Friday, January 28, 2011

The Weekly Nightcap - Grape Crush

i'm going to let you in on a little secret here in the wasti house, we haven't been having our nightly glass of wine during the week. what the what?! well, in an effort to undo some of the havoc the holiday and our overall laziness/injuries at the end of 2010 wreaked on our bodies, we have been upping the exercise (if you follow me on twitter you may have heard me talk about p90x - so far, so good!) and getting our eating back into check. this means more whole grains, vegetables, fruits, wild fish, lean protein, and whole foods that you find at the store without labels on them. you know the ones that come out of the earth, off plants and trees, or walk/swim around in the wild (or at least out of cages).

now don't get me wrong, i don't consider a nightly glass of wine to be a bad thing. on the contrary, i happen to think it's a very good, healthy thing in most cases and many a doctor agrees with me. however, E and i figured we could do without the extra calories 5 days a week and if i am being honest, sometimes one glass of wine led to 2 or 2 1/2 and we definitely don't need those extra calories. so, where am i going with all of this and more importantly, what on earth does it have to do with you??

given the fact we aren't having a drink sunday night through thursday night, the friday night cocktail tastes so much better. in fact, E and i look forward to it all week. (no we don't have a problem, just a love of the finer things in life, including a good drink:) this week, i have found myself thinking about what my friday night cocktail is going to be. i feel like a special drink is a good way to kick off the weekend and then i can have a glass of wine saturday night. this led me to where we are now, the first weekly nightcap!

every friday, i am going to post one of my favorite cocktail recipes in the hopes that maybe you will share in the weekly nightcaps with us. so, without further adieu, the first weekly nightcap is a grape crush. i decided on this fresh grape crush because it seemed refreshing and not loaded with sugar. just some 100% grape juice, lemon juice, vodka, and club soda. simple, clean, and refreshing. the best part? it's under 200 calories and is loaded with vitamin C!


Grape Crush
serves 2

3 oz 100% grape juice
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
4 oz vodka
3-4 oz club soda

fill shaker with ice. add grape juice, lemon juice, and vodka. shake well and strain into 2 low ball glasses filled with ice. top off with club soda and serve.

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