10 Classic Low-Calorie Cocktails
Classic Low-Calorie Cocktails
A vodka soda might be an easy go-to drink order at a bar—but, let's be honest...it's pretty basic. If you’re going to drink, shouldn't you *enjoy* your sip?
Fortunately, healthy, low-calorie cocktails are abundant. Don't believe it? There are even vegetable-infused cocktails, some bars serve up tea cocktails, and others use fresh fruit to amp up flavor. You can even find keto-friendly alcohol drinks.
But if you still aren't finding what you want, change up your drink order or whip up one of these healthy, low-calorie cocktails that don't sacrifice taste. Just watch out if you're out and about: A heavy-handed bartender may easily pour an extra 50 to 100 calories, says registered dietitian Dana White.
Make This: Blueberry Lemon Breeze
Using agave nectar in place of simple syrup "adds the perfect sweetness to a drink along with complexity of flavor" to this low-calorie cocktail, says mixologist Stephanie Ruhe. To make it, muddle together 10 blueberries and 3/4 ounce light agave nectar then add 1 1/2 ounces gin, 3/4 ounce lemon juice and shake for 20 seconds before you top with champagne. If you're feeling fancy, garnish it with blueberries on a cocktail stick (makes it look *even* healthier, right?)
Order This: Sidecar
This cocktail order is classic, sure, but it's also fairly low-calorie, clocking in just under 200 total calories. Make this orange-y lemon sip your go-to order next time you're out on the town (and forgo the sugar rim).
Make This: Gimlet
Two parts gin, 1 part lime juice (and a little bit of simple syrup if you want it), the recipe is pretty simple for this drink. All you have to do with this low-calorie cocktail is shake and strain.
Order This: Smoky Negroni
Apéritifs like The Negroni can sound like enough to make you swoon for lazy Italian evenings. The mix of gin, vermouth, Campari, and orange doesn't hurt either. Strong, natural flavors help to keep calories in check sans sugary ingredients. (Related: 10 Aperol Spritz Recipes for a Fun Twist On Summer's "It" Drink)
Make This: Manhattan
This classic low-calorie cocktail doesn't need much to make it sing. Just mix up 1 ounce sweet vermouth, 2 ounces rye whiskey, and 1 to 2 dashes Angostura bitters with a maraschino cherry and an orange twist for garnish.
Order This: Paloma
With grapefruit juice, lime juice, and seltzer, this Mexican staple infuses vitamins into your sip while also keeping calories low. Plus, it's *definitely* healthier than that big margarita you're eyeing. (Related: How to Make a Healthier Margarita with Fun Twists On Traditional Ingredients)
Make This: Martini
Impress any house guests by making your own martini. This low-calorie cocktail is ridiculously easy—just pour 2 ounces vodka and 3/4 ounces dry vermouth into a cocktail shaker with ice, shake, and strain into a glass. Olives, stuffed or otherwise, optional.
Order This: Old Fashioned
You can't go wrong with this on-the-rocks Bourbon staple that's strong in flavor but low in calories, too.
Make This: Piña Colada Cooler
An 8-ounce pina colada can pack in as much as 640 calories or more (if you order it from the beach bar, that is). But you can mix up a low-calorie version of the cocktail at home, too, says Carolyn O'Neil, R.D. Just pour 1 1/2 ounces coconut-flavored rum, 3 ounces pineapple juice, 4 ounces sparkling water, and 1 tablespoon of Coco Lopez Cream of Coconut Lite over ice, and stir, she says.