All that sugar last week wore me out. Catering a “Love is Sweet” bridal shower was so much fun and the sugar rush was intense. I knew that people might get sugared out, or need a sugar-free treat to help calm things down. And since liquids go straight to the blood stream I figured I better create a sugar-free drink. Cascade Ice to the rescue! I had tried Cascade Ice on my recent trip to Miami and indulged in quite a few guilt-free zero-calorie bottles. I knew that it would make the perfect party drink. My favorite flavor of Cascade Ice is Huckleberry Blackberry, but they have 20 other flavors of which I’ve tried most and they are all quite tasty. The bridal shower was in Idaho where huckleberries grow wild so Huckleberry-Blackberry was the perfect fit. My mom has huge raspberry bushes in her backyard in their prime. Triple berry drink? How can you go wrong! Cascade Ice is magically sugar free and is sparkling delicious and they are pretty much everywhere in the United States now so all of my readers should be able to find it quite easily. Don’t skip rimming the glasses on this drink. It’s such an easy step and makes all the difference. I also can’t help but mention that some of my party goers preferred the drink over the whole spread of desserts. Yes, it was that good! They were shocked to learn that it had less than 40 calories in a glass, and that those calories all came from raspberries (something healthy!)
2 cups frozen raspberries or blackberries
2 TB lemon juice
4 bottles Huckleberry Blackberry Cascade Ice
1 lemon wedge
1/4 cup artificial sweetener (such as Splenda)
1. In a blender, combine berries and lemon juice. Pour in enough cascade ice to blend into a puree.
2. Rim the glasses by running a lemon wedge along the rim of the glasses and then dipping into sugar or an artificial sweetener sugar-like substance.
3. Pour in some of the berry puree in the bottom of a glass. Fill the rest of the glass with Cascade Ice.
Look, everyone at the party even got to go home with their own Cascade Ice. Love really is sweet!
***Disclosure: Cascade Ice sent a free case of drinks for me to use when they heard my plans. All thoughts and opinions on the product are my own.