The abundance of warm weather in Southwest Florida makes us crave frosty, fruity—and alas, often fattening—cocktails. Which can cause us to avoid our shorts and swimsuits. What a dilemma.
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar comes to the rescue, adding two low-calorie beverages to the “5 for $6 ’til 7” Bar Menu—Heineken Premium Light, a full-flavored beer that weighs in at a trim 99 calories, and a new, specially created vodka cocktail.
Low-cal and cocktails don’t usually go together, but why should beer drinkers get all the low-cal fun? Fleming’s embraced the challenge of creating a summer cocktail, with three criteria: It had to be refreshing, so citrus was a must. It had to be fun and colorful. The real challenge: It had to be under 100 calories.
Creating this recipe was a bit like solving the Rubik’s cube, lining up just the right combination of delicious calories. A little more vodka here, a few less calories there … but finally, here it is. Our guilt-free, 99-calorie cocktail, the Bikinitini. We garnish this delicious drink with three mini- marshmallows, as a toast to the yellow polka-dot bikini. Cheers!
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
8985 Tamiami Trail North
Naples, FL 34108
Prepared By Marian Jansen op de Haar, Director of Wine
1.25 oz. Svedka Clementine Vodka
1/4 oz. lemon juice
3/4 oz. orange juice
1 packet Splenda
1 oz. soda
Shake all ingredients on ice (shake vigorously as usual to dissolve all Splenda)
Garnish—three mini white marshmallows on skewer/space between the marshmallows
Note: freeze the marshmallows so they are easier to skewer