Fuse Pilates’ Healthy Summer Cocktail Concoctions

WASHINGTON D.C. (July 9, 2012) – Mariska Breland and Roxanna Hakimi, co-owners of the Fuse Pilates Playground, share their favorite healthy summer cocktail recipes to keep you and your guests refreshed at your next summer soiree. With the scorching summer heat, like a good workout, a cool cocktail may be added to the list of must-haves. Many drinks are comprised of a fruit medley mixed with a preferred type of alcohol, but just a few cups of these tasty beverages can easily rackup more than your daily suggested calorie intake. “I typically gravitate towards fruitier drinks,” says Roxanna Hakimi, managing partnerand co-owner of Fuse Pilates. “I just don’t like all the sugar that comes along with it so I’ll usually alter the recipe by adding sparkling water and less juice to decrease the sugar and calorie intake. My favorite drink at the moment is a peach pomegranate combination mixed with organic vodka.” Unfortunately, even the name of a cocktail can be misleading. A “fruit punch” infused cocktail may not have any fruit juice in it at all! With the average cocktail ranging between 400-800 calories per 12 oz. it’s important to know what ingredients are being used and whether there are any healthier alternatives. “We’re excited to share two of our favorite cocktail recipes with everyone and hopefully it encourages people to be conscious of not only what goes into their meals, but their drinks, too,” says Mariska Breland, founder and co-owner of Fuse Pilates. “And to do a little altering of their own when it comes to beverages!”

Fuse Pilates’ Healthy Summer Cocktail Concoctions:

Roxanna’s Peach Pomegranate Vodka on the “Rox”: 1 oz. organic vodka ½ oz. peach liqueur ½ oz. pomegranate juice Splash of sparkling water/club soda Lime wheel for garnish Mix the organic vodka, peach liqueur and pomegranate juice in a glass over ice. Add a splash of sparkling water/club soda. Garnish with a lime wheel. Enjoy! Mariska’s Watermelon and Raspberry Martini: 1 oz. organic vodka 2 oz. watermelon juice (be sure to use a ripe watermelon for juicing) 1 oz. raspberry puree ½ oz. lime juice Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Shake well. Strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with a slice of watermelon. Enjoy! The Fuse Pilates Playground offers a fresh, revolutionary method of Pilates to the DC area. Co-owners Mariska Breland and Roxanna Hakimi are happy to share their favorite healthy cocktail recipes as an extension of their ‘Fuse’ lifestyle. For more information on Fuse Pilates, visit: FusePilates.com

About Fuse Pilates

Fuse Pilates, developed in 2005 by fitness expert Mariska Breland, builds on traditional Pilates exercises and teaching styles with an original, fun, and highly effective twist on Pilates mat and apparatus classes. Prompted by the growing popularity of the Fuse Pilates method, Breland partnered with Roxanna Hakimi and Sormeh Youssefieh to open the Fuse Pilates Playground in Washington DC’s trendy Dupont Circle neighborhood in June 2011. Each Fuse class is different, uniquely customized to student requests and choreographed to upbeat music. Classes offer an intense yet approachable method of mat, tower, reformer and chair instruction, along with private coaching and wellness counseling for beginner to expert levels. Fuse Pilates' highly trained and experienced instructors concentrate on 360 degrees of the body to shapeand create beautifully-toned physiques while promoting overall health and wellness. To learn more about Fuse Pilates visit http://www.fusepilates.com/.

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