Monthly Mocktails: Three Low Calorie Recipes that Won’t Haunt You After Halloween
These festive drinks are not just perfect for Halloween, they’re a healthy alternative to all those tempting treats that started appearing in supermarkets weeks ago. The adult in you knows that each little wrapper is packed with empty calories. The kid in you takes a trip down memory lane to a time when nothing made you happier than buckets (or pillowcases) of candy. Decisions, decisions!
Here are three simple mocktail recipes that will satisfy your sweet tooth, add some fun to the night’s drink menu, and best all of, contribute something healthy to your Halloween diet. Don’t let the green, purple, or orange deter you because looks can definitely be deceiving.
Goblin Goodness ~ 87 Calories
2 ounces pineapple juice (32 calories)
1.2 cup spinach (3 calories)
1 spring mint (5 calories)
½ teaspoon agave low glycemic sweetener (20 calories)
3 – 4 ounces club soda (0 calories)
Muddle the spinach and mint in the pineapple juice until the produce begins to break down and the liquid becomes green. Strain the liquid into a martini shaker filled with ice and add the agave. Shake well so that the agave dissolves. Strain the drink into a new glass, preferably filled with ice. Top with club soda and serve.
6 Feet under ~ 80 Calories
2 ounces chai tea (0 calories)
½ ounce candied orange syrup (50 calories)
1 tablespoon spiced pumpkin mix (16 calories)
2 ounces lite orange juice (10 calories)
½ ounce lemon juice (3 calories)
2 – 3 ounces club soda (0 calories)
Combine the chai tea, candied orange syrup, spiced pumpkin mix, orange juice, and lemon juice in a martini shaker and mix well. Strain into a glass filled with ice and top with club soda. Garnish with a lemon wedge and orange peel and serve.
Vampire Juice ~ 121 Calories
2 ounces POM pomegranate juice (37 calories)
2 ounces pomegranate aloe pulp juice (27 calories)
1 teaspoon almond orgeat syrup (15 calories)
3 ounces grape soda (42 calories)
Combine the POM pomegranate juice, pomegranate aloe pulp juice, and almond orgeat syrup in a martini shaker and mix well. Strain into a wine glass and top with grape soda.