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A Delicious Pina Colada You Won’t Feel Crappy About Drinking

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Half the calories… and just as good!

Every time I go on a beach vacation I order a PiñaColada – and every time I feel like I ate a big glass of sugar. Delicious, but was it worth it? Turns out, probably not. The average Piña Colada has between 300 and 800 calories! That’s why I set out to create one that is just as delicious but with a fraction of the calories. I am not kidding when I say this is a DELICIOUS PINA COLADA. It doesn’t taste like you’re sacrificing a thing! And trust me, I’m not one to say something that’s low calorie is delicious if it isn’t.

Here’s what you need: (This recipe serves at least four… below the recipe is a single serving breakdown that shows you how many calories you get for one serving.)

pina colada topsINGREDIENTS:

8 ounces Coconut Rum (We used Captain Morgan’s Parrot Pay )

8 ounces Pineapple Juice (We used Dole)

8 ounces Coconut Milk (We used Silk) This is where you’re REALLY saving calories. Your usual Pina Colada uses Coconut cream – which is about 130 calories for just one ounce! Coconut Milk is about 10 calories for one ounce, and you won’t notice a difference!)

6 cups of ice.

Blend all the ingredients together until smooth, and serve in a tall glass with the garnishes of your choice… cherries, pineapple slices, a spice of coconut… get creative! Enjoy this guilt free, delicious take on a tropical classic! Now… below is the breakdown of the calories per glass: For more recipes, follow @BrianBalthazar on twitter!

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Six Easy Drink Garnishes Your Guests Will Love

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Garnishes are the ‘jewelry’ of a drink – they help make a statement, but a little can go a long way. 

Here are some easy-to-do accents for any beverage you’re serving.

ROSEMARY SKEWERED PEACH

When I look for rosemary at the grocery store, I always seek out the longest spears possible. (Even better, plant it in your yard! It smells amazing and grows to be sturdy and plentify.) In the case of this peach bellini mocktail, I used a chopstick to poke a small hole in a peach or nectarine slice, and pull the rosemary through! It always draws a gasp from anyone who grabs a glass.

APPLES, SLICED, SKEWERED AND SWIRLED

This is so easy. With the help of a skewer, just a simple twist of stacked apples turns into something simple, delicious and eye catching.

EDIBLE FLOWERS, TWO WAYS

Edible flowers can be bought online or at some grocery stores (I often see them in the herb section at whole foods.) Don’t by them from the flower section, as they often have insecticides on them.

Once you find them, drizzling a few on top (don’t overdo it – they’re more attractive than they are flavorfulor poking through a piece of dried fruit can take your drink to the next level! (Or, buy edible food glue (bake shops and amazon) and attach them to the rim or the fruit directly. In one case here, the drink is further enhanced with a crushed candy powder rim. The second drink, below is from Domingo in San Antonio, and it’s a delicious combo of tamarind soda, tequila, and more.


CUKES AND CUBES

When I really wanted to take spa water to the next level, I decided to cut a cucumber into squares, hence the name ‘cuke cubes’. But the simple stunner here is when you take an english cucumber (they’re long and wrapped in plastic at the store because their thing is skin and delicate – and use a vegetable peeler to create a long strip. Layer into a scroll and skewer it… carefully unfold it a bit and you’ve got an eye catching garnish!

HERB IT UP

There’s something beautiful about a sprig of a dry herb resting on a cocktail glass. In this case, thai basil, but a sprig of lavender or thyme also look distinctive resting on top of a foamy drink, plus a slice of lime, takes the drink to the next level. In this case, a partially salted rim rounds out the flavor profile. This cocktail is from the Weho Bistro and I won’t soon forget it.

I hope a few of these inspire you to try something new with your mocktails and cocktails!

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The Smoky Paloma Is My Go-To Drink of Summer, Fall, and Beyond.

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To me, this tops a margarita.

Whenever I step up to a bar, I immediately ask if they have mezcal. If the answer is yes, that’s where the fun begins.

Mezcal is made from agave. Where tequila is only made from BLUE agave, mezcal benefits from a broader range of agave, (plus its traditional preparation in small batches) it’s the smoky flavor that really makes this a standout.

According to Wikipedia: “The process begins by harvesting the plants, which can weigh 40 kg each, extracting the piña, or heart, by cutting off the plant’s leaves and roots.[12] The piñas are then cooked for about three days, often in pit ovens, which are earthen mounds over pits of hot rocks. This underground roasting gives mezcal its intense and distinctive smoky flavor.”

But let’s not get lost in science – let’s get drinking!

While better bars are now designing mezcal cocktails on their menus, essentially, I will ask them to replace tequila in any cocktail and replace it with mezcal. To me, the smokiness is THAT GOOD.

When I stepped into WeHo Bistro in West Hollywood, bartender Chase (@WolfStroganoff on insta) hooked me up with the best Mezcal Paloma I’ve had in recent memory. I drink enough that recent memory can be a very short amount of time, 😉 but it really was spectacular.

Here’s how he made it with the tweaks of mezcal instead of tequila and salt at my request:

2 ounces mezcal

1 ounce grapefruit juice

1 ounce lime juice

1/2 ounce simple syrup

At my request, salt.

Cuz WeHo Bistro is classy like that, an edible flower gets smacked right on top of it .

Cmon that thing is gorgeous.

The drink is one that’s easy to make at home, summery, fresh and crisp, and the smokiness makes it equally great in fall and winter.

Try it out!

Also try the WeHo bistro because that Greek Salad I had was crazy good.

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FALL FOR THIS: A Maple Bourbon Ginger Splash

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If you enter the fall season kicking and screaming, this drink may help. I get it, summer is a blast, but autumn is great too. This cocktail combines some of my favorite flavors: bourbon, maple, and ginger.

Before you get all weird about using Maple Syrup in your drink, remember that tons of drinks use simple syrup – essentially, liquid sugar – so this is no different, but doubly delicious.

Here’s how to make it yourself: (makes one cocktail, get ready to double it because you’ll want to share one with a friend!)

Enjoy! Hope you like it!

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