Guilt Free Cocktail: Limoncello Mint Sorbet

The beginning of the school year historically seems to bring out the humidity in Iowa weather.  This week is projected to be no exception.  This time of the year is perfect for a cool cocktail, and one with guilt free properties is especially delightful.  Fresh fruit adds a seasonal touch to this refreshing drink.

Limoncello Mint Sorbet

2  cups water

1 1/3 cups sugar

1/2 cup limoncello

1 cup fresh lemon juice (about 6 large lemons)

1/2 cup chopped fresh mint

2 cups blackberries

Lemon slices (optional)

* Combine first 3 ingredients in a saucepan over medium-high heat; bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat; add lemon juice and mint. Cover and chill.

*Strain juice mixture through a sieve into a bowl; discard solids. Pour mixture into the freezer can of an ice-cream freezer; freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. Spoon sorbet into a freezer-safe container; cover and freeze 1 hour or until firm. Serve with blackberries; garnish with lemon slices, if desired.

* If you don’t want to use the limoncello, you can substitute 1/2 cup of prepared lemonade.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:  184 CALORIES, 0.2 G FAT, 0.6 G PROTEIN, 34.3 G CARBS, 2 G FIBER

Honeydew, Cucumber & Mint Spritzer

Feeling cool as a cucumber in the summer is refreshing during the oppressive, humid days.  This wine spritzer recipe can help achieve the perfect cooling method.

Honeydew, Cucumber & Mint Spritzer

1 honeydew melon, peeled and chopped

1 cucumber

1 cup fresh mint leaves

1/2 cup fresh lime juice

1 cup sparkling wine

* Puree honeydew melon, 1/2 cucumber and mint leaves in a blender until smooth.

* Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a large pitcher.

* Add lime juice and 1/2 sliced cucumber.

* Chill for 30 minutes (or up to 12 hours).

* Stir well, then mix with sparkling wine and  serve over ice.

* Garnished with lime slices.