Need a Drink? Reach for These Low Calorie Cocktails

Why would you want to know how to make low calorie cocktails? Aren’t all alcoholic drinks full of empty calories and therefore per definition unfit for the diet conscious? Doesn’t alcohol melt away your resolve to stay away from those beer nuts, one drink at a time? Well, yes and no: It is true that alcohol can mess with your inhibitions and will add calories and very little nutrition to your diet. However, as long as you make smart choices and enjoy alcohol in moderation, there is no reason not to enjoy cocktails once in a while. After all, everyone needs to relax or party sometimes. If you like to do that with cocktails, all you need to know are the right choices to ensure you’ll keep your calorie consumption low.

The Basics

First of all, you should use unsweetened liquor as your base, since 80 proof unsweetened liquors, like rum, whiskey, vodka or brandy, only sit around 65 calories per ounce. So, except for limiting the amount of liquor you use in your cocktail, your choice for one of these will not make much of a difference. However, making sure you use low calorie mixers can make a world of difference. For example, adding Diet Coke or soda water to your drink, will add no calories, while regular Coke adds about 100 calories per glass.

After this quick overview of the basics of creating low calorie cocktails, let’s take a look at 3 cocktails that will allow you to enjoy a party and stay on track with your diet:

Skinny Mojito

When you make a Mojito, you want to make sure you use fresh ingredients–sugar rich lime syrup instead of fresh lime is a big no-no. To make this low calorie cocktail, crush a couple of lime wedges and mint leaves in a sturdy glass, making sure you squeeze out all the lime juice. Then add 1.5 oz of rum, half a handful of crushed ice, 2 ounces of club soda and a sachet of artificial sweetener. This cocktail totals around 110 calories.

Cape Codder

The Cape Codder is another name for a vodka cranberry.  This classic cocktail can be quite hefty on the calories if you use sweetened cranberry juice. However, if you use a light cranberry juice, then one shot of vodka plus half a glass of cranberry juice will only set you back by about 85 to 100 calories per cocktail.

White Wine Spritzer

You might think this is a bit of an oldie, but it’s still as refreshing on a hot summer evening as it was 50 years ago, and above all it’s a great diet choice. Dry white wine is already fairly low in calories with its 85 calories per glass, but if you dilute the wine with soda water you lower the caloric value even more. A wine glass of White Wine Spritzer made with one part soda water and one part dry white wine contains only 42.5 calories.


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