Mixed drinks have a notorious reputation for being calorie bombs with no redeeming nutritional value. (Sorry, that celery stalk in your Bloody Mary doesn’t count towards your daily serving of vegetables.)
The small shot of rum in your Mai Tai can pack nearly as many calories as a full serving of wine, even before you add in the sweet and sour mix, pineapple juice, triple sec, and crème de almond.
But it is possible to indulge in your favorite drinks and still keep your waistline trim. Here are ten of the best low calorie cocktails that you don’t have to feel guilty about drinking.
- Bloody Mary: One of the world’s most popular mixed drinks is also one of the least calorically dense cocktails in existence. At 150 calories per serving, the combination of 150 ml of tomato juice, 50 ml of vodka, the juice of 1 lemon, 1 tsp. of Worcestershire sauce, ½ tsp. of Tabasco sauce, and a pinch of salt and pepper ends up being relatively diet-friendly.
- Margarita: A margarita made with 35 ml of Triple Sec Liqueur, 35 ml of Tequila, the juice of ½ of a lime, and some low-cal sweetener to rim the glass has just over 200 calories per serving.
- Old Fashioned: A mixture of mint leaves, 1.5 oz. of whiskey, ¼ oz. of lime juice, and ½ tsp. of sugar will only set you back about 135 calories, according to Shape.com.
- Gin Martini: Whether you prefer your martini shaken or stirred, the combination of 70 ml of vodka, 50 ml of dry vermouth, 1 lemon slice, 1 green olive will only set you back approximately 200 calories.
- Long Island Iced Tea: Sugar is what makes the traditional Long Island Iced Tea so calorically-dense, but the solution to this issue is simple. Swap regular 7-Up and Coke for their diet counterparts and that to your mixture of 1 part vodka, 1 part tequila, 1 part rum, 1 part gin, 1 part Triple Sec Liqueur, and 1 part lemon juice, to make one of the best low calorie cocktails around.
- Mojito: To slash the calories in this crowd-pleasing cocktail, make your own version of simple syrup using Stevia or another kind of low-calorie sweetener.
- Cosmopolitan: For a low-calorie Cosmopolitan, combine 18 ml of Cointreau Liqueur, 25 ml of vodka, 25 ml of cranberry juice, and the juice of one lime; this mixture only add up to 116 calories per serving.
- Gin and Tonic: At approximately 200 calories per serving, Gin and Tonic is already one of the best low-calorie cocktails out there, but replacing regular tonic water with diet tonic water (which has no calories) will further lower the calorie count.
- Rum and Coke/Vodka and Soda: Swap regular soda with diet to further slash the calories in these drinks.
- Pina Colada: For 165 calories, you can enjoy a guilt-free Pina Colada Cooler, recipe courtesy of Fitness Magazine.
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