Creamsicle Low Calorie Cocktail

Creamsicle Low Calorie Cocktail - Shellback Silver Rum, Vanilla Syrup, Peach Schnapps, Orange Juice, Pineapple Juice, Lime Juice, approximately 138 calories

Creamsicle Low Calorie Cocktail – Shellback Silver Rum, Vanilla Syrup, Peach Schnapps, Orange Juice, Pineapple Juice, Lime Juice, approximately 138 calories

I’ve done my fair share of over indulging at the breakfast, lunch and dinner table. Those in between meal nosh sessions…yes, they count too. Though I dislike counting Happy Hour as part of the daily calorie count session, the scale begs to differ.

The thing is; I’m not a quitter. I refuse to give up meals, snacks or Happy Hours. I would really rather just take the battery out of the scale or hit the gym for an extra round of…oh, who am I kidding?! The gym doesn’t really top my list of faves either. I feel good once there, but rolling out of bed at 5:30am never puts a smile on my face.

So, every once in a while a lower calorie cocktail is in order. I like to sip skinnier without feeling like I’m losing out on full size flavor. This Creamsicle cocktail keeps the calories within reason at about 138 calories. It has nice citrus tart to sweet layering of flavors with lovely aroma. It is also a full sized drink rather than some regular drink just cut in half.

Creamsicle Low Calorie Cocktail Recipe

Creamsicle Low Calorie Cocktail - Shellback Silver Rum, Vanilla Syrup, Peach Schnapps, Orange Juice, Pineapple Juice, Lime Juice, approximately 138 calories

Creamsicle Low Calorie Cocktail – approximately 138 calories

Creamsicle – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Approximately 138 calories

1-1/2 ounce Silver Rum

1 ounce Fresh Lime Juice

1/4 ounce Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup

1/4 ounce Peach Schnapps

1/4 ounce Pineapple Juice

1/4 ounce Light Orange Juice

Lime Twist Garnish

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lime twist.

Calories have been figured based upon the calorie chart estimates on this site. The calorie counts on the chart referenced are updated as often as possible.

I used Shellback Rum, DeKuyper Schnapps, DaVinci syrup and Tropicana Trop50 juice while creating this cocktail. However, feel free to use the products you like best to recreate this drink at home.

All content ©2014 Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. All Rights Reserved. Chat with Cheri @Intoxicologist on Twitter and facebook.com/Intoxicologist or str8upcocktails@gmail.com

Blueberry Celery Kale Smoothie

Blueberry Celery Kale Smoothie - banana, apple, celery, kale, lemon, blueberries, agave syrup

Blueberry Celery Kale Smoothie – banana, apple, celery, kale, lemon, blueberries, agave syrup

After making the Green Confetti Smoothie the other day, I had to make another go at it with apple and blueberries. I am so glad I did! And I am even happier I decided to make enough for two glasses instead of one. One for now, one for later. I love the way that works! Be aware this is not a creamy smooth kind of smoothie. It is as smooth as rough celery and kale veggies will get to be in a high powered blender, but it is not milkshake smooth. This blueberry celery kale smoothie combination is, however, delicious.

Blueberry Celery Kale Smoothie - banana, apple, celery, kale, lemon, blueberries, agave syrup

Blueberry Celery Kale Smoothie – Make one, save one for later.

The primary flavor is blueberry, but I was a little surprised and delighted to taste the celery at the heart of this smoothie. The celery presence was ever so light. It worked well with the Granny Smith apple. This smoothie turned out a little sweeter than the last, so it could have used just a little less agave syrup. Suit your own taste in that regard.

Blueberry Celery Kale Smoothie Recipe

Blueberry Celery Kale Smoothie - banana, apple, celery, kale, lemon, blueberries, agave syrup

Blueberry Celery Kale Smoothie

Blueberry Celery Kale Smoothie – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Makes approximately 32 ounces / 2 servings

  • 1 Ripe Banana – peeled, cut into bite sized chunks
  • 2 to 3 cups Kale – washed, torn into manageable pieces, packed into the measuring cup
  • 3 to 4 Celery Stalks – cleaned, cut into 2 to 3 inch chunks
  • 1 Granny Smith Apple – washed, cut core out, leave peel on, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 cup Frozen Unsweetened Wild Blueberries – I use frozen berries rather than fresh to add a little more cold to the smoothie. Use fresh if you prefer or flash freeze fresh berries.
  • Juice of one Lemon – allow the lemon to warm to room temperature first to get the most juice from it.
  • 1 cup Cold Water – Coconut Water could also be substituted, but it would alter the flavor of the smoothie.
  • Agave Syrup to Taste – I used approximately 1 Tablespoon. Honey, Stevia, Truvia or other sweeteners could also be used.

Place everything in a blender. Blend on high until mixture is smooth. Divide the mixture between two glasses to share – or – place half the smoothie in one glass and save the other half of the smoothie in a sealed container for later in the day.

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Pineapple Blueberry Basil Cocktail

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Pineapple Blueberry Basil Cocktail – Shellback Silver Rum, Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup, Pineapple, Blueberries, Basil, Club Soda

Make way for a drink your taste buds will love! Pineapple, blueberries and basil combine in a lovely, lightly fruited, refreshing drink that is perfect for warmer weather. This drink is definitely a favorite. The barely there hint of lemon sour balances nicely with the light herbal basil notes and lilting sweetness. This pineapple, blueberry and basil cocktail combination is a terrific alternative to garden variety summer cocktail favorites that call for mint and lime. Dare to be different. Sip delicious!

Pineapple Blueberry Basil Cocktail Recipe

Pineapple Blueberry and Basil Cocktail - Shellback Silver Rum, Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup, Pineapple, Blueberries, Basil, Club Soda

Pineapple Blueberry Basil Cocktail

Pineapple Blueberry Basil Cocktail

1-1/2 ounce Shellback Silver Rum

1/2 ounce Lemon Juice

1/2 ounce Simple Syrup

6 Basil Leaves

4 Pineapple Cubes – 1-1/2 x 1-1/2 inch roughly

25 Fresh Blueberries

1 ounce Club Soda

Blueberries & Pineapple Garnish

Muddle basil leaves, pineapple and blueberry in a cocktail shaker. Add rum, lemon juice and simple syrup with ice. Shake vigorously to infuse basil flavor into the mixture. Strain into a large rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with skewered pineapple and blueberries.

Pineapple Blueberry Basil Cocktail - Shellback Silver Rum, Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup, Pineapple, Blueberries, Basil, Club Soda

The Pineapple Blueberry Basil cocktail is ideal for spring and summer, Fourth of July, Memorial Day and Easter. This drink recipe was commissioned by representatives of Shellback Rum as part of the Corporate Mixology program offered by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. Find more recipes created by Cheri Loughlin for Shellback Rum on this site and at ShellbackRum.com and by following Shellback Rum on Facebook.

All content ©2014 Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. All Rights Reserved. Chat with Cheri @Intoxicologist on Twitter and facebook.com/Intoxicologist or str8upcocktails@gmail.com

Green Confetti Smoothie

Green Confetti Smoothie - banana, pear, celery, kale, lemon, raspberries, agave syrup

Green Confetti Smoothie – banana, pear, celery, kale, lemon, raspberries, agave syrup

What started out as a green smoothie turned into a red and green confetti smoothie. A plain green smoothie just didn’t have the flavor I was looking for. It was kind of bland and needed a little more flavor *pop* for my taste preference. Not sugar, just some good umph!

Raspberries or blueberries seemed like the perfect option for this recipe. Berries add flavor, a pop of color and they are full of antioxidants. That’s what I hear anyway. I am not making any health or scientific claims. Berries taste good and are pretty terrific in smoothies…milkshakes, cocktails, flavored waters…the list could go on and on.

Green Confetti Smoothie - banana, pear, celery, kale, lemon, raspberries, agave syrup

Green from kale and celery sprinkled in among the red raspberry color make this a “fun-fetti” sort of smoothie

This Green Confetti Smoothie can no longer make an all green smoothie claim to fame with its red raspberry hue. But it does make a fun-fetti color instead. This smoothie makes one large single size portion or you could share it between two smaller glasses. It is filling, but I will admit to a pretty healthy appetite. A green smoothie for breakfast has never stopped me from having lunch!

Green Confetti Smoothie Recipe

Green Confetti Smoothie - banana, pear, celery, kale, lemon, raspberries, agave syrup

Green Confetti Smoothie

Green Confetti Smoothie – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

  • 1/2 Banana – I like mine with a little green still on the edges, peel and cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 Pear – I prefer the Asian pears with texture similar to a crisp apple, cleaned, cut into chunks, and leave the skin on
  • 3 Celery Stalks – cleaned, cut into 2 to 3 inch chunks
  • 2 Cups Kale – cleaned and torn into manageable pieces, packed into the measuring cup
  • Juice of 1 Lemon – let it warm to room temperature to get the most juice from it
  • 3/4 to 1 cup Frozen Unsweetened Raspberries – I use frozen rather than fresh to add cold to the smoothie. Flash freeze fresh raspberries if you like
  • 1/2 cup Cold Water – a little more or a little less depending on the consistency you want for your smoothie
  • Agave Syrup to Taste – I used approximately 2 teaspoons. Use honey or another sweetener of choice according to preference

Place everything in a blender. I use a Ninja blender. It blends smoothies super smooth in seconds. It crushes ice smooth like no one’s business. My margaritas are always blended super smooth without lumps of ice. Blend on level 3 or high until the mixture is smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy. A secondary note about the Ninja: I have the one that will blend an individual size portion or a full size blender size. The individual size portions have on the go lids to take with you. It’s so handy. And just so you know, this isn’t an advertisement for Ninja products. I bought mine, use it a lot and like it. It’s a good choice if you’re in the market for a new blender.

All content ©2014 Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. All Rights Reserved. Chat with Cheri @Intoxicologist on Twitter and facebook.com/Intoxicologist or str8upcocktails@gmail.com

Kir Cocktail

Kir Cocktail variation of Kir classic - Barefoot Riesling Wine, Gin, Creme de Cassis, Blueberries

Kir Cocktail variation of Kir classic – Barefoot Riesling Wine, Gin, Creme de Cassis, Blueberries

A traditional Kir drink calls for dry white wine and crème de cassis with lemon twist. It is served chilled in a wine glass. Simple. Elegant. The Kir drink is said to be named in recognition of Mayor Canon Felix Kir of Dijon from the Burgundy region of France. The predominant flavor in the Kir cocktail is crème de cassis which is made from black currants. Crème de cassis originated in Burgundy.

Another version and possibly more popular is the Kir Royale. The Kir Royale exchanges dry white wine for champagne or sparkling wine and is served in a champagne flute. The Kir Royale is a sophisticated brunch favorite of many.

While we’re talking Kir cocktails, have you tried the Kir Martini? Yes, of course! The Kir Martini is 2-1/2 ounces Gin, 1/2 ounce Dry Vermouth, 1/4 ounce Crème de Cassis. Stir this mixture with ice until well chilled and strain into a chilled martini glass.

Kir Cocktail Recipe

This contemporary Kir Cocktail variation uses Barefoot Riesling still wine. It is sweeter than the dry white wine traditionally called for in the Kir. When pairing Riesling with gin rather than dry vermouth we come away with a lighter, sweeter cocktail that balances the gin botanicals. Increasing the crème de cassis adds just the right touch to offset any acidity in the cocktail. Blueberries brighten the look of the drink. But the blueberries do serve another purpose. Allow them to soak in the cocktail while you sip and you’re in for a delicious treat once you reach the bottom of the glass. The blueberries soak up some of the flavors of the Kir Cocktail in much the same way fruits soak up the flavor in sangria.

Kir Cocktail variation of Kir classic - Barefoot Riesling Wine, Gin, Creme de Cassis, Blueberries

Kir Cocktail

Kir Cocktail – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

2 ounces Barefoot Riesling Wine

1 ounce New Amsterdam Gin

1/2 ounce Crème de Cassis

Fresh Blueberries Garnish

Combine liquids in mixing glass with ice. Stir to chill. Strain into white wine glass. Garnish with fresh blueberries.

This Kir Cocktail recipe variation was commissioned by Barefoot Wine & Bubbly as part of the Corporate Mixology program offered by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. Find more recipes created by Cheri Loughlin for Barefoot Wine & Bubbly on this site and at BarefootWine.com and by following Barefoot Wine on Facebook.

All content ©2014 Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. All Rights Reserved. Chat with Cheri @Intoxicologist on Twitter and facebook.com/Intoxicologist or str8upcocktails@gmail.com