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Cut Calories with Healthier Drinks: Vodka Cucumber Recipe


WRITTEN BY: UPMC
Saturday, July 30th, 2016

When the weather is hot, it’s tempting to entertain guests with a refreshing summer drink.

But many classic concoctions are filled with artificial juices, sugars, and syrups — not to mention a few extra calories. What’s a party host to do?

When consumed in moderation, these healthier versions of our favorite summer drinks can help you cut down on sugar and calorie intake. Keep in mind, when it comes to alcoholic drinks, healthy is a relative term. Always drink in moderation — our bodies can only safely consume so much alcohol. And just because a particular drink includes healthy ingredients doesn’t mean you should consume more of it.

 

Try these healthier versions of summer drink recipes

Vodka Cucumber Drink Recipe

Fresh fruits and vegetables add summer flavor without added sugar.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 1 head of lettuce
  • 2 green apples
  • Vodka (1.5 fl. oz.)

Directions:

Put fruits and vegetables in juicer.  Mix with vodka.  Add ice if desired.

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