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Drink Your Veggies: New Cocktails at W Hotel Are Low-Cal and Good for You

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Juicing is a big craze right now, and we have to admit, some juicing fanatics look pretty good (did you see how great Jack LaLanne looked in his 90s?) But we still can't help feeling that all those liquid veggies could use a touch of magic to help wash them down. Like maybe... tequila?

So when Ray Ramos, the mixologist for the W Fort Lauderdale Hotel, decided to combine spirits and juices into cocktails, he had our complete attention.

Each cocktail is packed with nutrients like vitamin C and antioxidants. They're also all under 200 calories, which makes it easy to have two and still keep your diet. Plus you can feel good knowing you're taking part in the juicing craze. So what if you added a "secret, special ingredient" to your juice? While each recipe calls for tequila, we can't help but think vodka or gin would work equally well. Don't you love when there's room for experimentation?

Get these veggie-based cocktails at Living Room and Whiskey Blue at the W Fort Lauderdale hotel -- or break out that juicer you bought at 2 a.m. from QVC with nothing but good intentions and make them at home with these recipes.

Carrot and Cilantro Cooler (183 calories)

2 oz. blanco tequila - 138 calories

3/4 oz. carrot juice - 6 calories

1/2 oz. orange juice- 7 calories

1/4 oz. agave nectar - 30 calories

Pinch of Cilantro leaves - 2 calories

Shake and fine strain into a highball glass. Garnish with cilantro leaf.

Beet blast (157 calories)

2 oz. blanco tequila - 138 calories

1 1/4 oz. beetroot juice - 17 calories

1/4 oz. lemon juice - 2 calories

Heavy splash Cholula hot sauce - 0 calories

Shake and strain into a coupe or martini glass. Garnish with lemon wheel.

Jalapeno Margarita (187 calories)

1 1/2 oz. blanco tequila - 100 calories

1/2 oz. Cointreau - 48 calories

1/2 oz. simple syrup - 25 calories

1 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice - 12 calories

3 pieces muddled jalapeño - 2 calories

Shake and strain into rocks glass over ice. Garnish with jalapeño slice.

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