Tonight is the unofficial kickoff for Halloween, and I’ll be trading in the candy for cocktails. And with these low-cal libations, I don’t feel bad about my choice at all. Once you see how these tasty concoctions stack up to your Halloween faves, you’ll want to leave the sweets to the kids too.
126 calories, 19.3 grams sugar
Or you could have two fun-sized 3 Musketeers for 126 calories, 20 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of fat versus no fat for the cocktail.
3 ripe strawberries, hulled, plus one for garnish
1 ounce lemon juice
2 teaspoons sugar (or 1 ounce simple syrup)
1 1/2 ounces Vampyre Vodka, red
Splash of club soda
In a cocktail shaker, muddle strawberries with lemon juice and sugar. Add vodka and about a cup of ice and shake vigorously. Pour contents into a Collins glass or goblet. Top with club soda and stir. Garnish with strawberry and serve.
Variation taken from 101 Mojitos & Other Muddled Drinks by Kim Haasarud
The Creepy Crawler
149 calories, 6 grams sugar
Or you could pop 20 pieces of candy corn for 150 calories and a whopping 28 grams of sugar.
2 ounces SKYY Infusions Blood Orange
1/2 ounce of orange juice
1/2 ounce of pineapple juice
1 teaspoon of passion fruit syrup
Dried hibiscus flower, for garnish
Shake first three ingredients together in a shaker and pour into a low-ball glass filled with ice. Top passion fruit syrup and hibiscus.
Created by Rael Petit of Mulberry Project
Sweet and Spooky Creamsicle
65 calories, 0 grams sugar
Or eat a measly three Starbursts for 61 calories and 8.6 grams of sugar
1 ounce vanilla flavored vodka
4 ounces Orange Mango Sparkling ICE
Optional garnishes: 5 pieces candy corn (adds 35 calories), 1 rock candy (adds 50 calories)
Combine vodka and Sparkling ICE in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Serve with candy corn and rock candy swizzle stick.
As an editor at SHAPE I have the chance to learn about the healthiest ways to cook, eat, and live from all sorts of experts but I’m also a single girl living in NYC with a busy schedule, active social life, and chocolate cravings. I’m here to share what works for me—and where I need a little help from you.