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20 Low-Calorie Cocktails That You Can Enjoy Guilt-Free

Cocktails can be delicious, but most are loaded with calories and sugar.

And drinking empty calories is an easy way to blow up your macros.

Start indulging on Thirsty Thursday continue straight through Sunday Night Football, and, well, good luck getting the body you really want.

Fortunately, that doesn’t mean you have to be a hermit.

If you skip the the corn syrup fishbowls you get at most bars, and toast with a healthier, lighter beverage instead, you can have the best of both worlds:

Delicious drinks that fit into your diet plans.

These 20 low-calorie cocktail recipes all come in at about 150 calories or less per serving, which means that anyone can “afford” at least a glass or two.

There are even options here for those of you that are cutting carbs.

Enjoy!

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Mango Sunrise

Serves 1

Often a tequila sunrise is made with a mix of orange juice, grenadine, and tequila. But the original recipe actually featured lime, as well as a blackcurrant liqueur called crème de cassis.

This low-calorie alcoholic punch meets somewhere in the middle with both lime and grenadine. It’s finished with a zero-calorie mixer: ICE sparkling mango lemonade.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

110

Calories

0 g

Protein

1 g

Carbs

0 g

Fat

Ingredients

6 Tbsp. sparkling mango lemonade

1 shot (3 Tbsp.) tequila

1 Tbsp. grenadine syrup (more or less to taste)

1 lemon slice

Sprig of fresh mint

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Skinny Margarita

Serves 1

For a healthy alcoholic drink, avoid the pre-bought mixers like frozen margarita mix. And if you want to reduce the amount of agave syrup in this low-cal cocktail recipe, either substitute stevia, or sweeten your margaritas with pureed fruit like mango, watermelon, or pineapple.

Garnish with a sprig of mint and a salt-rimmed glass, if that’s your style.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

158

Calories

1 g

Protein

17 g

Carbs

0 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 shot (3 Tbsp.) tequila

3 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice

1 Tbsp. freshly squeezed orange juice

1 Tbsp. water

2 tsp. agave nectar

Ice

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Raspberry Arnold Palmer

Serves 12

Just a little vodka is all it takes to make a grown-up Arnold Palmer. You can blend the cocktail depending on which one you prefer, iced tea or lemonade, and the level of sweetness you desire.

This recipe uses two parts pre-made lemonade to one part unsweetened iced tea, plus a little less than a shot per serving. Top with fresh raspberries or muddle them in the bottom of the glass for a summery drink.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

138

Calories

1 g

Protein

19 g

Carbs

1 g

Fat

Ingredients

4 cups unsweetened iced tea

8 cups lemonade

1/2 pint raspberries

12 oz. vodka (plain or berry)

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Cold-Pressed Gin & Juice Cocktails

Serves 1

If you want an easy cocktail that can’t be messed up, sipping on gin and juice is a good way to go. Maybe the convenience factor and versatility are why Snoop Dogg loves it so much.

And I wouldn’t be surprised if these days Snoop enjoys his drinks with cold-pressed juice, which uses thousands of pounds of pressure to ensure the maximum amount of nutrients is extracted.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

99

Calories

1 g

Protein

6 g

Carbs

0 g

Fat

Ingredients

2 Tbsp. gin

1/3 cup carrot-apple cold-pressed juice (or flavor of choice)

Ice

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Apple Cider Moscow Mule

Serves 1

One of the easiest vodka cocktails, the Moscow Mule, requires just ginger ale as a mixer.

Switch it up with a ginger-flavored vodka, and apple cider can take the place of some of the soda without sacrificing the crisp bite. To round out this fall cocktail, sprinkle on a simple garnish of ground cinnamon or pie spices.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

149

Calories

0 g

Protein

17 g

Carbs

0 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 shot (3 Tbsp.) ginger vodka (or regular vodka)

1/4 cup apple cider

1/4 cup ginger beer (more or less to taste)

Apple slices

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Green Juice Cocktail

Serves 3

You can enjoy this fresh blend of spinach, cucumber, ginger, and apple juice – and you don’t need a juicer. Blend it all up, and strain by hand for a homemade juice that’s flavorful and nutritious.

Then the green juice can be enjoyed as is, but if you want to spike it, go ahead and add a shot or gin or vodka.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

184

Calories

1 g

Protein

21 g

Carbs

0 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 cup cold water

1 grapefruit

2 large handfuls fresh spinach

1” fresh ginger roots, peeled

1/2 English cucumber (about 6”)

1 apple, core removed

3 shots (4 1/2 oz.) gin

Ice

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Whiskey Unwinder

Serves 1

Whiskey is often enjoyed plain on the rocks, or with a touch of soda like in a Jack & Coke. But that doesn’t mean full-bodied whiskey can’t be used for an amazing low-calorie cocktail too.

Since whiskey has rich, smoky flavor, you won’t need many mixers to make a great drink. This quick honey syrup is made by pouring three parts boiling water over one part honey. Stir to dissolve.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

95

Calories

0 g

Protein

6 g

Carbs

0 g

Fat

Ingredients

2 Tbsp. whiskey

2 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 Tbsp. honey syrup

3 Tbsp. tea, cooled to room temp.

Fresh orange slice, for garnish

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Peach Long Island Iced Tea

Serves 1

Since Long Island iced tea is basically a tall glass of booze mixed with more booze, it can add up to an absurd amount of calories. One serving can have top 750 calories if you aren’t careful.

This peach cocktail still has several kinds of heavy liquor: vodka, bourbon, rum, and schnapps. That’s diluted with club soda, and then a splash of zero-calorie peach tea flavoring leaves no question it’s a refreshing iced tea.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

161

Calories

0 g

Protein

0 g

Carbs

0 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 Tbsp. Peach Schnapps

2 Tbsp. vodka

1 Tbsp. bourbon

1 Tbsp. white rum

1 squirt Mio Peach Tea Water Enhancer

3/4 cup club soda

Ice

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French 75

Serves 1

The most popular champagne cocktail is a mimosa made with either orange or grapefruit juice. But if you really want to get your drink on – and with less sugar too – then try the French 75.

Just a squeeze of lemon is all you need for the citrus element, and then there’s gin for an extra-alcoholic champagne drink. To get this cocktail under 150 calories, replace the simple syrup with a few drops of liquid stevia.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

188

Calories

0 g

Protein

13 g

Carbs

0 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 Tbsp. simple syrup

2 Tbsp. gin

6 Tbsp. champagne

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Lambic Sangria

Serves 8

Spanish sangria is usually made with red or white wine. But this low-calorie version uses two kinds of beer for the base instead.

A raspberry-flavored Iambic works perfectly in this fruity punch, especially with a cup of fresh raspberries in the mix. Then add a light-flavored ale, some Lillet Blanc for both the sweet wine and earthy elements, and finish the beer sangria with fresh orange.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

143

Calories

1 g

Protein

19 g

Carbs

0 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 bottle (25 oz.) Framboise lambic, chilled

2 bottles (11.2 oz. each) Hoegaarden white ale, chilled

3/4 cup Lillet Blanc, chilled

6 oz. raspberries (about 1 cup)

1/2 medium orange, thinly sliced

Ice

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Mojito Wine Spritzer

Serves 1

Since a traditional mojito is made with rum and lots of sugar, it’s as far from a low-calorie cocktail as you can get. This bubbly wine cooler features the same flavors of mint and lime in an equally refreshing alcoholic drink, yet each one of these mojito spritzers has only 100 calories per glass.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

102

Calories

1 g

Protein

5 g

Carbs

0 g

Fat

Ingredients

1/2 cup white wine

1/2 cup seltzer (or club soda)

4 mint leaves

Juice of 1/2 lime

4 drops stevia (optional)

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Spicy Tequila Lemonade

Serves 1

For a low-calorie cocktail mixer, use coconut water. The electrolytes like calcium also make it a great way to rehydrate after a workout so you don’t have to choose between replenishing your body or relaxing with an alcoholic drink.

And when it comes to potassium, coconut water has five times more than most sports drinks. Where it’s lacking is in salt, so simply add a pinch to this cocktail if you need to recover after a sweaty training session.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

123

Calories

1 g

Protein

13 g

Carbs

0 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 Tbsp. tequila

6 Tbsp. coconut water

6 Tbsp. fresh lemonade

1/2 jalapeno, thinly sliced

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Cincinnati Cocktail

Serves 1

A pint of your favorite craft beer will go even further with this trick. Called a Cincinnati cocktail, making one just means mixing equal parts beer with unflavored soda water. That way you aren’t adding any sugar, just cutting the calories in half.

The actual macros will depend on the beer you’re drinking, of course. The estimated macros here are for a fairly high-calorie beer like an ale or lager. If you use this method with a light beer, that could slash the calories in half.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

102

Calories

1 g

Protein

8 g

Carbs

0 g

Fat

Ingredients

1/2 pint beer

1/2 pint soda water

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Melon Mint Granita

Serves 1

Since alcohol doesn’t freeze, it can actually be the secret ingredient to making a low-calorie frozen dessert. An icy granita can be made alcohol-free, but mixing in spirts like rum or vodka will help achieve the perfect slushy texture. If you don’t love watermelon, try this recipe with pineapple, strawberries, or peaches instead.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

146

Calories

1 g

Protein

12 g

Carbs

0 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 cup watermelon

5 leaves fresh mint

1 shot white rum

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Celery Cilantro Cocktail

Serves 1

This light, low-calorie vodka drink is perfect when you need to cool off in the summer. Instead of being made with frozen fruit, this warm-weather cocktail has veggies and herbs.

With savory flavors and crisp celery, this is a great alternative to sweet drinks. Make it low-sugar by using an alternate sweetener like monk fruit extract.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

135

Calories

0 g

Protein

20 g

Carbs

0 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 oz. Absolut Citron

3 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice

2 Tbsp. simple syrup (or 1 Tbsp. agave syrup + 1 Tbsp. water)

1/2 celery stalk (about 5”)

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

2 Tbsp. seltzer water

Ice

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Sazerac

Serves 1

This whiskey cocktail hails from New Orleans, also the home of Peychaud’s bitters. Although you wouldn’t want to drink them alone – as implied by the name – bitters are a kind of liquor infused with strong flavors like herbs and roots.

Most brands keep their particular blend secret, so be sure to get the right kind of the drink you’re mixing.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

114

Calories

0 g

Protein

4 g

Carbs

0 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 sugar cube (or 1/2 tsp. sugar)

1 shot (3 Tbsp.) rye whiskey (or bourbon)

2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters

1 dash Angostura bitters

Absinthe, to coat the glass

Twist of lemon, for garnish

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Cherry Tomato Bloody Mary Shooters

Serves 1

Turn this veggie cocktail into a brunch appetizer. To make shot glasses out of cherry tomatoes, carefully cut out the stem with a small paring knife.

Scoop out the middle without puncturing the bottom or sides, and then the bite-sized tomatoes can be turned into a tiny Bloody Mary cocktail.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

152

Calories

3 g

Protein

11 g

Carbs

0 g

Fat

Ingredients

12 cherry tomatoes, destemmed and deseeded

1 shot (3 Tbsp.) vodka

1 Tbsp. Bloody Mary mix

1 lime wedge

Horseradish to taste

Ice

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Skinny Strawberry Pina Colada

Serves 2

Craving a pina colada or strawberry daiquiri when the summer sun is shining? Combine the flavors of both frozen drinks in this amazing low-calorie cocktail.

This strawberry colada has a mix of dark rum and coconut-flavored Malibu. Put that in a blender with fresh fruit and coconut milk, add a handful of ice, and you’ve got everything you need to cool off with a frozen cocktail.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

153

Calories

1 g

Protein

13 g

Carbs

5 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 shot (3 Tbsp.) Malibu rum

1 shot (3 Tbsp.) dark rum

1 cup unsweetened coconut milk

1/2 cup frozen pineapple

1 cup frozen strawberries

1 cup ice

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Michelada con Camerones

Serves 1

For a low-calorie wine cocktail, use a mixer like sugar-free soda. Two ingredients are all it takes for this quick, cheater version of sparkling sangria. This easy wine cooler can be made with everything from ginger ale and lemon-lime soda to grapefruit or even orange Fanta.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

141

Calories

0 g

Protein

15 g

Carbs

0 g

Fat

Ingredients

1/2 cup red table wine

1/2 cup sparkling lemonade

Handful of ice

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Michelada con Camerones

Serves 4

A classic beer cocktail, the michelada is from Mexico. It’s kind of like a bloody Mary with clamato juice and Worcestershire. Only this has beer in place of the vodka.

You can enjoy a michelada by pouring half a beer in a glass, mixing in the other ingredients, and then continuing to top it off with the remainders of the bottle. And if you want to add booze to your beer, make it a michelada con tequila.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

139

Calories

10 g

Protein

11 g

Carbs

1 g

Fat

Ingredients

24 shrimp, peeled and cooked

2 1/2 cups clamato juice

1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice

1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

3/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1/4 tsp. salt

1 clove garlic

1/2 serrano chile, destemmed

4 bottles (about 12 oz. each) lager

Chile powder, for dusting

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