Skinny Sunrise Cocktail


Skinny Sunrise Cocktail is a refreshing, sweet, and simple cocktail that clocks in at just 145 calories!


Once upon a time I had a college roommate who believed she could will herself skinny, simply by the power of positive thinking.

Ah, dare to dream!

She insisted she never gained weight from the horrible college food we all ate, simply because she told herself she wouldn’t. I mean, she was thin, and never worked out a single day during the semester we lived together, but me thinks her svelte figure had more to do with her 20 year old metabolism than anything else.

I mean, in the real world, calories count. The 57th tortilla chip you eat at the Mexican restaurant counts. The cheese oozing out of your enchiladas counts. The margarita as big as your head definitely counts!

I got to thinking about my former college roomie because Cinco de Mayo is coming up this weekend and, never one to turn down a reason to celebrate, I know I’ll be devouring some yummy, Mexican-inspired eats. The only problem is, I go tooootally overboard when I eat Mexican food. (See 57th tortilla chip, cheese enchiladas, and bowling ball-sized margarita above!)

Knowing that some of you are in the same boat, I rounded up a few healthy, south-of-the-border recipes to try this Saturday, on what I’m dubbing – Shrinko de Mayo. May we all “shrink” a little this weekend due to making healthy eating choices, and not by pretending that calories don’t count!





Restaurant Style Salsa


Taco Dippers



Chicken Caesar Chalupa

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Chicken Enchilada Pasta

Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken

Green Chili Chicken Enchilada Casserole with Quick Pico de Gallo

Homemade Chipotle Burrito Bowl

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Low Carb Taco Boats

Vegetarian Enchiladas (Husband approved!)



Grapefruit Mojito


Skinny Mojito


Speaking of drinks, skip the crazy-caloric margarita this weekend for a Skinny Sunrise cocktail, which only has 145 calories!

Fresh squeezed orange juice, 100% pineapple juice, homemade strawberry simple syrup, and rum (or tequila, or vodka!) are shaken with ice, then poured into a glass and topped with fizzy club soda.


I can’t even begin to describe how sweet & refreshing this cocktail is and it’s only 145 calories!


Start by making the Strawberry Simple Syrup. This literally could not be easier and takes like, 4 minutes.

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Simply combine 1/2 cup each water and sugar into a small saucepan with 3 large strawberries.

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Bring the mixture to a boil, smashing the strawberries while it heats up.


Let the syrup boil continuously for 30 seconds, then remove it from the heat and let it cool.


Pour the syrup into a food processor or blender…


Then let ‘er rip!

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Strain out the seeds, then pour into a jar or container with a tight fitting lid.


You know I used a mason jar. ;) Stash in the fridge to cool completely.


When you’re ready to par-tay, grab the rest of your ingredients, including rum (again, vodka or tequila would be boss in here, I only had rum on hand) club soda, 100% pineapple juice, and an orange, half of which you’ll need to juice.


Shake the strawberry syrup, pineapple juice, orange juice, and rum with ice, then pour into a glass and top with club soda. I am telling you – grab your shades because you will feel like you are on the beaches of Cancun when you sip these babies!


Skinny Sunrise Cocktail

Serves 1


Skinny Sunrise Cocktail is a refreshing, sweet, and simple cocktail that clocks in at just 145 calories!


  • 2 Tablespoons (1oz) rum (could use any other type of liquor)
  • 1 Tablespoon (.5oz) strawberry simple syrup
  • 3 Tablespoons (1.5oz) orange juice (about 1/2 navel orange)
  • 3 Tablespoons (1.5oz) pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup (2oz) club soda
  • ice
  • For the strawberry simple syrup (makes ~1 cup syrup):
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 3 large strawberries


  1. For the strawberry simple syrup: Combine sugar, water, and strawberries into a small saucepan over high heat. Mash strawberries as the mixture comes to a boil. Boil for 30 seconds, then turn off the heat and allow syrup to cool completely. Transfer syrup to a food processor or blender, process until smooth, then strain through a fine mesh sieve to remove the strawberry seeds (optional.) Chill in the fridge.
  2. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, then add rum, strawberry simple syrup, orange juice, and pineapple juice. Shake until very cold. Pour into a glass, including the ice, then top with club soda.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats,


My original intent was to layer the pink strawberry syrup, followed by the orange juice, pineapple juice, then club soda – to mimic a sunrise – but, yeah, juices don’t layer very well.


It all tastes the same goin’ down anyway! ;)


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  1. so excited to use some of these! we’re celebrating in atlantic city this weekend, and i’m DYING for some festive, but healthy, eats :D thanks!

  2. Holy moly that looks delicious! I’ll have to add that to our menu for Saturday!

  3. shrinko-de-mayo, love it! I’m impressed by people who CAN control themselves around Mexican food. And that cocktail…looks amazing.

  4. j3nn 05.03.2012

    I love those little cans of pineapple juice.

  5. Lauren 05.03.2012

    Shrinko de Mayo. You are too clever! I don’t comment enough but just wanted to let you know I found your blog back when you started it and I was a new wife learning to cook. I’ve been hooked ever since. Ive read every one of your blogs. Even when I go on vaca and come back my husband knows I need to catch up on my IGE. As weird as it may sound I feel like I can relate to you, I love your recipes, workouts, humor in your posts and i can tell you have a special relationship with Ben. You are a talented writer and photog. I always read and never shared and just wanted to let you know :) Thanks!

    Now, I think this calls for a skinny sunrise!

  6. Randi 05.03.2012

    You have my mouth watering! I am such a sucker for Mexican. Definitely trying some of these recipes!

  7. Marie 05.03.2012

    That drink looks delish! I don’t drink alcohol but I think all of the components minus the booze would be a great non-alcohol alternative – something I’m always on the lookout for!

  8. Oh, yum. That drink sounds and looks delicious. I’ll have to make it for my boyfriend and I to drink by the pool. :)

  9. So that story reminds me of the time I was studying abroad in Spain and one of the students in our program had her friend visit us. We were all at the dinner table when this girl wouldn’t eat and got into explaining that her and her mom were on the “sun diet” meaning that they got all the energy they needed from the sun, like a plant would. I’ll spare you the rest of the ridiculous conversation that ensued but seriously, the friggin SUN DIET?! Sorry, but last time I checked humans don’t have chlorophyll!

  10. This is a great collection of your recipes, going to keep coming back to these even when it’s not Cinco de Mayo as we love Mexican food, but not all the calories :) Can’t wait to make the virgin version of your Sunrise Cocktail too, and the original once baby #2 is born!

  11. Kristen W. 05.03.2012

    I need that cocktail asap!

  12. Shrinko de mayo! I love it. All of these recipes look fantastic. I love the salscamole idea! And I think I have one of those cocktails with my name on it, waiting to celebrate after finals are over next week.

  13. Kate 05.03.2012

    I don’t like pineapple juice, any suggestions on alternatives??

  14. CJ - Food Stories 05.03.2012

    Getting skinny on a food holiday? Oh the power of positive thinking :)

  15. Ok, all of these recipes sound so good! Um, one of each, please?! Definitely going to try the sunrise cocktail out. Thanks, thanks!! :)

  16. Lindsey 05.03.2012

    I saw your Soda Stream bottle!! :) Love my SodaStream machine! Thanks for your reminder to “take it easy” on all the good food this weekend!

  17. Lauren 05.03.2012

    Oh glorious Mexican food! You’re speaking my language girl.

  18. Yum this drink looks heavenly! I like that you made your own simple syrup too :) I want to try this on Saturday!!

  19. Allison 05.03.2012

    If you made a cookbook I’d buy a copy for myself and everybody I know!! I want to make all of the recipes you posted!!

  20. You are wicked awesome!! So awesome! Great recipes!

  21. Hahahahah shrinko. Real talk, DragonBerry Bacardi would taste magical in this. Just sayyyyinnnn.

  22. Love all these recipes! Move over Mimosa, I’m especially digging the Skinny Sunrise.

  23. Thanks for the healthy recipes! I don’t have the metabolism like your college roommate so this is perfect for me!

  24. Marie B. 05.04.2012

    Love your ‘words of wisdom’ at the end! I totally agree it was her 20 yr old metabolism! Mine left around 25!

    Skinny sunrise, huh? Hmmm…….maybe, sure looks good! Again, your pictures are the best and always tempt me even if I don’t like that particular food! :)

    Have a great weekend and especially, a fantastic Shrinko de Mayo! (cute!)

  25. Thank you so much for posting all these yummy yet skinny Mexican recipes!! I’m so excited to try some of them!

  26. nien 05.04.2012

    Thank`s for Skinny Sunrise recipe .. i just cant wait this Saturday for to try it..

  27. Mary e 05.06.2012

    Do you know if there’s a skinnier way to make simple syrup, say with stevia or Splenda? Not sure if they melt like sugar.

  28. LP @dishclips 05.08.2012

    I love the strawberry syrup recipe and the drink looks fabulous!

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