Low calorie alcoholic drinks
Here are some lower calories choices to help you enjoy a party every now and again..
White & Red wine:
75-105 calories depending on the level of sweetness. Choose drier varieties for less calories.
Spirits (80 proof):
Gin, rum, vodka, whisky , tequila, brandy and cognac all come in at around 65 calories, but beware of high sugar mixers that can seriously increase this.
at 110 calories per standard drink, this is a better option than regular beer, but still has a substantial hit of energy.
Make yourself a lighter red sangria by ditching the sugar and replacing some of the wine and high-calorie liqueur with sugar-free soda.
Just slice up 4 apples and 3 oranges. Combine fruit with 1 pound red grapes, halved; 3 bottles light- to medium-bodied red wine; 1 can of any diet lemonade and 1 can soda. Chill mixture, and serve over ice for 16 servings of scrumptiousness. Here’s the best part: Each serving has only 173 calories—that’s 125 calories saved!
A single 25ml measure of Vodka is around 50kcal
Top tip: For vodka. It’s is lower in calories than whiskey, it’s true. But it’s not calorie free, like many diet myths suggest it is. A double measure with a sweet mixer like coke is around 170kcal a pop, which is more than a pint of beer. So opt for single shots and mix with low-cal soda water and fresh lime instead!
Calories: A traditionally made Cosmopolitan is 99kcal
Mix a lighter, 218-calorie, fab Cosmo by trading just a little liquor for club soda. Combine in a cocktail shaker (or ask the bartender !) for 1 shot (about 2 ounces) citrus-flavored vodka, 1 splash club soda, 1 splash cranberry juice, and juice of 1 lime wedge; shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Yum—and you’ve slashed 100 calories!
Skinnygirl White Cranberry Cosmo:
We’d be remiss if we didn’t include the original low-cal Cocktail Queen in our roundup of light summer sips. Bethenny Frankel started the trend with her signature Skinnygirl marg and has since expanded the line to include several other flavors, the newest being the White Cranberry Cosmo—which she describes as “a sassy take on a classic, combining hints of orange essence, subtle lime, berry fruit notes, and cranberry into a natural, agave-sweetened wonder.”
And because it’s pre-mixed with actual white cranberries and premium vodka, you can finally enjoy a cosmo Sex and the City style—without the calories! This bottled concoction (available at Selfridges) has only 100 calories per serving.
Skinny Strawberry Mojito:
Molly Morgan, RD, CDN, CSSD, author of The Skinny Rules, suggests using fresh fruits to sweeten cocktails instead of sugary syrups. As far as cocktail calories go, a mojito isn’t that bad to begin with, but by adding sweetness with fresh strawberries instead of syrup, you lower the calorie count even more. This lighter drink is the perfect refreshment for a warm summer day!
8 ounces club soda
1 ounce white rum
10 mint leaves
4 sliced strawberries
4 lime slices (1/2 of lime)
Directions: In a sturdy glass, muddle mint leaves, strawberries, and lime slices by gently pressing on and twisting the mint leaves and lime. Muddling doesn’t mean grinding them to a pulp — just twist until you smell mint. The end of a rolling pin will work if you don’t own a muddler. Next, add 1 cup crushed ice, the club soda, and rum. Stir gently and garnish with a mint sprig and a lime wedge before serving.
Brunch Bloody Mary:
The vegetable juice base of this Bloody Mary sneaks in vitamins and nutrients, making it a prime choice for brunch. Add a dash of hot sauce for an extra kick.
1 1/2 ounces vodka
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
4 ounces vegetable juice
2 teaspoons lemon juice
Dash of salt and pepper
Celery stalk for garnish
A few drops of hot sauce (optional)
Directions: Fill a glass with ice before adding, in order, vodka, Worcestershire sauce, vegetable juice and lemon juice. Sprinkle in a dash of salt and pepper. Use celery stalk to stir and then leave it in the glass for garnish. Top with the hot sauce if desired. Bottoms up!
Baby, it’s cold outside:
1 ounce brandy
6 ounces hot water
3/4 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 or 2 thin slices of lemon for garnish
Directions: In a mug, stir together brandy, hot water, honey, and lemon juice. Garnish with lemon slices.
When you’re out to eat, it’s tempting to have a cocktail, but many restaurant recipes are full of added sugar and flavoring. For a safe bet while you’re out on the town, enjoy a diet vodka tonic or vodka soda. It is a drink you can sip with your meal without tacking on hundreds of calories.
1 ounce 80-proof vodka
5 ounces Slimline or diet tonic water
Squeeze of lime juice
Directions: Pour vodka into a glass filled with ice. Add your choice of tonic water. Squeeze juice of lime wedge into glass and stir lightly.
Springtime Elderflower Sparkler:
1 tablespoon elderflower concentrate or syrup
1/4 cup extra-dry champagne
1/4 cup seltzer
Sprig fresh mint or edible flower for garnish
Directions: Place elderflower concentrate or syrup in the bottom of a champagne glass, add champagne and seltzer. Garnish with mint sprig or edible flowers, and voilà! Serve promptly for best flavor.
Creamy Spiced Fall Cider:
Skip the pumpkin pie, and enjoy a warm mug of this delicious cocktail recipe instead — you’ll save on calories and still enjoy all the flavour of the month
4 ounces cider
1 ounce spiced rum
1 ounce light coconut milk
Directions: In a saucepan, heat cider to desired temperature, then pour into your favourite mug. Stir in spiced rum and coconut milk. Relax and enjoy!