• 7 Low-Calorie Cocktails (You Need to Try)

    August 4, 2011

    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.


    White Sangria

    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.


    Cotton Candy

    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.

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    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.

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    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.


    SkinnyGirl Margarita

    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?

    P.S. Just in case you missed it, here are my tips for drinking in moderation and how to have a healthy happy hour!

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    Tanya Kadar August 12, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Thanks for this great article…they all sound delish…but had to comment to say I’ve discovered new totally sugar free, low calorie cocktails that are EVEN BETTER called SMARTINI. They’re made with Stevia (instead of splenda or agave) and they’re absolutely fantastic. The mixers come in a bunch of flavors…like Pomegranate, Margarita, Mojito and to-die-for Sweet Tea…ALL of them under 96 calories (and that’s WITH the alcohol!! The mixer itself has like one calorie per ounce!!) AND there’s a sugar free, CALORIE FREE Simple Syrup too…makes killer drinks with Pinnacle Vodka’s!! So if you’re looking for low calorie cocktails…or just want to avoid the sugars in normal cocktails…you GOTTA try Smartinis!


    Mark November 2, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    I have been using Voli Vodka in all my drinks recently and I think it’s a good alternative. It’s low cal and really smooth. They come in a couple flavors as well to help keep the taste interesting, and that makes so you don’t have to mix which is where more calories come from.


    Michael November 4, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    By the way check out this article for other low calorie cocktail drinks. http://bit.ly/vYb87w


    selenar December 2, 2011 at 11:34 am

    I love voli!! I have been using that ever since I came across it in sam’s clubs


    Lisa March 9, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    These all sound so delicious and I am going to try every one…well maybe not pina colada but all the rest. FYI…the link for the white sangria doesn’t work 🙁 I got to the malapolooza page and the error is from there. It looks so refreshing.


    Carol March 15, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Mojito’s without any sugar, or sugar substitutes is my go to beverage. I alternate lemon or lime, any white rum flavored or not, works great. Add fresh lemon or lime juice to ice cube tray when freezing to keep the dilution of flavor to a minimum. I also grow lemon balm to alternate with mint. Light and refreshing AND without the sugar, No headaches!!


    Z March 23, 2012 at 3:27 am


    Great idea! I don’t like sugar substitutes so I’m looking for other ways to enjoy a drinks


    Kesha May 8, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    can you provide the white sangria recipe? the link is busted.


    Leather May 23, 2012 at 1:00 am

    I love love love SkinnyGirl 5 cal Margarita Mix! Though i use it in lemon drop martinis just use it as you use sour mix yummm


    emma December 14, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    thats at the chebeague island inn!


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