I’m not one to pass up a cocktail, but I also don’t want to consume a ton of sugar or unnecessary calories. I realize that no cocktail is healthy for you, but if you’re going to have a drink or two, you can choose lower calorie options that are still delicious and sometimes even nutritious. Here are some of my favorite low-cal cocktails!
Skinny Piña Colada
You’ve seen this one before! The Skinny Piña Colada has nowhere near the fat and calories of a regular Piña Colada because I use coconut water instead of coconut cream and add just a splash of pineapple juice to make it.
I love this recipe for White Sangria and always recommend it to friends. It’s a crowd-pleaser and super easy to make— just toss all of the ingredients into a pitcher and you’re good to go. The recipe makes a huge batch, which is perfect for parties and other summer get-togethers.
Low-Cal John Daly
You may remember this cocktail from my recent visit to New York City. Theodora and I mixed Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka with Crystal Light Pure Lemonade and ice. Basically, you just pour 1-2 shots of Sweet Tea Vodka over ice and fill the rest of the glass with lemonade. You can also add a splash of iced tea if you like.
When I waitressed on Block Island, I used to drink these Cotton Candy cocktails on the job like it was my job. I haven’t had one in years, but asked the bartender at the Chebeauge Island Inn to make me one last weekend. It tasted just as delicious as I remembered!
This cocktail is made with vanilla-flavored vodka and seltzer water with a splash of pineapple juice and a squirt of grenadine. The grenadine is really sweet, so go easy on it at first and then add more if needed.
If you haven’t heard of Pinnacle Vodka yet, click over to their website and do some exploring. Their vodka flavors and recipes will blow your mind. Apparently, they have a cake-flavored vodka now!? I NEED to try it ASAP!
There’s probably a similar Creamsicle recipe on the Pinnacle Vodka website, but here’s how I make mine: pour approximately 1-2 shots of Pinnacle Whipped vodka over ice and then fill the glass with seltzer and a splash of orange juice.
This recipe is an oldie, but goodie! In a shaker, add ice, citrus-flavored vodka and a splash of grapefruit juice and pomegranate juice. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a slice of lime.
Obviously, I didn’t create the SkinnyGirl Margarita, but I just had to include it in this post. It’s really delicious and so much better than drinking that nasty sour mix.
Here’s Bethenny’s recipe:
- 2 oz of Clear Premium Tequila
- Tiny splash of Orange Liquor
- Juice of four Fresh Lime Wedges
- A splash of Grand Marnier or Triple Sec
Combine all ingredients over a glass of ice and garnish with a lime wedge.
What is your favorite cocktail?