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3 Skinny Cocktails that will have you craving summertime

by Cascade Ice on May 24, 2023

 

Summer is just a few short weeks away, and we’re feeling the sunshine vibes! In celebration of the upcoming season, we’ve whipped up some low-sugar, low-calorie, refreshing drink recipes that you can enjoy with or without alcohol. These options will not sabotage your healthy lifestyle goals and remind you of the long sunny days of summer. Read on for cocktail descriptions and instructions!

Bubbly Lemon Drop

Take the iconic lemon drop and slash the calories and sugar content – you’ll get this bubbly concoction that will quench your thirst on a warm day. Not only does this one taste great – it smells so good too! Omit the vodka if you’re looking for a “mocktail” option instead. 

Ingredients

2 oz Vodka

1 oz lemon juice 

Cascade Ice Sparkling Water in Lemonade

Sliced lemon wedges

Granulated sugar for the rim (optional)

Ice

Directions

Take a small cocktail glass and drip the rim into water, followed by granulated sugar to coat it. Combine vodka and lemon juice and pour over ice in the glass. Top off with Cascade Ice and use lemon wedge as garnish. 

Orange Mango Mule

With all the elements of the classic Moscow Mule cocktail, but with more bubbles and a fruitier taste. This delightfully low-sugar cocktail is the liquid equivalent of basking in the sun on the beach!

Ingredients

3 oz Ginger beer

Cascade Ice Sparkling Water in Orange Mango 

1.5 oz Vodka

Slices of fresh lime and orange  

Ice

Directions

In a copper mug, combine ginger beer and vodka over ice. Top off with Cascade Ice to the rim, and garnish with fresh orange and lime slices.

Coconut Colada

There’s nothing like a pina colada to get you in the mood for summer, as it really is the quintessential warm weather drink. This one is a little bit different spin on the classic, that won’t require a blender but still hits just right when you’re craving something tropical. Simply omit the rum for an alcohol-free version. 

Ingredients

2 oz Rum

3 oz Pineapple juice

Cascade Ice Sparkling Water in Coconut 

Pineapple slices

Ice

Directions

Grab a glass of your choice and combine pineapple juice and rum over ice. Pour in the Cascade Ice to the top. Stir gently and garnish with pineapple, then enjoy!

What’s your favorite summertime cocktail? Let us know in the comments below or share a photo! Remember to “like” and “follow” us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Spice up your Spring Break with a “Bubbles on the Beach” Skinny Cocktail

by Cascade Ice on March 24, 2023

Spring break is just around the corner – the time when youth (and many adults!) take a break to bask in the sunshine and welcome the spring season. But did you know that one of the most popular cocktails in the U.S. (the name we won’t put here! 🤭) was created in Florida during Spring Break in the 1980’s by one savvy bartender. He wanted a way to attract the Spring Breakers and thought it was a catchy name for a cocktail that would certainly get young people’s attention, and the legend lived on. But most people love it for the sweet and tangy taste! 

If you’re looking to maintain a healthy diet where you can still indulge in cocktails without the guilt, or simply trying to keep your sugar and calorie content low, we have a great spin on the classic cocktail that is easy to whip up. All you need is a tall glass, ice, vodka, peach schnapps, orange juice, cranberry juice and of course – Cascade Ice Sparkling Water! You can reach for low-sugar or “zero sugar” brands of juice at the grocery store, or simply use regular. Once this skinny cocktail hits your lips, you’ll feel like you’re on the beach no matter where you are!

Cascade Ice Bubbles on the Beach Cocktail

Ingredients

  • ½ cup of ice
  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1 oz Peach Schnapps
  • 2 oz orange juice
  • 1 oz cranberry juice 
  • 2 oz Cascade Ice Sparkling Water in Orange Mango
  • Fresh orange peeled or sliced in wedges (or use mango slices!)

Directions

  • Fill a tall glass with ice and add vodka, peach schnapps, and orange juice. Pour cranberry juice and Cascade Ice over. 
  • Garnish with an orange or mango wedge, or orange peel to serve.

What’s your favorite springtime cocktail? Let us know in the comments below or share a photo! Remember to “like” and “follow” us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Citrusy, Toasty and Low-Calorie Hot Toddy Recipe

by Cascade Ice on January 11, 2023

It’s National Hot Toddy Day, and there is nothing quite like this traditional cocktail to warm you up during the cold winter months. But if you’re trying to stick to new year’s health goals or even “Dry January”, we have a fun spin on the classic that will be sure to keep you feeling cozy by the fire over the next few months!

There are so many great things about a hot toddy. It’s naturally less sweet (and less sugar) than most cocktails, and it’s super easy to make. Believed to have been invented in the 1800’s in Europe, the hot toddy is always a hit in the cold winter months because it’s served warm like a tea or coffee. Traditionally, they’ve even been suggested as a good cough and cold remedy, as it’s made with honey and lemon. And it’s easy to omit the alcohol to make a mocktail or simple home remedy for when you’re not feeling your best. 

To make our spin on the hot toddy cocktail, you’ll need whiskey, honey, lemon, and some Cascade Ice Sparkling Water in Lemonade. Fresh cinnamon is a nice touch, or you could even add in ginger or cloves which have shown to have medicinal properties. Read on for how to whip up your own low-calorie, low-sugar hot toddy!

Cascade Ice Toasty Hot Toddy

  • ½ cup hot water
  • 2 oz. whiskey
  • ½ oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. Honey
  • 2 oz. Cascade Ice Sparkling Water in Lemonade 
  • Cinnamon stick, optional

Heat water on the stovetop or in a tea kettle and pour into a mug or glass of your choice – make sure it’s hot but not boiling. Mix in the whiskey, honey and lemon juice. Omit the whiskey if making a mocktail. Top carefully with the Cascade Ice to the top, and garnish with a lemon wedge and/or cinnamon stick if desired.  Enjoy!

Have you ever tried a hot toddy? What’s your go-to drink during the cold winter months? Tell us in the comments below or share a photo! Remember to “like” and “follow” us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


3 Bright and Festive Cocktails to Serve During the Holidays

by Cascade Ice on December 20, 2022

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Whether you’re planning to entertain for the holidays or just want some fresh ideas to help brighten up your holiday season, it’s a great idea to have some low-sugar, low-calorie cocktail (and mocktail!) ideas at the ready. Holiday cocktails are typically notorious for being super sweet and heavy with syrupy elixirs and heavy creams, which also add extra fat and calories to your diet. Why not change things up with these light and refreshing cocktails that will be sure to put you in the spirit! 

Cranberry Pomegranate Punch

  • Bottle of Cascade Ice Sparkling Water in Cranberry Pomegranate 
  • Bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon wine
  • ½ frozen container of cranberry juice
  • Fresh cranberries and pomegranate seeds
  • Juice from one lime
  • 3 cups of ice

In a large punch bowl, combine all ingredients and stir until frozen juice is dissolved. Serve over ice in preferred glass. To make a mocktail punch, simply triple the Cascade Ice and juice and omit the wine. Garnish with rosemary, mint or lime for a festive touch! 

Snowy Day Spritz

  • Bottle of Cascade Ice Sparkling Water in Coconut
  • 1.5 oz. Vodka
  • 1 tbsp. sugar 
  • Juice from ½ lime 
  • Sliced lime for garnish

Take a short cocktail glass and dip the rim onto a plate with the lime juice, followed by a plate with the sugar and coat it. Next, pour the vodka over ice followed by the Cascade Ice. Garnish the glass with a lime wedge and sprig of holly or mistletoe if you’re feeling fancy!

I’m Dreaming of a Pink Holiday

  • 1 cup Cascade Ice Sparkling Water in Pink Grapefruit
  • 1 1/2 cups lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup Triple Sec
  • 1 cup Tequila
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • Lemon wedges

Garnish the rim of a tall champagne glass or highball glass with coarse salt. Combine vodka, lemon juice, triple sec, honey and ice in a cocktail shaker and pour contents into the glass over ice. Fill to the top with Cascade Ice and garnish with a lemon wedge. Simply omit the alcohol for a delicious mocktail version!

Will you be serving any fun cocktails during the holiday season? Tell us in the comments below or share a photo! Remember to “like” and “follow” us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.