Low-Cal Cocktail Recipes for St. Patrick's Day
14 festive bevvies that you can drink and still shrink!
St. Patrick's Day is one of the booziest holidays of the year, often serving as an excuse for people to indulge in high-calorie, sugar-packed cocktails at their local watering holes. Try something new this year and craft one of these 14 low-calorie drinks at home. Each green-themed bevvie is festive enough for St. Paddy's Day but suitably healthy for diet-conscious drinkers.
Spearmint Vodka Cooler
83 calories, 10 grams sugar
Indulge in this vodka cooler without feeling the slightest bit guilty. The refreshing cocktail is infused with cool minty flavor, thanks to organic spearmint tea, and each serving clocks in just 83 calories.
6 spoonfuls Spearmint Tea by DAVIDsTEA
2 1/2 c. water
1/2 c. vodka
1/4 c. lime juice
1/4 c. agave nectar
Pour boiling water over tea and infuse 4-7 minutes. Strain tea and pour into a pitcher filled with ice. Stir in vodka, lime juice, and agave nectar. Garnish glasses with mint sprigs and lime wedges.
Makes 6 servings.
92 calories, 1 gram sugar
While plenty of bars will serve sugar-loaded margaritas during happy hour, you can whip up a healthier version at home with this simple recipe. Plus, the color will definitely put you in a festive mood!
2 parts refine Margarita Mix
1 part tequila
Mix 2 oz. refine Margarita Mix and 1 oz. tequila. Shake and strain, pour into ice-filled, salt-rimmed glass, and garnish with a lime.
Green Iced Tea
128 calories, 1 gram sugar
Created by James Labe, this tea-based concoction will help you and your friends celebrate St. Paddy's Day like the Irish prefer without costing you too many calories. Bottoms up!
1 Numi Decaf Ginger Lemon tea bag
3 oz. fresh cucumber juice
1 1/2 oz. tequila
Splash of lemon juice
Infuse one tea bag in tequila for 30 minutes, then remove bag, squeezing out excess. Combine and stir ingredients. Serve on the rocks. Garnish with lime wedge.
Minty Peach Martini
130 calories, 10 grams sugar
Skip the green-colored beer this year and try crafting this low-cal martini created by The Cocktail Guru Jonathan Pogash. Fresh lemon juice and peach-flavored vodka lends the drink a fresh, fruity boost.
1 1/2 oz. Van Gogh Cool Peach Vodka
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. agave nectar
8-10 mint leaves
Add ingredients to a mixing glass with ice and shake very well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with mint sprig.
Get Lucky Margarita
67 calories, 10 grams sugar
Another take on the healthy margarita, this yummy cocktail has shockingly few calories. A little sweet and a lot boozy, the St. Paddy's Day-themed drink is enhanced by a splash of freshly squeezed lime.
3 oz. Kiwi Strawberry Sparkling ICE
1 oz. tequila
Splash of triple sec
Fresh squeezed lime
Shake and pour into a chilled rocks glass rimmed in salt.
111 calories, 7.3 grams sugar
This is the easiest St. Patrick's Day cocktail you'll ever make. All you have to do is pour VnC's Mojito into a glass and serve! Comprised of premium New Zealand vodka, mint, and lime juice, the all-natural bevvie comes ready to serve but tastes like it was made by a professional mixologist.
Pour into a glass.
84 calories, 0 grams sugar
This tasty bevvy is even better than finding a pot ‘o gold on St. Patrick's Day. Thanks to a low-cal mojito mix, you get a guilt-free drink potent enough to get you tipsy without toppling your daily calorie intake!
1 part vodka
2 parts refine Mojito Mix
Splash of club soda
2 tsp. muddled cucumber
Mix 2 oz. vodka and 1 oz. refined Mojito Mix. Shake and strain into glass, then splash with club soda and garnish with lime. For an added fresh taste, muddle 3-4 slices of cucumber and pour into glass.
185 calories, 20-25 grams sugar
Greystone Manor Supperclub, a hot new nightclub in Los Angeles, crafted a delectable drink in honor of the holiday. But watch out: This blend of freshly squeezed juices and orange vodka gets an extra spicy kick from a slice of jalapeno!
2 oz. Grey Goose Orange Vodka
3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
3/4 oz. simple syrup
1/2 oz. orange juice
Muddle 1 jalepeno in a mixing glass, then add juices and vodka. Fill mixing glass with ice; shake and serve up in a sugar-rimmed martini glass.
150 calories, 8 grams sugar
Sure, this beverage looks fancy, but it's a snap to make! Plus, it's only fitting to celebrate St. Patrick's Day by mixing up a drink with Jameson Irish Whiskey courtesy of Renaissance Hotels.
1 1/2 oz. Jameson Irish Whiskey
3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz. fresh orange juice
1/2 oz. simple syrup
Orange flag (made with orange wheel and Luxardo Maraschino cherry)
Measure Jameson Irish Whiskey, lemon juice, orange juice, and simple syrup into mixing glass. Add ice, close with Boston Shaker, and shake vigorously 20-30 times. Mound ice in rocks glass. Using a Hawthorne Strainer, strain drink into rocks glass. Garnish with orange flag.
149 calories, 13.5 grams sugar
No St. Patrick's Day party is complete without a shamrock shot among friends. Melon liquor infuses each one of these lower-calorie libations with flavor and a festive green hue.
2 oz. VuQo Vodka
1 oz. DeKuyper® Melon Liqueur
Splash of lemon lime soda
Combine in cocktail shaker with ice, shake, pour and serve.
105 calories, 6.41 grams sugar
This boozy bevvie hovers at just about 100 calories, allowing you to drink and still shrink! Plus, the addition of green-colored fruit like kiwi and grapes makes it perfectly appropriate for the holiday.
2 oz. TY KU Liqueur
1 oz. Fresca
Muddled kiwi (1 slice)
Green grapes (1 grape)
Lemon (1 slice)
Stir TY KU Liqueur and Fresca together in glass, muddle kiwi in liquid, add sliced green grape, top with squeeze of lemon, and serve.
Kiss Me, I'm Irish
206 calories, 4.5 grams sugar
This lucky, low-cal cocktail gets its bright green color from melon liquor and its refreshing taste from sparkling wine. Every bubbly sip is worth the 206 calories this drink will cost you.
2 1/2 oz. VOGA Sparkling
1 oz. Midori Melon Liquor
1 oz. vodka
1 1/2 oz. lemonade
In a shaker, combine ice, VOGA Sparkling, vodka, and lemonade. Stir gently and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Midori's Shiny Shamrock
144 calories, 4 grams sugar
Clocking in at an impressive 144 calories with only 4 grams of sugar, this drink is your best bet if you're looking for something sweet to swig. As a bonus, it only calls for two simple ingredients.
1/2 oz. Midori Melon Liqueur
Pour Midori into a champagne flute, top with champagne.
88 calories, 4 grams sugar
Natural sparkling water (with zero carbs and calories) helps keep this invigorating cocktail light while lemon and cranberry juice give it plenty of zesty flavor.
4 oz. Kiwi Strawberry Sparkling ICE
1 oz. Stoli Vodka
Splash of fresh squeezed lemon
Splash of white cranberry juice
Stir gently and serve in a chilled champagne flute. Garnish with a slice of kiwi.