth. It includes very few ingredients and each one shines. A stunning blend of sweet and savory.

15. Orange Cardamom Chocolate No Churn Ice Cream

When I think of orange I think of the bright sweet taste but this recipe is taking orange to the dark side. In a really good way. So creamy and yummy.

16. Roasted Chicken with All Spice and Citrus

Sheet pan meals are the best because everything goes in the oven together and comes out completely transformed and caramelized. Roasted and caramelized wins the day everyday with me.

17. Mimosa Poached Salmon Salad

This is not your average salmon. No, this salmon is poached in orange juice and champagne. Say what? Oh yes she did and I am completely on board with it.

18. Orange Marmalade Chicken

This simple chicken dish requires only 5 ingredients and 5 minutes of prep. I know we can all appreciate that! Plus this sweet glaze just screams summer to me. Also I’m pretty sure it’s screaming at me to eat it. And I will.

19. Orange Basil Sherbet

Is there anything basil can’t do? I don’t think so.

20. Orange Salsa

This sweet colorful salsa would be incredible on seafood or tacos. She recommends a shredded lamb taco recipe (also available on her website) and it looks like a major upgrade from more traditional tacos. Delicious!

21. Polenta Orange Cake

This soft polenta cake is soaked in a homemade orange syrup. Yes please. Let’s all agree to just put orange syrup on everything, okay?

22. Dried Fig & Blood Orange Tart

Fig and orange is such a surprising combo to me and I 100% approve. This tart is simply gorgeous!

23. Orange Blueberry Buttermilk Cupcakes

I prefer cupcakes that aren’t slathered with frosting so these lovelies are speaking my language.

24. Orange Julius Popsicles

Talk about a tropical treat! Coconut milk, orange, and banana. I feel like I’m transported to a beach already!

25. Blood Orange Salad with Balsamic Vinegar Dressing

Blood orange has to be one of the prettiest fruits (with the most unfortunate name). I love that this salad really lets it shine and how it’s paired with avocado. The balsamic vinegar perfectly balances it all out.

26. Iced Orange Ginger Green Tea

My sister drinks cold green tea sweetened with a little juice every morning. I know she’d be a big fan of this citrus and ginger version.

27. Honey Tangerine Fizz

Now if you’re looking for a drink with alcohol (hello, vacation!) this has my vote for a summer cocktail.

28. Easy Citrus Salts

Salt and orange zest (or any citrus) can liven up every dish. These citrus salts are good for almost a year so you can store them in jars until you’re ready to use them!

29. Eggless Orange Blueberry Cornbread

This bread proves that cornbread doesn’t have to be savory. I wouldn’t mind to waking up to a loaf of this in the morning. Yes, I said loaf and not slice. Because let’s be real.

30. Grilled Orange Chicken

This orange chicken is completely good for you and Whole 30 too! It has a mild citrus flavor you’ll love. Serve with veggies or over a beautiful salad for a guilt-free meal.

Don’t forget to check out the first in this citrus series, 30 of the Best Lemon Recipes! You’ll find lots of lemon inspiration there.


When life gives you lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruits, why not let them sparkle in mouthwatering citrus-flavored desserts? We can all agree that citrus is wonderful for eating out of hand, refreshing as juice, and shines in all kinds of salads, but if you ask us, its potential for sweet applications is underrated and under-appreciated. Citrus desserts are where these fruits really dazzle, as evidenced by the Basil-Yogurt Panna Cotta with Grapefruit Gelèe that you see right here.

Both in baked goods and spoonable, scoopable treats, citrus is sublime, and the glorious dessert recipes we've gathered here feature everything from fragrant slices and fresh-squeezed splashes of juice to aromatic zest from a hit parade of varieties. That's right, varieties&mdashour recipes feature different types of citrus, and then different varieties within the same category, like Cara Cara, blood oranges, and mandarins, all of which you can find in the produce section of your local supermarket. Fill your basket up with the season's best, and then turn them into some sweet, bright sunshine with these citrus dessert recipes.

Want to start with a stunner? Our Citrus Upside-Down Cake is it. Though it looks next-level, it's actually easy to make no layers, no frosting, just a simple sour cream cake batter over the shingled rounds of citrus. When the weather turns warmer, or when you just want a blast of sunshine on your spoon, turn to our refreshing citrus sorbet recipe. It's a formula you can change over time once you master the basic recipe for grapefruit, try the variations with tangerine or blood orange. Then move on to customizing this frosty treat to your own liking: Add fresh herbs, pairing blood orange with rosemary or thyme, or take it into grown-up territory by spiking the sorbet with a little Aperol or Campari.

And don't miss out on the cutest individual dessert around: We have a recipe for a deconstructed cream pie that's a cinch to make. We like that the process of preparing these jars is less of a challenge than making and baking a graham cracker crust, and it helps that these mini desserts are much easier to serve, too.

These 25 citrus dessert recipes show the versatility of the colorful, juicy fruits. Embrace their beauty and their flavor with these must-make cookies, cake, pie, fritters, sorbet, tart, and more.

Recipes by Shira Bocar art direction by James Maikowski prop styling by Tanya Graff food styling by Judy Kim.


Recipe: Blood Orange Thai Mojito

Ever since my first trip to Thailand four years ago, I’ve been on a personal quest to uncover the secret to the Thai mojito. After trying my first one (by accident) in Chiang Mai, I was obsessed (like with so many other things in Thailand after that trip. Mango sticky rice and smoothie bowls anyone?) There was something different about it and I just couldn’t put my finger on. So I did some research, which involved drinking many mojitos (tough job, I know). And I think I found the answer…

It’s all in the sugar and the herbs. In the traditional Cuban version, sugar cane juice or cane sugar is used along with a simple mix of mint and rum. However, in the Thai version, palm sugar is used and muddled with a variety of herbs including mint, basil, kaffir lime leaves, ginger, or lemongrass, which adds depth and balance of flavor that compliments Thai food perfectly.

Since I like to put my own spin on things, I took the Thai mojito a step further with the addition of Thai chili which adds a nice bitey finish without being spicy. Citrus plays an important roll in the mojito and the Thai flavor profile, and since it’s blood orange season, they lend perfectly as a substitute for the sweet green oranges found around the country. Voila! The blood orange Thai mojito was born, which I like to think is an outstanding throwback to the original I tried many moons ago.

Crafting the Perfect Mojito

After sampling so many mojitos, I’d like to think my game is pretty strong, and isn’t nearly as time-consuming or difficult to make as people might think. Just keep one thing in mind — fresh ingredients are everything. None of that concentrate crap in this drink. Fresh juice + fresh herbs = mojito perfection.

Muddling

It’s important to have the proper tools for muddling, and you can pick up a simple wooden or metal muddler for a few bucks at any kitchen store. But, if you don’t have one handy, a wooden spoon should do the trick. While it’s easy to muddle, it’s even easier to over-do it on the herbs, which in turn causes your drink to become bitter from the release of chlorophyll. Here’s a sure-fire method to up your mojito muddling game:

  1. Choose a sturdy mixing glass, a cocktail glass, or a shaker.
  2. Remove the herb leaves from the stems and place them into the mixing glass. Add sugar, fruit, and juice.
  3. Place the muddler in the glass gently pressing it down on the leaves and give a half turn. Continue the motion 4-6 times until the herb’s aroma is released. I also like to stir the mixture a few times to help incorporate the ingredients.
  4. That’s it! Add the mixture to your glass and continue building the cocktail.TIP: Be sure to muddle before adding ice or your ingredients won’t not be properly muddled and diluted from the ice.

A sip of this blood orange Thai mojito beauty will have you transported to SE Asia in no time. Cheers! ไชโย


Blood Orange Bitters

Bitters were traditionally marketed as medicines for seasickness, nausea, and other stomach maladies before being used as aromatic additives in mixed drinks. Our preparation is based on blood oranges with fragrant cardamom and other spices. We’re not claiming it’s medicine, but it can cure an under-the-weather cocktail!

GET IT
  • Zest of 3 blood oranges (about 1 cup, loosely packed)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla corn syrup
  • 5 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick, broken in half
  • 3 whole green cardamom pods
  • 1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 8 ounces high-proof vodka (we used 100 proof)
  • Mortar and pestle
  • Infusing vessel of choice (make sure it has a tight-fitting lid)
  • Fine mesh strainer
MAKE IT

Wash and dry the blood oranges. Peel the zest off with a vegetable peeler or paring knife, making sure to get the top layer only, not the bitter white pith. Place the zest strips onto a silpat or parchment lined baking sheet and put it into the preheated oven for 45 minutes. Remove and let cool to room temperature.

Lightly crush spices (cloves through coriander seeds) in a mortar and pestle and drop them into your infusing vessel. Add dried zest and corn syrup. Pour vodka over top and seal tightly. Let the bitters steep for 2 weeks, shaking every 2 days to distribute flavors evenly.

Place strainer over a bowl. Pour the blood orange bitters over the strainer to remove the solid pieces and stop the steeping process. Pour the bitters back into your infusing vessel and seal to store. Use an eyedropper to measure out small quantities for mixing.


25 Seriously Refreshing Mojito Recipes

This refreshing take on a mojito, using lime sorbet or sherbet, is equal parts drink and dessert. Grab a spoon and dig in!

Get the recipe at Julie Blanner.

The blackberry in this recipe gives the drink a picture-perfect deep red color, but you can easily swap in any other fruit. Muddle away!

Get the recipe at Kitchen Swagger.

Blood orange and raspberry is a way under-appreciated fruit pairing, but it makes this mojito tart and delicious.

Get the recipe at Cooking LSL.

This refreshing summer drink mixes the blueberries' sweetness with the limes' tartness, making it almost dangerously easy to down in one go.

Get the recipe at Baking Beauty.

You'll have to make your own lavender simple syrup here, but it's surprisingly easy to do. Don't be surprised if you see this drink at every wedding you go to this summer &ndash it's positively Instagram-worthy.

Get the recipe at How Sweet It Is.

Make your mojitos brunch-appropriate by adding in some sparkling wine. The addition of Thai basil leaves gives this version a little something extra special!

Get the recipe at Foodie Crush.

If it ain't broke, don't fix it &ndash keeping things classic never hurt anyone when it comes to cocktails. The only variation here is homemade simple syrup rather than granulated sugar.

Get the recipe at Chef Savvy.

I'm feeling hydrated and zen just looking at this drink. Cucumbers make everything healthier, right?

Get the recipe at Diethood.

It just looks like a piña colada. In reality, this blended, coconut-sweetened cocktail is one unique take on a mojito. Brew some up, kick back, and pretend you're on a tropical island.

Get the recipe at A Spicy Perspective .

This pretty drink is basically made for Mason jar soirées. It's got just a hint of lavender flavor.

Get the recipe at Sugar and Charm.

Spring is grapefruit season, so grab one of the citrus fruits and get to muddling &ndash it'll give your mojito an extra boost of tartness and a soft pinkish color.

Get the recipe at Best Friends for Frosting.

It may resemble Tang in hue, but this is a decidedly adult beverage. Mandarins can be swapped for any other small citrus fruit.

Get the recipe at Luvo.

Pretend it's summer with this delicious tropical take on a mojito, using exotic (and pretty) passion fruit.

Get the recipe at A Cookie Named Desire.

Pineapple + ginger + spiced rum in place of white rum = how can you go wrong?

Get the recipe at Kitchen Sanctuary.

Kiwis and blueberries may not be an intuitive pairing, but they sure look good together. This recipe makes a pitcher-sized portion, but you might not be inclined to share.

Get the recipe at Laylita.

Diced peaches sweeten up this mojito version perfectly &ndash you'll hardly need any sugar at all.

Get the recipe at Curly Girl Kitchen .

The recipe for this sweet, summer-y treat suggests using frozen strawberries in place of fresh ones. They double as ice cubes to keep your drink perfectly chilled.

Get the recipe at Mom On Timeout .

while sipping on this recipe, which features a healthy dose of orange juice and orange slices for garnish.

Get the recipe at Happy Foods.

Raspberry is never a bad choice for a fruity cocktail. Their tartness, paired with the mint and lime, is a winning combo.

Get the recipe at Cooking LSL.

Pomegranate is a fool-proof drink ingredient &ndash it tastes great and doubles as a pretty garnish.

Get the recipe at Katherine Martinelli.

Pineapple and coconut might have you thinking about another popular summer cocktail, but the fizziness of the La Croix Lime sparkling water in this recipe makes it all mojito. Get the coconut flavor without the overwhelming creaminess by using coconut water.

Get the recipe at 2 Cookin' Mamas .

The champagne floater in this picture-perfect, colorful drink gives it a fizzy kick. The blueberry swizzle stick adds an extra fancy touch.

Get the recipe at Domesticate Me .

The "skinny" in this take on a mojito comes from the use of diet green tea (this particular recipe calls for Lipton's Honey Ginseng flavor ).

Get the recipe at Mom On Timeout.

Watermelon might not be the first fruit you think of when it comes to muddling, but it's actually brilliant. Watermelons are naturally hydrating and give the mojito a nice, slushy texture. Plus, with agave used for sweetness, it's naturally low-cal.

Get the recipe at Watch What U Eat .

Mojitos are an exclusively warm-weather drink, right? Wrong. This "Christmas" version uses all the traditional mojito ingredients, with the addition of coconut rum, coconut milks, and pomegranate seeds for garnish.

Get the recipe at Half Baked Harvest .

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The Ingredients for a Blood Orange Tequila Fizz

Add ice to a lowball (or highball!) glass. Pour in tequila. Pour in blood orange Italian soda. Stir. Garnish with an orange slice and basil as a visual reminder to slow down & savor.

Looking for another easy cocktail? Check out the Dark & Stormy, a Moscow Mule, or a Gimlet.


20 Skinny cocktails you’ll never believe are actually low-cal

Trying to shed some of that winter weight you gained grubbing on our fantastic comfort food recipes? So are we. That’s why we rounded up these fantabulous skinny cocktails &mdash because losing weight doesn’t mean depriving yourself of everything.

1. Skinny mint mojito recipe

This skinny mint mojito is made with a simple syrup using stevia instead of sugar, so you can spend your spring not having to worry about summer.

2. The skinny, skinny pomegranate margarita recipe

Just looking at a restaurant margarita too long can make you gain a pound, so we’re grateful for this skinny, skinny pomegranate margarita that’s mixed with all-natural juices and ingredients.

3. Nilla basil daiquiri recipe

This skinny variation of the basil and honey daiquiri is an elegant cocktail, far removed from the high-calorie fruit daiquiris dispensed from frozen drink machines.

4. Low-calorie peach bikini cocktail recipe

This breezy peach bikini cocktail has almost half the calories of the fuzzier, full-calorie original.

5. Creamsicle low-calorie cocktail recipe

We’ll take two of these creative skinny creamsicle cocktails made with rum, vanilla and a variety of fruit juices.

6. Tale of two limes recipe

Hangar 1 Kaffir Lime Vodka mixed with freshly squeezed lime juice are the stars of this reimagined gin and tonic.

7. Trade winds recipe

In a delicious departure from the tiki drink, this trade winds cocktail is made with ruby red grapefruit and citrus vodka.

8. Spiked cherry lemonade slushie recipe

As spring moves closer to summer, these cherry vodka lemonade slushies will make you completely forget the heat.

9. Jalapeño-pineapple margarita recipe

A pineapple margarita sounds like it might be the perfect way to mix it up with a spicy simple syrup made with jalapeño.

10. Cherry bomb skinny cocktail recipe

Homemade skinny grenadine and limeade vodka make this cherry bomb cocktail, er, the bomb.

11. Skinny kiwi-strawberry blended cocktail recipe

Strawberries and kiwi are meant to be together, and this easy blended rum cocktail proves it.

12. Skinny blueberry spritzer recipe

Fresh blueberries and Champagne complete this sparkling blueberry spritzer and bring a satisfying end to a breezy spring day.

13. Blueberry vodka mojito cocktail recipe

This blueberry vodka mojito is so gorgeous you might not want to drink it. But if you’re like us, you won’t be able to resist the smell of fresh mint and blueberries.

14. The wicked skinny sunset cocktail recipe

This wicked cocktail made with cherry vodka and maraschino cherries was created for you summer lovers trapped in spring.

15. The smashed lime skinny margarita recipe

Muddled limes, agave nectar and blue agave tequila make a lime margarita so good you won’t believe it’s skinny.

16. Skinny sunrise cocktail recipe

Celebrate “Shrinko” de Mayo with this fabulous rum cocktail made with pineapple juice, orange juice and strawberry simple syrup.

17. Rosemary gin fizz recipe

The classic gin fizz is given a fresh, herbal twist with a sprig of rosemary and tablespoon of rosemary syrup. This recipe isn’t specifically marked as skinny, but our research shows it clocks in at around 92 calories (2 fluid ounces gin

40 calories 2 tablespoons lemon juice

4 calories 1 tablespoon simple syrup

18. Gin, rosemary, lime and soda recipe

This rosemary and lime cocktail uses homemade sweet-and-sour mix for a naturally skinny drink.

19. Celery-cilantro cocktail recipe

You’ve probably never had a sip from any sparkler as uncommonly refreshing as this celery and cilantro cocktail.

20. Skinny strawberry-basil smash cocktail recipe

Blood orange vodka, fresh lemon juice and sparkling soda poured over muddled strawberries and basil makes an amazing sweet-and-sour smash cocktail for spring.


In the interest of research, and bringing you the very best recipe possible, Jeff and I tested this Blood Orange Margarita with four different types of sweetener.

I know, I know, we’re selfless. Several slow cooker chicken burrito bowls may have been consumed in the process, too.

Here are the results of our test, in order from most favorite to least favorite:

  1. Honey – we both agreed that this was, by far, the best sweetener for blood orange margaritas. The flavor of the honey really brought out the flavor of the oranges. It was sweet without being too sweet.
  2. Simple Syrup – we made a classic simple syrup with 1 part sugar to 1 part water, warmed on the stove until the sugar dissolved. The resulting margarita was very delicious, with a sweetened yet neutral flavor. If we didn’t have honey around, this would be our choice!
  3. Brown Sugar Simple Syrup – simple syrup made as mentioned above, only with brown sugar. The finished margarita had caramel and almost smoky qualities. But, we felt that this sweetener overpowered the flavor of the blood oranges.
  4. Agave – I like agave in certain recipes (like Agave Lime Lemonade), but I did not like the flavor of it in this margarita. It added a bitter quality which I wasn’t a fan of.



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