Light, fruity, flavorful mocktails are so simple—and good. Thanks to fruits, sparkling water, spices, and herbs, you can make your alcohol-free, added-sugar free beverage shine with refreshing taste. While many drink mixes are loaded with added sugars—cane sugar, corn syrup, honey, agave—this recipe for Smoky Jalapeno Hibiscus Cooler has no added sugars in the mixture. It relies on naturally sweet citrus to give it a slightly sweet taste. And smoked paprika and jalapeno to give to a spicy-smoky kick. You can create a spice glass rim, which has a pinch of sugar, to make your drink festive, but this is an optional step. Just whiz up the base of your drink in a blender, pour it in a glass with ice, top it off with hibiscus-flavored sparkling water, garnish it with some citrus and jalapeno slices if you like, and enjoy!
Reducing added sugars in beverages is a healthy habit. Consuming too much added sugars in the diet is linked with increased risks of chronic diseases and obesity—and this is of particular concern when these added sugars are in the form of beverages. It may be an even greater concern among children who drink too many sweetened beverages, who are at risk for childhood obesity. Studies show that when you consume beverages with added sugars and extra calories, you don’t make up for that calorie intake during the day. Essentially, those calories don’t provide you with a sense of fullness. Sweetened beverages are a concentrated of sugar and calories, so if you consume them frequently, they can boost your calorie intake for the day, promoting weight gain. That’s why it’s important to switch from sugary beverages like sweet teas, soda, sugar-loaded coffee drinks, “fruit punch”, and energy drinks to wholesome, low-calorie, no added-sugar drinks, such as this light Smoky Jalapeno Hibiscus Cooler. Cheers!
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Smoky Jalapeno Hibiscus Cooler
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- Author: The Plant-Powered Dietitian
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 2 servings
- Diet: Vegan
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This recipe for Smoky Jalapeno Hibiscus Cooler has no added sugars in the mixture, and relies on naturally sweet citrus to give it a slightly sweet taste.
Spice Glass Rim: (optional)
- ½ lime
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
- ½ cup orange juice, unsweetened
- 1 small lime, juiced
- ¼ – ½ small jalapeno, sliced (depending on spice preference)
- ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 12-ounce can hibiscus flavored sparkling water, unsweetened
- 2 large ice cubes (or 6 small ones)
- Orange, lime slices
- Jalapeno slices
- Hibiscus flowers
- Create a spice glass rim with two 12-ounce glasses by running the lime half along the edge of each glass. Mix the sugar, cinnamon, and smoked paprika together in a small saucer. Press each glass in the spice mixture to create a rim. Allow to dry for a few minutes before adding drink to glasses. If you choose to skip the spice rim, then use plain 12-ounce glasses in the following steps.
- Make the cooler by placing orange juice, lime juice, jalapeno, and smoked paprika in the container of a small blender. Process for 1-2 minutes, until very well-blended.
- Place a large ice cube (or 3 small ones) in each of the two glasses with spice rim (or plain glasses, if desired). Divide the blended juice mixture between the two glasses.
- Top each glass with half of the hibiscus flavored sparkling water.
- Garnish with orange, lime, and jalapeno slices, and hibiscus flowers, if desired.
- Makes 2 servings (about 1 ¼ cups each).
- Category: Beverages
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1 serving
- Calories: 38
- Sugar: 6 g
- Sodium: 3 mg
- Fat: 0 g
- Saturated Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 10 g
- Fiber: 0 g
- Protein: 1 g
Keywords: healthy beverage, healthy drink, hibiscus cooler
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Photos and Recipe by Sharon Palmer, MSFS, RDN, The Plant-Powered Dietitian in partnership with AICR.
Sponsored by LaCroix