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Healthy, Skinny Summer Cocktails

by Nicole Dorsey Straff

Celebrate the season poolside with friends and fruity drinks packed with antioxidants that are good for your waistline and your complexion!

Hotspot: Loew’s Santa Monica Beach Hotel
100% Organic Beach Berry in Santa Monica, Calif.
In a mixing glass, muddle a handful blackberries and 1/4 ounce lemon juice. Add 1.5 ounces of Prairie Organic Vodka to a mixing glass. Add 1/4 ounce agave nectar and transfer ingredients over ice. Shake vigorously and strain, then garnish with thyme sprigs and a blackberry or two. [Photo Right]

Hotspot: Tequileria Maya and Maya Modern Kitchen
The Pepino cocktail in NYC, New York
Richard Sandoval’s two Mexican-inspired eateries add two jalapenos to a bottle of blanco tequila to make the house-infused jalapeno tequila. Shake that up with fresh cucumber puree, citrus and a hint of agave to cool it, then garnish the sexy Pepino with a cucumber wheel and a tequila-rimmed glass.

Hotspot: Cafe del Rey
Spiced Strawberry Margarita in Marina Del Rey, Calif.
Photo right: Refreshing and fruity with a kick, Cafe del Rey’s Spiced Strawberry Margarita is crafted 1 – 2 ounces El Jimador Tequila, Triple Sec, habanero-infused simple syrup, a hint of sour mix and fresh strawberries. The cocktail is garnished with a salt and sugar mix around the glass rim and topped with a lime wedge. [Photo Right]

Hotspot: Kelly Liken
Mango Tango in Vail, Colo.
Sweet meets summer spicy at this Top Chef contender’s namesake restaurant. An Iron Chef alum makes the Mango Tango with Hornitos Tequila, Triple Sec, house-made mango and avocado puree with a touch of salt and a cayenne-rimmed cocktail glass.

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