No Alcohol Citrus Cooler

About two months ago I removed alcohol from my diet, and this has helped me in so many ways both mentally and physically. I do, however, still have the desire for a cocktail at the end of the day. Since we just passed the summer solstice, and it’s staying light until past 9:30 here in Portland, I want a drink that I can sit and enjoy out on my deck in the evening. We’ve already had several days that have reached into the 90’s and it isn’t even July yet!

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I also do not want to sabotage my diet and exercise routine. The minute I drink a glass of wine or a cocktail, that’s it for the evening! No more working out for me!

What is more refreshing in mid summer, and in the heat, than citrus. I came up with this super simple and cheap drink that I can enjoy and not feel guilty about.

I used brown sugar in this recipe, but it can be made diabetic friendly be using agave nectar. I’m relying mostly on the orange juice for sweetness as well, but if your oranges aren’t sweet, then add either more sugar or more orange juice.

Happy drinking! Cheers!

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TIME: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

3/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice

1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice

1 teaspoon brown sugar

1 cup sparkling, unsweetened water

YIELDS: 2 cups

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Juice your lime and orange juice and stir in your brown sugar. Pour the juice over your pre measured sparkling water and serve over ice!

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