Skinny – Caramel Frappuccino

The following is a repost of what is becoming one of our most popular recipes. After a 2015 trip to the nearest Starbucks, which was at the time almost 50 miles away we did a calorie re-make of one of our favorite drinks Caramel Frappuccino. Behold…… Skinny – Caramel Frappuccino !

Today we have a Starbucks less than a mile away, but they kept all the calories in our favorite drinks 🙄 we still enjoy the real deal but we also enjoy this recipe, and we hope you do too!!

PS….updated picture too!!!
Skinny Caramel Frappuccino

This post is gonna be a real quickie……Starbucks is the bomb for coffee……well, at least Tim and I think so. One of our favorites is the Caramel Frappuccino………but with a Grande coming in at about 380 calories……… yikes! Talk about drinking your calories.

When I saw the recipe for Skinny – Caramel Frappuccino from Averie Cooks, and it boasts only 50 calories…….we were in!!

We tried it yesterday, as a light dessert after our Grilled Spaghetti and Cheese Sandwich, which was not light, but excellent! Continue reading “Skinny – Caramel Frappuccino”

Watermelon Mock-jito

Mojito is a traditional Cuban highball. Mojito’s are a cocktail that consists of five ingredients: white rum, sugar, lime juice, soda water, and mint. Well….Tim and I don’t drink so, Watermelon Mock-jito. Perfect summer highball for those who do not partake!

Watermelon Mock-jito

It’s been a long time since Tim or I have had a real cocktail…..almost 15 years for Tim and 9 years for me. We by no means regret our choice, but sometimes we would like something other than water or coffee.

Pureed watermelon, with a touch of lime and sugar, (a great way to use left over watermelon) poured over muddled mint leaves and ice. If you don’t know what or how to muddle, check out the kitchn for a great tutorial. Short version….it’s mushed up stuff.

Watermelon Mock-jito

Top the watermelon mixture with sparkling water. My fav is San Pellegrino. When I first quit drinking, this was my go to in the  summer, with a little raspberry lemonade. 

Watermelon Mock-jito

Light carbonation, full of minerals, crisp, and refreshing, if you want to know more about this Italian sparkling water, the folks at Delish have the skinny, just click the link.

Watermelon Mock-jito

Garnish with lime slices, mint leaves, and watermelon if you desire. 

Watermelon Mock-jito a refreshing, sweet, light summer drink that is the answer to a drink, for those who don’t drink.

If Sangria is more your thing check out our Pomegranate Moscato Sangria

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Watermelon Mock-jito

Watermelon Mock-jito

  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cocktails 1x
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Mix
  • Cuisine: American



3 cups seedless watermelon, cut into chunks

2 limes

2 teaspoons sugar, divided

Fresh mint leaves


Sparkling water – I used San Pellegrino


Place watermelon, juice of 1 lime and 1 teaspoon sugar in a blender and blend until smooth. Set aside.

In the bottom of each glass, muddle 2 mint leaves with 1/2 teaspoon sugar.

Add ice to each glass.

Pour watermelon puree over ice filling each glass about half full.
Add in watermelon puree, filling about 1/2 full.

Top with sparkling water and garnish with mint, lime and watermelon if desired

Keywords: watermelon, mint, lime, mocktail, mock-jito, summer, drink, easy

Alcohol Free Cranberry Cider Sangria

Looking for an adult-type beverage without the booze? Alcohol Free Cranberry Cider Sangria is the perfect fall drink!

Alcohol Free Cranberry Cider Sangria

Sangria is thought of as a summertime drink, but infuse it with apples, and cranberries…two fall favorites and Alcohol Free Cranberry Cider Sangria transitions into fall with ease.

Apple orchards are a popular fall destination for many. Picking apples and pumpkins….hayrides, corn mazes, and apple cider. Pick up some apples and apple cider and you are on your way to a delicious fall drink.

Alcohol Free Cranberry Cider Sangria

Cranberries are another fall favorite and their season ramps up just in time for fall. They lend a tart sweetness to savory or sweet foods.

Alcohol free wines and beers are more readily available than ever before. It’s become chic not to drink. Many of these beers and wines have pretty good taste for those who prefer not to partake. Since neither Tim nor I drink these “free versions” make it easy to use faux wine for recipes.

Alcohol Free Cranberry Cider Sangria

Alcohol Free Cranberry Cider Sangria is an easy to make nonalcoholic drink, just dump everything into a pretty pitcher and add fruit. To serve add ice to a glass and top with your favorite sparkling water for a little fizz!

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Alcohol Free Cranberry Cider Sangria

  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 8 1x


  • 1 bottle Fre non-alcoholic red wine
  • 3 cups apple cider
  • 1 cup unsweetened 100% cranberry juice
  • 1 teaspoons orange extract or orange zest
  • 1/2 cup simple syrup
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • Sparkling water or club soda
  • 1/2 cup each diced red and green apple


  1. Pour non-alcoholic red wine, apple cider, cranberry juice, orange extract or orange zest, and simple syrup into a decorative pitcher; stir to combine. Add cranberries, and diced apples.
  2. To serve: Fill glasses about 2/3’s full adding ice if you wish and top with sparkling water.
  3. Garnish with apples, cranberries, and a stir stick.