What Are the Best Low-Calorie Alcoholic Drinks?

Sunday, August 15 2021 11:29 AM

Let's face it... It's hard to have a social life AND remain conscious about what you’re consuming, especially during summertime, a holiday, a friend's celebration, or a family get-together.Drinking skinny cocktails with friends

Keep in mind that indulgence is the key to leading a balanced life. Having a treat now and then can help you stick to your fitness goals, as you allow yourself some grace and give your body what it's craving.

Here are some blogs to prove the point that it's okay to indulge as long as you don't overdo it.

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This summer, you're in luck! Here are some healthy and delicious cocktail recipes you can make at home to help you stay on track as you beat the summer heat. Along with these skinny cocktail recipes, we've also provided a list of the best low-calorie, alcoholic drink orders, so you can plan ahead when out with your friends.

So, don't make a snap decision choosing the worst drink option out there when the bartender asks you what you want. Don't create those sugary cocktails at home just because they're popular amongst your peers. Instead, be prepared and use our list of skinny cocktails and better-for-you drink orders. Stick with the list, know the better options, and stay true to yourself and your fitness goals. You can do it!

Skinny Cocktail Recipes & The Best Low-Calorie Drinks to Order:

Drinking out with friends

Make the following delicious alcoholic recipes instead of the common favorites loaded with sugar at home, and feel better and more in control of what you consume.

 1. Skinny Fruit Spritz Cocktail

Serves 4 | 64 calories per serving

Recipe adapted from https://princesspinkygirl.com/skinny-summer-cocktails/

  • 4 ounces vodka
  • 2 liters of sparkling water
  • 2 tbs of Stevia
  • Fresh strawberries, blueberries, and lemon
  1. Mix vodka, seltzer water, and stevia in a pitcher.
  2. Add fruit, mix well and pour over ice. Enjoy.

2. Keto Vodka Lemonade

Serves 4 | 152 calories per serving

Recipe adapted from https://www.ketofocus.com/recipes/sugar-free-keto-vodka-lemonade/

  • 8 ounces vodka
  • 4 cups of cold water
  • 1/2 cup of monk fruit or sweetener of choice
  • 1 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 cup of Ice
  • Strawberries for garnish
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and mix until smooth
  2. Garnish with strawberries and serve to enjoy. 

3. Low-Cal Summertime Margarita

Serves 4 | 118 calories per serving

skinny margarita by the pool

Recipe adapted from https://www.openfit.com/skinny-margarita-recipes

  • 2 cups of unsweetened coconut water
  • 2 cups ice
  • 1 1/2 cups of 100% fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup of tequila
  • 4 tbs freshly squeezed orange juice
  • Orange and lime wedges for garnish
  • Pink Himalayan or sea salt for rims
  1. Combine all ingredients into a shaker, and shake for 15-30 seconds. If you want it to be frozen, combine ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Take a lime wedge and roll it over the lip of 4 serving glasses. Then, roll that lip into your sea salt.
  3. Pour the drink mixture into your 4 glasses and garnish with orange and lime wedges.

4. Tropical, No Added-Sugar Sangria

Serves 4 | 130 calories per serving

Recipe adapted from https://under500calories.com/recipe/0ea65-tropical-sangria

  • 1 cup of white wine
  • 1/2 cup of white rum
  • 1/4 cup of freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tsp of sweetener of choice
  • 1/2 cup diced mango
  • 1/2 cup diced apple
  • 1 cup of club soda
  • 3 cups ice
  • Mint for optional garnish
  1. Add all ingredients except for club soda into a large pitcher with ice.
  2. Add club soda and stir.
  3. Serve and enjoy!

5. Skinny Strawberry Mojito

Serves 4 | 112 calories per serving
mojito recipe

Recipe adapted from https://thedeliciousspoon.com/strawberry-mojito/

  • 8 sliced strawberries
  • 8-10 sprigs of mint
  • 1 lime cut into 4 wedges
  • 1 1/3 cups of crushed ice
  • 4 tsp of stevia or another sweetener of choice
  • 2/3 cup of white rum
  • 1 liter of orange-flavored club soda
  1. Muddle mint, strawberries, and stevia together until the mint turns dark green. (Use a wooden spoon if you don't have a muddler.)
  2. Add muddled mixture to a large picture and stir in your rum.
  3. Top it off with your club soda and stir.
  4. Squeeze one lime wedge into 4 glasses of crushed ice,
  5. Pour equal parts into your glasses and serve.

Best Low-Calorie Alcoholic Drink Choices | What to Order When Out:

Order one of these healthier drink choices while out, and stay on top of your fitness goals during summer.

1. Miller 64

64 calories per serving

low calorie beer options

Miller 64 has minimal calories compared to other beers. Coming in at - you guessed it - 64 calories per beer, it’s a great choice for those who enjoy a beer without so many calories.

2. Vodka Water With Lime

75 calories per serving

Vodka water with a splash of lime only contains 75 calories per drink. Fill the glass with ice, put in one ounce of vodka, then squeeze the juice of a lime wedge over the vodka. To finish, top it with cold water and stir to combine. Want to make it taste like Sprite? Use soda water for some bubbles!

3. Champagne

90 calories per serving

Champagne happens to be fairly forgiving in the calorie department. One standard flute, which is about four ounces, contains only around 90 calories.

4. Michelob ULTRA

95 calories per serving

Although this isn’t the lowest-calorie beer out there, Michelob ULTRA can easily be found at any liquor store with a moderate amount of calories. With 95 calories per beer and only 2.6 carbs, you can safely enjoy a couple of drinks and leave behind all the guilt.

5. Rum and Diet Coke

96 calories per serving

If you’re craving a soda, grab a low-calorie rum and Diet Coke. Calorie-wise, all you have to count is the ounce of rum which is just 96 calories.

6. Budweiser Select

99 calories per serving

Don’t be fooled by the dark gold tones of Budweiser Select. This lager is light, and the calories prove it at just 99 calories per beer with an alcohol content of 4.3 percent.

7. Gin and Tonic

140 calories per servinghealthier gin and tonic

With Tonic containing around ten calories per ounce, it's the perfect accompaniment to a top-shelf gin which contains up to 140 calories.

8. Old Fashioned

154 calories per serving

An old fashioned is a fancy cocktail with a splash of bitters to add some flavor, a bit of sugar to add some sweetness, and of course, bourbon to make it a cocktail. It comes in at around 154 calories per drink. 

9. Amstel Light

95 calories per serving

Amstel Light only contains 95 calories per beer. With 35 percent fewer calories than the original, it’s a significant number, especially if you have more than one.

10. A Toned-Down Mojito

150 calories per serving

A sugarless mojito with extra lime can be a great alternative to one that’s packed with sugar. Expect around 150 calories per beverage.

11. Dirty Martini

220 calories per serving

Many bartenders serve martinis in larger glasses, so be aware that a four-ounce martini reaches around 220 calories. You can indulge with one, but maybe just stick to the one!

12. Busch Light

95 calories per serving

Busch Light is as easy on the wallet as it is on the waistline. A longer brewing process cuts 38 calories from the original Busch, meaning it comes in at 95 calories per beer.

13. Gimlet

185 calories per serving

If you enjoy gin, go with a classic gimlet. This drink contains sweetened lime juice and gin... and that's it! Skip the sweetened juice, and instead, add a small amount of simple syrup with fresh-squeezed lime to cut a few more calories.

The Bottom Line:

It's summertime! And with the summer season comes a whole lot of parties and get-togethers, temptation, and fun. When it comes to drinking, it's okay to indulge; just don't overdo it! Try some of these low-calorie alcoholic drink recipes at home, or order the above drinks when out and about so you can stay in control. Stick to the lists and feel more prepared, worrying a bit less about the empty calories consumed.

ordering drinks with friends

What's your favorite low-calorie alcoholic drink?
What healthy recipes will you make this summer?

Let us know in the comments below!

Is wine your drink of choice? There are many health benefits to drinking red wine in moderation. And with just 125 calories, you could have two! Read the red wine health benefits in the blog below:

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