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Ashley Pierson is the Food and Nutrition Editor for Miss A. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition from Michigan State University, and is following her passion for food after leaving the pharmaceutical industry where she worked as a sales representative for nearly a decade. Ashley loves locally grown food and has great fun coming up with new recipes using these local treasures as the foundation. She lives in Traverse City, MI, voted by Midwest Living magazine as a top 5 foodie town. Ashley lives with her husband, son and daughter near the shores of Lake Michigan.

Smart & Sexy Low Cal Cocktails Featuring Sparkling Ice And Voga Italia Wine

National Smart & Sexy Day is this Wednesday, March 13th.  Celebrate the occasion with SPARKLING ICE and VOGA ITALIA WINE. Sparkling Ice can be used to make quick and easy cocktails for any occasion. This beverage retails anywhere from $12.00-$15.00/12 pack, which makes entertaining a large crowd extremely affordable. SPARKLING ICE’s collection includes many refreshing flavors: Coconut Pineapple, Lemon Lime, Kiwi Strawberry, Lemonade, Orange Mango, Pomegranate Berry, Pink Grapefruit, and Black Raspberry. This zero calorie beverage which combines naturally flavored sparkling mountain spring water, fruit juices, vitamins and antioxidants. With so many delicious flavors to choose from, swapping out soda and sugary beverages for SPARKLING ICE is definitely smart and sexy!


Try these luscious recipes featuring SPARKLING ICE:

Photo Credit: Sparkling Ice

Photo Credit: Sparkling Ice

5 oz Lemon Lime SPARKLING ICE

1 oz. Bacardi Light Rum

6 Mint leaves lightly muddled

Splash of Lime

Shake and pour into a chilled tall glass with ice. Garnish with a lime slice.


Photo Credit: Sparkling Ice

Photo Credit: Sparkling Ice

3 oz Lemon Lime SPARKLING ICE

1oz. Tequila

Splash of Triple Sec

Fresh Squeezed Lime

Shake and pour into a chilled rocks glass rimmed in salt. Garnish with a lime slice.


If wine is your pleasure, dazzle your taste buds with VOGA ITALIA WINE.  The collection retails from $10.99 to $15.99 and includes Pinot Grigio, Merlot, Moscato, and Premium Sparkling. VOGA is available in over 62 countries, hundreds of major cities, and can be found in thousands of the world’s trendiest bars, restaurants and shops. Wherever, whenever, if you are drinking VOGA you are drinking IN Style. Try VOGA ITALIA WINE as a mixed drink too. Enjoy a night out with the girls or that special guy, the possibilities are endless.


Photo Credit: VOGA ITALIA

Photo Credit: VOGA ITALIA



1 oz Midori melon liquor

1 oz vodka

1 ½ oz lemonade

In a shaker, combine ice, vodka, Midori, and lemonade.  Stir gently and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Top with VOGA Sparkling. Garnish with lemon slice.





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