Low-Calorie Blueberry Tarragon Cocktail

Filed under: Food/Drink — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:50 am on Thursday, January 9, 2014

This being the time for weight loss, I didn’t want to make a cocktail that was too heavy. On the other hand, I didn’t want to not have a cocktail. So DIY Cocktails and I came up with a compromise: a low-calorie cocktail that is light, refreshing, and sophisticated. And it has blueberries!

Most low-calorie cocktails use artificial sweeteners. This cocktail uses good old-fashioned sugar, but just a little bit for sweetness. It also uses natural ingredients like tarragon and blueberries. I’m not going to go so far as to call a cocktail healthy, but you could do much worse.

Tarragon is one of my favorite herbs, and it goes great with blueberries. In fact, if you aren’t much of a drinker, you can skip the vodka here and make a great-tasting drink all on its own (65 calories a serving).

If you can’t find tarragon, you can substitute thyme, or just skip it and add more blueberries.

All and all, the Low-Calorie Blueberry Tarragon Cocktail comes in as 160 calories. If you want to add only 1 teaspoon of sugar, it comes down to 145 calories. That’s close to a glass of wine, but stronger. The recipe:

Low-Calorie Blueberry Tarragon Cocktail

Ingredients:

    1.5 oz vodka
    1/3 cup blueberries (one large handful)
    2 tsp sugar
    2 tsp tarragon
    1/4 oz lime juice
    Club soda to top

Directions:

In a cocktail shaker, muddle everything except the club soda. Pour into a highball or another 8 oz glass. Add ice. Top with club soda. Enjoy!

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