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Skinny sipping: dreamy, light cocktails for warm days

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You can trim down your calories without skimping on flavour this spring and summer. Here’s our first round of sweet and savoury lower calorie and fresh fruit- and herb-based cocktails. More will be coming as summer goes on. (Cocktails inspired by WP24, Wolfgang Puck’s downtown Los Angeles Asian eatery and lounge.)

Pineapple mojito
1½ oz Bacardi light rum
1 oz fresh pineapple puree
Muddled mint (infused in pineapple)
2 oz Prosecco, or soda for the lighter variation

Verbena lemonade (at front, in photograph above right)
1½ oz citrus-flavoured or infused vodka
1 oz lemon juice
1 oz pineapple puree
1 tsp lemongrass syrup
1 tsp honey
Soda topper
A pinch verbena herb leaves

Cucumber Martini (at rear, in photograph above right)
2 oz Hendrick’s gin
1½ oz muddled cucumber and basil leaves

Voli skinny pink lemonade (110 calories)
1½ oz Voli Lemon
2 oz cranberry juice
1 oz lemon juice
Splash of club soda

The Ferguson (118 calories)
1½ oz Voli Lemon
¾ oz Apple Pucker
2 fresh lemon squeezes
Top with soda
Apple slice for garnish

Bikini Martini (110 calories)
2 oz Voli Lyte
5 blueberries
Mint
Agave nectar
Soda water
Glass: martini

Sexy Splash (75 calories)
1½ oz Voli Lyte
2 oz club soda
2 lime wedges
Glass: highball
Garnish: lime
Serve over ice
Squeeze and drop limes into drink and stir.

Voli Suntan (144 calories)
1½ oz Voli Orange Vanilla
2 oz lemonade
1½ oz agave nectar
½ oz pineapple juice
Glass: rocks
Garnish: orange twist

In a mixing tin, add ice, Voli Orange Vanilla, lemonade, agave nectar, pineapple juice. Shake and strain into a rocks glass.

Voli Palmer (86 calories)
1½ oz Voli Lemon
3 oz diet iced tea
3 oz diet lemonade
Glass: highball
Garnish: fresh lemons
Build over ice and stir

Voli Green Garden (100 calories)
1½ oz Voli Lyte
Cut green pepper
1 oz Stevia packet
Small handful of basil
Basil garnish, salt and pepper rim on a martini glass

Muddle green pepper and basil. Add other ingredients to the shaker. Shake and strain into martini glass.

Skinny Street Lemonade (85 calories)
1½ oz Voli Mango
3 oz light sweet and sour mix
½ Monin Sugar Free Triple Sec
Lemon wedge garnish

Build over ice in a rocks glass.

Miami Mojito (85 calories)
1½ oz Voli Mango
3 lime wedges
2 mango chunks
1 Stevia packet
6 mint leaves

Top with soda after building the rest of the drink over ice in a highball glass. Garnish with mango and mint.

Breakfast of Champions (96 calories)
1½ oz Voli Mango
3 oz Motts apple juice light
Apple wheel garnish

Build in a highball glass over ice.

You say tomato: proud Marys

The Original Voli Mary (120 calories)
2 oz Voli Lyte
2 oz fresh tomato juice
1 tsp horseradish
1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
2 to 4 dashes of hot sauce
Pinch of salt and pepper
Squeeze of lemon and lime wedges
Olive and celery garnish (optional)

Voli heated Mary (115 calories)
2 oz Voli Lyte
2 oz fresh tomato juice
1 tsp horseradish
1 dash Worcestershire sauce
2 to 4 dashes of hot sauce
2 pepperoncini
Chili powder rum
Pinch of salt and pepper
Olive and celery garnish (optional)

Voli salty-but-sour Mary (110 calories)
2 oz Voli Lyte
3 oz fresh tomato juice
2 dashes red hot sauce
1 dash Worcestershire sauce
2 to 4 dashes of hot sauce
½ oz lemon juice
Pinch of salt
Stalk of celery

Top of the pops

Slim Berry Pop (48·6 calories each)
1½ oz Voli Lyte
12 blueberries
5 raspberries
4 strawberries
2½ oz Master of Mixers Sweet and Sour lite
1 oz water

Muddle blueberries, strawberries and raspberries in a tin. Add Voli, Sweet and Sour, water and shake. Pour into two popsicle containers and freeze.

Strawberry Pop (46·25 calories each)
1½ oz Voli Lyte
3 oz Master of Mixers Sweet and Sour Lite
3 oz Master of Mixers Strawberry Mixer
1 oz water

In a mixing tin, add all ingredients, shake and pour into two popsicle containers and freeze.

If you are planning a theme party, why not do a “fashion editor” party for your fashionista friends? A fun idea for a bridesmaids’ gathering or a “hen party” with dash and class. See the recipes Akvinta Vodka created for its recent LA event at the legendary Bar Marmont. •

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