I love when girls share their favorite low-calorie cocktail recipes. It’s like we’re all a part of some sisterhood that shares secrets about how to stay fit and still have a good time. While tailgating an away football game last fall, one girl’s drink became the toast of the town. “Taryn, you have to try Jen’s cocktail… it’s amazing. And it’s only water.”
“Water, and vodka.”
Jen was a friend of a friend who, after having sold her soul to the devil apparently, devised a drink using only cucumber vodka and water. And it was delicious. I brought the idea home with me after that football game, and spread word of this almost zero-calorie cocktail to friends like it was the new gospel. Ladies, it’s true. The only calories in this refreshing beverage are in the vodka itself, usually 60 calories per ounce. It’s a small price to pay for getting buzzed off of water.
The cucumber vodka cocktail has seen a few variations since then, but this latest iteration is my favorite. Besides cucumber-infused vodka and ice water, I add mint for flavor and a little bit of Truvia simple syrup for a hint of sweetness. You probably know Truvia is a no-calorie sweetener for coffee or tea, but you can also make no-calorie simple syrup from it, too.
- Place some ice cubes into a highball glass. Then pour 2 ounces (or more, I won't judge) of cucumber-infused vodka on the ice.
- Fill the glass with cold filtered water and add a splash of simple syrup.
- Garnish with cracked mint leaves, a light squeeze of lime and slices of cucumber. Stir well and enjoy cold!
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