Ice cold refreshing cocktails are tasty, but not always low in calories.  So, to avoid a calorie overload on this National Vodka Day, pick-up a low-calorie alcohol like Blue Ice Vodka, which has 25% fewer calories than most other distilled spirits.

 

Check out a few of our favorite low-calorie recipes mixed with Blue Ice Vodka to sip sans stress this National Vodka Day.

 

 

Blue Ice Vodka

Blueberry Basil Vodka Tonic

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz Blue Ice Vodka
  • Tonic Water
  • ½ cup Agave Nectar
  • ½ cup water
  • ⅓ cup fresh blueberries, plus extra for garnish
  • 4 large basil leaves, plus extra for garnish
  • Ice

Directions:

Make Blueberry-Basil Syrup –

  • Combine the agave nectar, water, blueberries, and basil leaves in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  • Bring to a boil, stirring frequently, and continue to boil until the blueberries have popped and the sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, transfer to a heat-proof container, and then chill until cold.

Make the cocktails –

  • Fill a high ball glass (or a pint Mason jar!) with ice, add in two tablespoons of the blueberry-basil syrup, followed by 1½ ounces of vodka. Fill to top with tonic water.
  • Garnish with extra blueberries and basil leaves, if desired.

 

Strawberry Hustle Vodka Cocktail

Strawberry Hustle

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz Blue Ice Vodka
  • 3 muddled strawberries
  • 1 oz agave nectar
  • ½ oz elderflower liqueur
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice

Directions:

  • Muddle strawberries in a shaker.
  • Add all ingredients (plus ice) and shake vigorously.
  • Serve over in a rocks glass.
  • Garnish with a strawberry.

 

Blue Ice Vodka Spritzer

Blue Ice Vodka Spritzer

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Blue Ice Vodka
  • 1 liter club soda
  • 4 Limes
  • 3-4 tsp of Stevia or alternative sugar substitute
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • Ice

Directions:

  • Halve the limes and squeeze the juice into a pitcher. (If desired, cut the squeezed limes into small pieces and add to the pitcher.)
  • Mix in the sugar alternative.
  • Add the club soda, vodka, blueberries, and raspberries.
  • Pour over ice.

 

Teenage Dream

Teenage Dream

Ingredients:

  • 1 small pineapple
  • 4 sprigs mint
  • 3 limes, quartered
  • 1/4 cup of Stevia or alternative sugar substitute
  • 1 1/4 cups Blue Ice Vodka
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • About 3 cups seltzer
  • Ice
  • Mint and pineapple for garnish

Directions:

  • Core and trim the pineapple. Cut 3 thin slices, halve them so they look like half moons, and reserve for garnish. Cut the rest into chunks.
  • Blend for 2-3 minutes until frothy and smooth. Strain through a sieve to remove the woody strands. 1 small pineapple should yield about 2 cups of juice.
  • In a wide-mouthed pitcher or a mixing bowl, muddle the mint and quartered limes with sugar alternative. The goal is to break up both the limes and mint and dissolve the sugar. The mint should be fragrant by the time muddling is done; the limes should have given off lots of juice; the sugar should be basically dissolved.
  • Add 2 cups of fresh pineapple juice, juice of 2 more limes, and the vodka. Stir.
  • Fill lowball glasses with ice.
  • Pour about 1/2 cup pineapple-lime-vodka mixture into each glass (should be about half full).
  • Top with seltzer.
  • Garnish with a slice of pineapple and a few extra mint leaves. Taste for balance of flavors, adding more vodka if you’d like to taste it.

 

A Blue Ice Vodka Gimlet

A Blue Ice Vodka Gimlet

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Blue Ice Vodka
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 6 Tablespoons Agave Nectar
  • Lime wedge for garnish

Directions:

  • Combine vodka, lime juice, agave nectar and ice and shake in a shaker.
  • Strain over a chilled coupe glass.
  • Garnish with lime wedge.

 

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Hayden Walker
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Hayden Walker is the Editor in Chief and Director of Operations for Austin Food Magazine

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