Diluting the sparkling Italian wine Prosecco with calorie-free soda water takes nothing away from this cocktail, thanks to the herbaceous and citrusy notes in the sugar syrup. This drink, created by New York City nutritionist Marissa Lippert, RD, author of The Cheater’s Diet, comes in at 33 fewer calories than a six-ounce glass of Prosecco.
1 cup sugar
½ cup mint leaves, loosely packed
¾ teaspoon dried lavender
3 strips lemon peel, removed with a vegetable peeler
4 ounces Prosecco, chilled
Club soda, chilled
Lemon twist and mint sprig, for garnish
Make simple syrup: In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup water, the sugar, mint, lavender and lemon peel to a simmer until all the sugar is dissolved. Allow the syrup to cool, then strain through a sieve, discarding the solids. You can refrigerate the syrup for up to two weeks and use in other drinks or desserts. For this drink: Place Prosecco in a wineglass. Add 1½ teaspoons simple syrup. Top off with club soda.