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ginger cherry, berry & watermelon daiquiri

by Jackie Newgent  |  June 13, 2013  |  0 Comments

ginger cherry, berry & watermelon daiquiri

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Makes 4 servings: 1 (6 1/2-ounce) drink each

There’s no problem meeting fruit servings when you can sip them like this. Rather than making a daiquiri that’s loaded with alcohol and added sugar, this is gently spiked and loaded with seasonal fruit. It’s a perfect 100 calories—and perfect for poolside, a backyard BBQ, or any time you just wanna chill out. Sure, even in the morning, if you like. Move over mimosa!

Calories Saved: 140

2 fluid ounces 80-proof white rum (1/4 cup)
Juice of 1 lime (2 tablespoons)
2 cups cubed seedless watermelon
1 cup pitted Bing (sweet) cherries, frozen
1/2 cup berries of choice, frozen
1 tablespoon all-natural (100% fruit) raspberry fruit spread
1 1/2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger root

  1. Add the rum, lime juice, watermelon, cherries, berries, fruit spread, and ginger to a blender container. Puree.
  2. Pour into chilled glasses, garnish each glass rim with a berry, if desired, and serve immediately.

Per serving: 100 calories, 0g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 17g total carbohydrate, 2g dietary fiber, 13g sugars, 1g protein


The “Before” Recipe

frozen strawberry daiquiri

Adapted from recipe at

Makes 4 servings

8 fluid ounces light rum (1 cup)
Juice of 6 limes (3/4 cup)
1/3 cup granulated white sugar
2 cups frozen whole strawberries

  1. Add the rum, lime juice, and sugar to a blender container. Blend until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Add the strawberries, a few at a time, and blend until smooth. Add a small handful of ice if prefer a more “frozen” consistency.
  3. Pour into chilled or frozen glasses.

Per serving: 240 calories, 0g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 29g total carbohydrate, 2g dietary fiber, 23g sugars, 1g protein


Tasteover Tips

  • Being lighter handed with rum is one way to lighten up a daiquiri or other cocktail—just bump up other calorie-friendly ingredients so your drink size doesn’t shrink
  • Stick with 80-proof spirits rather than going for the fancier 100; higher proof doesn’t mean a drink will taste better, but it will have more calories.
  • Whenever possible, rely of fruit for sweetness rather than added sugar; for extra sweetness, consider a touch of 100% fruit spread, when needed
  • To get more zing in a fruity drink, try fresh gingerroot
  • Choose fresh fruit that’s in season to make sure it’s at its peak of ripeness, flavor, and nutritional value … then freeze what you need for frozen drink making

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