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Toast to Mom With These Cocktails

Written on May 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm , by

Whether you’re hosting a big family brunch or just gabbing with mom, why not celebrate her with a little imbibing? These low-cal and gourmet drink recipes, thanks to Patrón Spirits, sound delicious, don’t you think…?

patron cocktail mint and cucumber

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The Good Wife - Low-Calorie

  • 2 ounces Patrón Silver
  • 1/2 ounces Ginger simple syrup
  • 1/2 ounces Lime juice
  • Seltzer or mineral water
  • 3 to 4 mint leaves
  • 2 to 3 peeled fresh cucumber rounds, skins removed

In a highball or collins glass, muddle cucumber, lime juice, and mint. Add Patrón Silver and fill with ice. Cover with seltzer and stir well. Garnish with a mint sprig and cucumber rounds.


low calorie patron cocktail

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Mother’s Little Helper – Low-Calorie

  • 1 3/4 ounces Patrón Silver
  • 1/4 ounces Elderflower liqueur
  • 3/4 ounces Fresh lime juice
  • 3 slices Cucumber
  • 2 whole fresh sage leaves
  • Ginger ale

Smack sage to open up aromas. Tear in two and muddle well with cucumber and elderflower liqueur. In a mixing glass, add remaining ingredients and ice. Shake and strain over ice in a highball glass. Top with ginger ale. Garnish with cucumber and sage leaf.


patron mother's day martini

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I Said So Martini – Gourmet

  • 2 ounces Patrón XO Cafe Dark Cocoa
  • 0.5 ounces Amaretto Liqueur
  • 1 ounces Cream
  • Almond shavings for garnish

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with almond shavings.



coffee patron cocoa espresso cocktail

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Sealed with an XO – Gourmet

  • 3 ounces Patrón XO Cafe Dark Cocoa
  • 1 ounces. Espresso
  • 1 large scoop coffee-flavored gelato
  • Coffee grinds for garnish

Blend all ingredients in a blender and pour into a hurricane-style glass. Garnish with coffee grinds.

For more drink recipes and ideas, visit patronspirits.com.

Spring Break-Inspired Cocktails from a Fit-Focused Bartender!

Written on March 23, 2012 at 1:47 pm , by

bryan dayton bartender oak

When Bryan's not running up hills (some as high as 14,110 feet!), he's inspiring people to imbibe. (Photo courtesy of OAK at Fourteenth)

Between the warm(er than usual) weather and March Madness, we’re feeling a little nostalgic for Spring Break in college! So we scored a couple cocktail recipes from Bryan Dayton, the owner and Beverage Director at OAK at Fourteenth in Boulder, Colorado…including a non-alcoholic one, for those of you who gave up booze for Lent/New Year’s/Who Knows Why.

Before we hand over the happy hour inspiration, you should know whom it’s coming from. Bryan hasn’t just been a mixologist for 15 years—he’s also a trail runner (the higher the altitude, the better) with an incredible race resume. Nice!

My Little Honey

  • 1.5 oz gin
  • .5 oz honey syrup (1:1 honey to hot water)
  • .5 oz fresh lemon juice
  • Soda water

To make: Pour all ingredients over crushed ice, give a quick stir and garnish with a lemon.

Cucumber Smash

  • 2 slices of cucumber
  • 2 quarter wedges of lime
  • 1.5 oz gin or vodka
  • .25 oz honey syrup

To make: Muddle all of the above together in a mixing tin and then add ice. Shake. Fine-strain over crushed ice and then garnish with a slice of cucumber. Idea: Substitute berries for the cucumber, if you want something fruity!

The Summer Smash (Non Alcoholic)

  • 2 slices of cucumber
  • 6 mint leaves
  • 1 mint sprig
  • .5 oz lime
  • .25 oz honey syrup
  • 3 oz soda water

To make: Muddle mint and cucumber in a mixing tin. Add all the ingredients, except for the soda water. Add ice, shake and strain into a highball glass with ice. Finally, pour in soda water and give it a quick stir. Garnish with mint sprig.

Traditional Margarita on the Rocks

  • 1.5 oz Reposado tequila
  • .75 oz orange liqueur
  • .75 oz fresh lime juice

To make: Put all ingredients into a shaker, add ice and shake. Pour over fresh ice in a short tumbler and garnish with lime. Salt is optional.

Skinny Sips for Your Oscar Party This Weekend

Written on February 23, 2012 at 1:30 pm , by

Cheers to the host with this Crystal Cosmo! (Photo courtesy of Voli Light Vodkas)

We can’t speak for everyone, but for the majority of us awards season for women is the equivalent to the NFL, with the Oscars acting as the Super Bowl. Before you tune in to the red carpet, whip up one of these Oscar-inspired low-cal cocktails to serve to your guests. And if you sat through the football game while your boyfriend yelled at the TV a few weeks ago, then he’s expected to sit on the couch, drink fruity cocktails and “ooh” and “aah” with you over dresses for a few hours. All is fair in love and war!

Crystal Cosmo (as an ode to this year’s host, Billy Crystal)

1 1/2 oz Voli Lyte
1 oz fresh lemon juice
2 oz cranberry juice
1/2 oz agave nectar
Splash of prosecco (optional)
Lemon twist for a garnish

Add ice, Voli Lyte, lemon juice, cranberry juice, agave nectar and shake. Strain into a martini glass and top with prosecco.

Calories: 150 (140 without prosecco)

Read on for more Oscar themed cocktails that are 150 calories or less!

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Low-Calorie Cocktails to Enjoy on Valentine’s Day

Written on February 14, 2012 at 12:24 pm , by

Toast to a year full of love this Valentine's Day! (Photo courtesy of Beam Inc.)

With the month of love in full bloom, it’s not uncommon to celebrate a sip or two of a tasty cocktail while basking in the glow of love from another. To keep that glow on the healthy side this Valentine’s Day, we nabbed two low-cal cocktail recipes that won’t have you worrying about your waistline.

Raspberry Kiss

  • 1 part Pucker Raspberry Rave Vodka
  • 1/2 part grenadine
  • 1 Lemon Twist
  • 1 Cherry

Pour vodka in a chilled champagne flute. Top with champagne and slowly pour grenadine so that it settles to the bottom. Garnish with a lemon twist and a cherry.

Nutrition information per serving: approximately 140 calories

Lusty Lemon

  • 1 part Pucker Lemonade Lust Vodka
  • 2 ounces fresh lemon sour
  • 4 ounces iced tea
  • 1 lemon wedge

Build in order over ice in a tall highball glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

Nutrition information per serving: approximately 220 calories

Recipes developed by Beam, Inc.

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Two Low-Cal, Festive Spritzes to Sip On

Written on December 1, 2011 at 2:17 pm , by

All of the taste, none of the unwanted guilt! (Photo courtesy of Russian Standard Vodka)

As December officially kicks off, it’s time to snap out of your Thanksgiving turkey coma and start prepping for the looming holidays. Soon, you’ll feel more popular than Kelly Kapowski on Saved by the Bell, with holiday invites stuffing up your inbox and maybe even your mailbox (gasp, snail mail?!). To help keep your waistline in tact, we snagged two low-cal cocktails for you to keep on hand. Serve at your own party or bring it to a friend’s to impress them with your bartending skills this holiday season.

Skinny Cosmo


  • 1.25 ounces Russian Standard Vodka
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce Monin O’Free Triple Sec (sugar free)
  • 1 ounce cranberry juice


Shake all ingredients well over ice. Strain into cocktail glass. Approximately 103 calories.

Read on to get the recipe for an Iced Chocolate Cake cocktail!

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