Who doesn’t like an occasional cocktail on a night out? Unfortunately, cocktails are deliciously morish and it’s often difficult to stop after just one. Given that most of us drink an inordinate amount of our total daily calories (more than 20%) and that a cocktail can easily clock more than 600 calories, it’s worth learning which cocktails are high in calories, which ones are low calorie and how to make your favorite cocktail a little less calorific. A few tweaks here and there to a cocktail can drastically lower their calorie content.
1. GIN / VODKA TONIC
Ingredients: 2 oz. gin / vodka, 5 oz. tonic water, one lime wedge
A lowish calorie drink you can make lower. Gin/ Vodka with SODA is seriously low-calorie. Gin/ Vodka Tonic contains sugar from the tonic water. It isn’t the most fattening drink, but it is deceptive.
Lower calorie option: Gin/ Vodka with club soda.
Ingredients: 2 – 3 oz. rum, 1 tsp. lime juice, 2 tsp. sugar, fresh mint leaves, club soda.
Calories do not include the sugar water often used to sweeten the cocktail even further. This cocktail can be low-calorie and on the upside contains vitamin C (boosting your immune system) and fresh mint for the digestion. However, calorie content will vary markedly on how much sugar is used to sweeten the cocktail. There is a lot of variation.
Lower calorie option: Speak to the bartender, ask him to go easy on the sugar or use a sweetener instead.
Ingredients: 1 oz. vodka, 1/2 oz. triple sec, 1/2 oz. lime juice, 1/2 oz. cranberry juice.
Calorie content does not include the syrup often used in place of lime juice, which is of course much higher in sugar. Low in calories and contains health-boosting cranberry juice. While not the most calorific cocktail, but easier to drink than the others. Can end-up drinking a few of these easily.
Lower calorie option: vodka with (diet) cranberry juice.
4. WATERMELON MARTINI
Ingredients: 1 oz. Vodka, 1 ½ oz. Watermelon juice, 1 Watermelon slice
Fruity, rejuvenating pink cocktail. Plus, watermelon is a high in lycopene, an antioxidant believed to help reduce your risk for heart disease. Also, this cocktail is one of those you can easily modify to make it healthier.
5. DIET SODA WITH …
OTHER LOW CALORIE COCKTAILS
- Flavored vodka (1 oz.) and soda: 65 calories.
- White Wine Spritzer (4 oz. white wine plus club soda): 80 calories
- Bloody Mary:90 calories
- Champagne: 100 calories
- Light Beer: 100 calories
LOW CALORIE MIXERS
- Diet soda or diet tonic: 0 calories
- Coffee /tea: 0 calories
- DaVinci or Torani’s sugar-free syrups: 0
- Baja Bob’s sugar-free margarita or sweet ‘n’ sour mix: 0 calories
- Light lemonade (8 oz): 5 calories
- Lemon or lime juice (1/2 oz): 10 calories
- Light cranberry juice (8 oz): 40 calories
- Light orange juice (8 oz): 50 calories
- Orange juice (6 oz): 84 calories