Go beyond the gin and tonic this summer and mix up cocktails and mocktails with garden-fresh fruits and vegetables says eatingwell.com; pick up rosemary and cucumbers to concoct a grown-up lemonade that will keep you cool on a hot day. Puree fresh tomatoes and jalapeños for a homemade Bloody Mary. Of course it’s a pleasure to drink these tasty tipples but it doesn’t hurt that they’re also packed with antioxidants. Here’s to summer courtesy of eatingwell.com!
Cherry Smash Celebrate fresh cherries with this mint-infused cherry cocktail. Black cherry-flavored seltzer gives the drink the most cherry flavor, but plain seltzer also works well.
Makes: 4 servings
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Ingredients: 1 cup pitted fresh or frozen (thawed) cherries 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, plus 4 sprigs for garnish 8 teaspoons sugar 6 ounces (3/4 cup) dark rum 1/4 cup lime juice 3 cups cherry-flavored seltzer
Preparation 1.Divide cherries, mint leaves and sugar among 4 glasses. Mash everything together with the back of a wooden spoon. Stir in rum and lime juice. Fill glasses with ice and top with seltzer. Garnish with mint sprigs.
Nutrition Per serving: 161 calories; 0 g fat (0 g sat, 0 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 16 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 1 g fiber; 2 mg sodium; 131 mg potassium.
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