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What's a barbecue without an alcoholic beverage or two? Put out a pitcher of one our favorite low-cal libations at your next summer soiree. Your guests (and your waistline) will never miss the calorie-laden classics. (Not into alcohol? Buy your guests these healthy beverages.)

Skinny Sangria
Both red and white wine work in this recipe. Mix your favorite wine with diet lemon-lime soda, skip the sugar and add some fruit for sweetness. Choose fruits such as oranges, apples and berries or, for extra summery sangria, use peaches, grapes or pineapple. At about 100 calories a glass you can sip your sangria guilt free.

Margarita
It may be tempting to buy margarita mix, but resist the urge! At 325 calories a glass, it's worth the added effort of making your own. You'll save 200 calories per 8 ounces. Just mix a shot of tequila with half a shot of triple sec and fresh squeezed lime juice. Serve on the rocks or blended. Serving a big crowd? Buy bottled lime juice and garnish with a few fresh lime wedges.

Light beer
Weighing in at just 105 calories and 0 grams of sugar per 12 oz., light beer may be your best bet for a skinny summer drink. Not only do beer and burgers go hand in hand but, a recent study found that beer, including light versions, contains natural ingredients that help deposit calcium and other minerals into bone.

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Mojito This delicious Cuban cocktail—a blend of rum, mint leaves, lime juice, and club soda—sounds innocent, but once you add the sugar, the calorie count skyrockets. Swap sugar for a low- or no-calorie sweetener, like stevia to cut calories.

Low-calorie Hard Lemonade
Make your own hard lemonade by adding citrus vodka to lemonade. Use light or unsweetened lemonade, which adds only 5 calories and 0 grams of sugar per serving to the vodka. Traditional lemonade will pile on about 130 calories and 25 grams of sugar.
 

 

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