Low calorie cocktails that are guilt free!
Do you enjoy having a cocktail on the weekends, after work or even during the holidays, but suffering the consequences from the extra calories these have? There are a lot of sinfully delicious cocktails that can pack on the pounds, but there are just as many that are low in calories. By substituting these low calorie cocktails from the high-calorie treats that you’re used to, you may find that you will avoid extra weight gain, while still being able to enjoy yourself. What’s even better is that these low calorie beverages may lead to creating your very own cocktails based on your taste and calorie allotment!
1. Sparkling Cranberry and Vodka:
This classic drink can be a diet-killer, but that’s not the case with this low-calorie twist. Start by purchasing Diet Ocean Spray Sparkling Cranberry Cocktail. Pour it into a glass and add two ounces of your choice of vodka (go for a flavored vodka if you want more taste). If you can’t find that specific cranberry drink, then make your own with club soda and light cranberry juice. This will be a few more calories, but still low in sugar. This will run you 100 calories with Ocean Spray Sparkling and 140 with light cranberry juice
2. Apple Martini:
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour in 6 oz apple vodka (or plain), 1 cup natural apple juice, 1/4 cup lime juice, 1 sugar packet and 2 cups lemon-lime flavored club soda. Shake until well-stirred and then pour into cocktail glass. This makes four servings and each is only 140 calories!
3. Champagne-Watermelon with Lime:
Start this recipe by taking watermelon cubes and crushing them in the blender. After straining the mixture, pour two cups of the liquid into a pitcher. Add in 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, 1/2 cup vanilla vodka, 1/4 cup Triple Sec, 3 tbsp lime juice and 3 cups of champagne. Pour into glass and enjoy this beverage at 150 calories per serving (makes 8 servings).
4. Raspberry Prosecco:
If you want a fancy drink, then scoop 1 spoonful of raspberry sorbet (no sugar added) into a champagne glass. Pour in 5 oz sparkling wine and then enjoy! The raspberry will add a sweet taste as it melts into the sparkling wine. As for calories, it will only run you 175 per glass.
5. Light Citrus Cosmo:
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour 8 oz light cranberry juice, 6 oz citrus vodka, and 2 oz fresh lime juice. Shake until mixed and then pour strained liquid into a martini glass. This makes four beverages at 110 calories each.
6. Whiskey-Sour Light:
These low calorie cocktails are easy to make. Simply mix 1.5 oz of Disaronno with 1 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice. Add in 1 packet of Splenda, 1 cherry and 1 oz of club soda and you’ve got a refreshing light sweet drink that’s actually less than 100 calories!
7. Light Tom Collins Twist:
To make this, pour 2 ounces lemon juice, 2 tbsp powdered sugar, 8 oz pomegranate juice, 6 oz gin and 4 ounces of sparkling water into a large pitcher. Add ice, stir and then pour into cocktail glasses. Garnish with a lemon slice and black cherry and you have four servings of cocktails that are around 150 calories each.
8. Raspberry Daiquiri:
In a blender add 10 ice cubes, 2 cups frozen raspberries, 6 oz white run, 2 oz lime juice and 4 packets of Splenda (or 1/4 cup sugar). Blend on high until all ingredients are combined, then pour into four glasses and enjoy this cocktail with your guests for 160 calories each.
In your blender add 16 ice cubes, 6 oz tequila, 4 oz lime juice, 3 ounces triple sec and 3 tbsp sugar. Blend on high until all ingredients are combined and then pour into margarita glasses. This makes four beverages at 200 calories each.
10. Grapefruit Gin:
This one takes a little work, but it’s well worth it. Start by heating a saucepan over medium heat and adding in 1 cup fresh raspberries. Add in 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water before bringing the mixture to a boil. Once this is boiling, turn the heat off and crush the raspberries into the liquid. Strain this once you’re finished and throw the pulp away. Next take the leftover liquid and pour it into a pitcher with the juice from 4 grapefruits. Add in 4 oz of gin and ice cubes, then mix together and pour into four glasses. This clocks in at about 180 calories for each serving.
Which of these low calorie cocktails sound good to you? Try one each time you want a drink and you might be surprised by which you enjoy. Although it might be an adjustment to switch from “your drink” to those that are lower in calories, it will be very much worth it. You’ll be taking in fewer calories, less sugar and less fat. Remember to count your calories in addition to cutting them, and you’ll be on a path to weight loss or preventing weight gain.