Low in calories, but high in flavor, these Valentine’s Day cocktails and desserts are sure to set the mood…without putting you into a sugar-induced coma.
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Martini
Makes 2 servings, 180 calories each
2.5 tablespoons simple syrup, divided (learn how to make a simple syrup here.)
1/2 cup sliced strawberries
4 ounces chocolate vodka
2 ounces cranberry juice
2 tablespoons crushed chocolate graham cracker cookies (or any chocolate cookies)
Muddle the strawberries with 2 tablespoons of the simple syrup in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Pour in vodka, cranberry juice, and add ice. Prepare the martini glasses by pouring the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of the simple syrup into a small shallow dish and dipping the rim of each glass into the syrup so it’s lightly coated. Then dip each rim into the crushed cookies. Pour the shaken cocktail into each chocolate cookie rimmed martini glass.
Makes 2 servings, 150 calories each
4 ounces pomegranate juice
3 ounces orange vodka
3 ounces club soda
2 teaspoons orange zest
1/4 cup pomegranate arils (seeds)
Combine all ingredients, except pomegranate arils, into a shaker with ice. Shake well and pour into a glass. Add half of the arils to each drink. Garnish with an orange wedge.
Spiked Hot Chocolate
Makes 2 servings, 215 calories each
1 3/4 cups 1% milk (or dairy alternative)
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon maple syrup
5 teaspoons cocoa powder (unsweetened)
1/2 ounce dark chocolate (60-70% cocoa chocolate), broken into pieces
1 1/2 ounces vanilla vodka
2 strawberries, for garnish
In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, whisk together milk, sugar, syrup, cocoa powder, and dark chocolate pieces. Continuously stir until chocolate melts and all ingredients are combined and smooth, about 5-6 minutes. Pour into a mug or martini glass; add vodka and stir. Garnish with a strawberry.
In addition to our recipes above, here are few of our favorites from around the web:
Pomegranate Champagne Punch from EatingWell Magazine
Ruby-Red Grapefruit Cocktail from EatingWell Magazine
Pomegranate-Rosemary Royale from Cooking Light Magazine
Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Brownie Bites (recipe here)
These rich and flavorful brownie bites are a perfect way to wow your loved one(s).
Cheesecake Filled Strawberries
Makes 2 servings, 180 calories per serving
8 medium strawberries
1/3 cup light cream cheese
2 ounces 0% Greek plain yogurt
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 whole graham cracker, crushed into crumbs
Cut off the strawberry stems. Cut around the inside of the strawberry (you can use a paring knife or a small melon baller), creating a well for the cheesecake filling. Cut off a small portion of the pointy strawberry tip, so that each strawberry can stand. Place the strawberries on a plate. Beat together the cream cheese, yogurt, sugar, and vanilla until creamy. Fill each strawberry with the cheesecake filling. Dip the filling end of each strawberry into the graham cracker crumbs to coat the top. Place back on the plate and refrigerate to set, about 15 minutes.
Homemade Coconut Ice Cream Topped with Dark Chocolate and Raspberries
Makes 6 servings, 210 calories per serving
One can coconut milk
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 ounces dark chocolate chips, melted
1 1/2 cups raspberries
Heat coconut milk, sugar, and vanilla over medium heat in a medium saucepan until sugar is dissolved, stirring constantly, about 5-6 minutes. Let coconut milk cool to room temperature, then run through an ice cream maker. Top finished ice cream with melted dark chocolate and raspberries.