Cooking, Baking & Cocktail Shaking

Cocktail Time

I’ve been mixing up a lot of cocktails lately. I love concocting summery alcoholic beverages. Last week I found a recipe for a cocktail called the Latin Lover on SheKnows, an article written by Claire Gallam from The Realistic Nutritionist. I didn’t realize it at first, but it’s a skinny cocktail. I had my doubts at first, but after tasting it, those doubts disappeared. It’s one delicious cocktail. If I didn’t tell you it was skinny, you’d never be able to tell.

The recipe calls for Voli orange vanilla fusion vodka. Apparently, it has 25% fewer calories than regular vodka, and it’s made with French wheat. I suppose that’s what makes it healthier than regular vodka. I thought I’d have trouble finding it because it’s fairly new, but there it was on the shelf at my regular liquor store. I realized it was a skinny cocktail when I checked out at the liquor store.

Me: Hmm, I thought I was going to have trouble finding this particular vodka.

Salesman: Did you see it in an article or something?

Me: Actually, I found the recipe on a website. I’ve never heard of the stuff.

Salesman: Yeah, it’s pretty popular. It has fewer calories than regular vodka. Most people just mix it with club soda.

Me: Fewer calories? Ewww! I don’t know. Does it still taste good?

Salesman: Actually, it’s very good.

So, I bought it. Looking back, the recipe called for sugar-free lemonade, pineapple juice, and agave nectar. How could I have missed all the “skinny” signs? Well, I did. I’m so glad I decided to give it a try because now it’s one of my favorite summer cocktails.

I adapted the recipe to make a full pitcher because I’m not a fan of mixing up individual drinks when I have guests over.

This cocktail is fresh, crisp, and fruity. My guests loved them. They were convinced that they didn’t have alcohol in them, but I can assure you they do. And, a lot of it. They go down so smooth.

When I told them it was skinny, they were all shocked. “No way! But it’s so good; it doesn’t taste skinny,” is the reaction I got from my girlfriend as she was guzzling it down. For some reason we relate low fat and low calories to tasting bad, but that’s just not the case most of the time. If something is made with fresh, wholesome, natural ingredients it’s going to taste amazing, and this drink does.




2 cups Voli orange vanilla fusion vodka

1 1/2 cups pineapple juice

3 cups sugar-free lemonade (I used crystal light)

1/4 cup agave nectar

1 lemon, sliced

1 liter club soda, chilled

In a pitcher, add the vodka, pineapple juice, lemonade, agave nectar, and lemon slices. Stir. Store in the refrigerator until completely chilled.

Add ice to a fancy glass, pour in some of the cocktail mixture, and top with a splash of club soda to taste. Add a lemon slice to the glass and enjoy.

42 Responses to “Cocktail Time”

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    Villy — May 23, 2012 at 7:22 am

    Lovely photos! It sounds so refreshing!


    • themessybakerblog replied May 23rd, 2012 at 9:55 am

      It’s perfect for hot summer days. Thanks, Villy!


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    Young Grasshopper — May 23, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Looks FABULOUS :)


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    TastefullyJulie — May 23, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Looks super yummy. The problem is, Voli has less alcohol than regular vodka so I’ll probably drink more of it! Goodbye, skinny. ;)


    • themessybakerblog replied May 23rd, 2012 at 9:53 am

      Thanks, Julie. I had three and was pretty well tooted. I didn’t realize it had less alcohol.


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    chefconnie — May 23, 2012 at 9:15 am

    That looks delicious, refreshing and dangerous!


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    Stephie Swope (@StephieCooks) — May 23, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    You had me at the name “latin lover”, haha.


  6. #
    Jenn and Seth (@HomeSkilletCook) — May 23, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    oh my god – yum!


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    Choc Chip Uru — May 23, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    That looks seriously refreshing :D
    Gorgeous colour!

    Choc Chip Uru


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    Melissa Maher — May 23, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Try it with Simply Simple, stevia based simple syrup, instead of the agave. It’s my company, so I’m slightly biased, but I created it with stevia because it taste more like real sugar. The website is if you want to check out. You can buy through our site or even Amazon. Cheers!


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    juanitascocina — May 23, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    I need one of these SO bad. I’ll take three. Thank you!


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    Emma @ Food, Fork & Good — May 24, 2012 at 5:16 am

    That looks incredibly refreshing!


  11. #
    Chung-Ah (@damn_delicious) — May 24, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Awesome cocktail. This is much needed for me tonight, especially since Friday night seems to be years and years away.


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    Anita at Hungry Couple — May 24, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Sounds like a wonderful warm weather sipper. And I’m a big fan of making a pitcher of drinks when you have company over. Who wants to bother making individual drinks?


  13. #
    Baker Street (@bakerstreet29) — May 24, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Lovely pictures, Jennie! This looks perfect given the weather! A pitcher of this is certainly the way to go.


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    Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking — May 24, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Jennie, this cocktail looks SO icy cold and refreshing! What a great spring-summer drink. It’s definitely heating up around here in Austin and I’m needing these kinds of drinks on the weekends!


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    [email protected] — May 24, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    You can cut the humidity here with a knife it is so hot. This looks like a more effective way at keeping cool than a knife-glad that you came across the vodka. Now I will be on the lookout!


  16. #
    kale — May 24, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    I like how you’re styling your photos! Very nice. :)


    • themessybakerblog replied May 24th, 2012 at 6:21 pm

      Thanks, Kale. I’m new to photography, so its nice to hear that you like it.


  17. #
    foodiestuntman — May 25, 2012 at 2:20 am

    Congratulations on making the foodbuzz Top 9!


  18. #
    LeslieLimon — May 25, 2012 at 9:48 am

    You had me at Latin Lover! ;) Looks SO good and refreshing! Gorgeous photos. Glad I found you through Foodbuzz. :)


    • themessybakerblog replied May 25th, 2012 at 1:06 pm

      Thanks, Leslie! I’m glad you found my site, too. Have a lovely weekend.


  19. #
    machisan — May 25, 2012 at 11:59 am

    perfect for my hot weather


    • themessybakerblog replied May 25th, 2012 at 1:07 pm

      This cocktail is perfect for hot summer days. Thank you.


  20. #
    spiceblogger — May 25, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Congrats on Top9!!! :D
    You should come link your drink for Happy Hour Friday!
    (great job on the photos, btw) :)


    • themessybakerblog replied May 25th, 2012 at 1:08 pm

      Thank you for the lovely comments and the link invite. I’ll be sure to do that.


  21. #
    Danielle — May 25, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Oh yum, looks perfect for what will hopefully be a warm sunny 3-day weekend.


    • themessybakerblog replied May 25th, 2012 at 1:08 pm

      Thank you so much! Have a wonderful holiday weekend.


  22. #
    alyce culinary thymes — May 25, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Sounds super-refreshing.


  23. #
    Baking Serendipity — May 25, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    I’ve never heard of this vodka before, but am definitely keeping my eyes open for it now! This cocktail sounds delicious :)


  24. #
    Liz — May 26, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Mmmmmm…this looks perfect for this HOT weekend!!! Thanks for sharing~


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    Kelsey @ K&K Test Kitchen — June 3, 2012 at 2:37 am

    I love a good Latin Lover ;) I mean, I love the sound of this cocktail! Also love your new blog makeover, so pretty!


    • Jennie replied June 5th, 2012 at 11:05 pm

      Thanks, Kelsey! It’s a very tasty and refreshing cocktail.


  26. #
    juliemarg — June 8, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Wow very refreshing, best for summer time…


  27. #
    Johnd644 — May 1, 2014 at 1:58 am

    I needed to thank you for this good read!! I certainly enjoyed every little bit of it. I’ve got you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post addgedafceec



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