7 Low-Calorie Cocktails (You Need to Try)

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 7 low-calorie cocktails (you need to try)!

7 Low-Calorie Cocktails (You Need to Try)

7 Low-Calorie Cocktails (You Need to Try)

Skinny Pina Colada

The Skinny Pina Colada has nowhere near the fat and calories of a regular Pina Colada because I use coconut water instead of coconut cream and add just a splash of pineapple juice to make it. A little bit of pineapple-seltzer or coconut-seltzer is a great addition as well! This is probably my favorite of the bunch included in these 7 low-calorie cocktails (you need to try)!


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. I typically throw in a bag of frozen berries to keep it nice and cold, but fresh fruit works too! Definitely put this one on your must-make list for summer as one of the 7 low-calorie cocktails (you need to try)!


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.


Zero Calorie 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.

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!

P.P.S. If you’re tracking macros, check out my FREE “When Macros Get Boozy” guide, which teaches you how to calculate alcohol macros. It also includes an alcohol “cheat sheet” and more low-calorie cocktails! 🙂

This post was originally published on August 4, 2011. It was updated on July 2, 2019 and republished. 


  1. Pinnacle also has a “Gummy” flavored vodka now, I just had it at Beantown Pub the other night – so good! The bottle has a Swedish fish on it 🙂

  2. Hi Tina!
    Thank you for this post! I love it and can’t wait to try them. I just posted my “skinny” marg recipe on my blog and I swear it’s way better than Bethenny’s (even though I love her :). It adds fresh orange and lemon. It’s worth a try! Can’t wait to make that Sangria…

  3. Now this is my kind of post! I am a HUGE fan of mixing vodka with Vitamin Water Zero, or low-calorie drink mix packets / water. The flavor is great and you save on the calories!
    I also recently tried UV Cake Vodka and it’s AMAZING. Buy a bottle. NOW!

  4. For when I head to The Spit on my friend’s boat: 4 oz. Mt. Gay Rum, 8 oz. coconut water, 8 oz. cherry lemonade from Whole Foods. Add ice when you get to the beach. Drink out of Nalgene bottle to throw off the cops patrolling the beach. Heavenly!

  5. I love this post! The creamsicle and cotton candy are going to be first tries for me.
    Has anyone tried the Crystal Light drink mixers? They have one for margaritas (fantastic, just add tequila and triple sec) and now one for mojitos (haven’t tried it, but so want to). Is it happy hour yet?

  6. I really don’t like many drinks like that — I tend to stick to something like rum or vodka with soda. Every once in a while I get a Long Island Iced Tea — and one is more than enough for me — 1 and I’m done.

  7. I am not much of a drinker – an occasional wine cooler (1 or 2 times a year!) but that Cotton Candy drink has got my attention – could I bother you with quantities of each item? Splash and squirt I get but how much of the vodka/seltzer – literally have never made a cocktail in my life and I am 45 years old!!! Anybody have input where to pick up the coconut water? Live in southern Illinois – have never noticed it before – what section of the store do I look?

  8. I usually don’t go for sugary drinks either, but when I am in the food for something girly and fun, I’ll go for a pina colada if I’m on a vacation or a fruity martini. I’ve been really loving lychee martinis! Cake-flavored vodka sounds dangerous…

  9. Yuuuum! The cotton candy one sounds amazing. I’m usually more of a Jack and ginger ale or Johnny Walker Black and coke girl, but I think I’ll stray to try a few of these recipes.

  10. Lately I’ve been digging the ‘skinny margarita’ which I order just tequila, triple sec, splash of soda water, and a lime… its tart and delicious!
    I lived and worked on block island for the past three summers, and just got back from a weekend trip out there! Some of the absolute best memories from those summers! Where did you waitress?!
    And we used to use those crystal light packets like no-one’s business to mix with drinks on the island. They were cheap and so easy… I sort of gag at them now because how much we used them haha!

  11. These sound great, thanks Tina. Not sure if you know, but I have a feature on my blog called “Cocktail Sunday” and each week, I’m trying to concoct or at least follow a good recipe for a fun cocktail. I’m going to bookmark this, and one of these may show up on my blog one weekend. I promise I’ll link back to you if that happens!! All the best.

  12. Now I am craving a nice cold drink 🙂 They all look so refreshing! I have tried that skinny margarita before and liked it! Love a good glass of wine and lately margaritas!

  13. Block island! Where did you work?! One of my favorite places on earth <3 used to spend my summers there on our boat

  14. I’m pretty sure I need to go drink all of them…um, NOW!! I’ve never heard of the cotton candy cocktail, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be loving on that, soon! One thing I really like is grapefruit vodka with diet gingerale. Also, I’m a fan of Diet Coke with vanilla vodka (reminds me of when they sold Vanilla Diet Coke!).

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