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Easy, Healthy Tropical Cocktail Recipe

Happy Hour: The Brazilian

Ever since I caught sight of the Obamas' holiday digs in Hawaii, I've been desperately missing the tropics, and all the sun, surf, and superb eats that go along with it.

So over the weekend, while the West Coast enjoyed record highs, I sat back in some new shades, ate up the 70-degree weather, and guzzled a good-for-you cocktail that felt like a mini island vacation.

I can't take credit for the idea (that goes to New York's Rouge Tomate), but this brilliant drink is one part healthy smoothie, one part fizzy spa cocktail, and all parts equatorial. Want to enjoy a glass, too? Then read more.

The Brazilian

The Brazilian

Easy, Healthy Tropical Cocktail Recipe 2011-01-17 11:08:12

Ingredients

1 ounce freshly-squeezed lime juice
2 ounces cachaça
1/2 ounce agave nectar
2 ounces purée of tropical fruit, such as blended papaya and pineapple
1 ounce or more soda water, to taste
Lime wheel, for garnish

Directions

  1. In a mixing glass filled with ice, combine all ingredients except soda. Shake vigorously.
  2. Strain into an ice-filled highball glass and top with soda. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Makes 1 drink.

Nutritional information per serving: Calories 240 (approximate).

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