When it’s time to unwind from a hectic day, you might be tempted to head to the nearest lounge for a cocktail. But, beware the hefty calories that are hidden in these usually sugary sweet libations. From refreshing Mojitos to the classic winter-favorite – the Hot Toddy, featured here are easy recipe modifications for creating 5 tasty low calorie cocktails that won’t kill your diet or pack on the pounds.
Low Calorie Cocktails
Even though the Mojito might conjure up visions of tropical destinations, it’s one of those cocktails that can be enjoyed year-round. To turn this into one of your favorite low calorie cocktails, use “half the simple syrup—or ditch it altogether. Mint, lime, and soda water are all naturally low-cal, a shot of rum is about 100 calories, and 2 tbsp. of sugar (half the normal serving) in the form of syrup is about 40 calories.” [Source: Glamour.com]
When you’re trimming the Christmas tree with twinkling lights, while listening to classic holiday tunes, it’s always fun to sip on a seasonal cocktail to put you in the spirit of the season. That’s why the traditional Hot Toddy is a natural beverage to whip up during these cold, wintry nights. “To save calories and fat, pour boiling hot water (or black tea) into a mug and add a half-shot of brandy, bourbon or whiskey, a tablespoon of honey and a tablespoon of lemon juice.” [Source: Oprah.com]
When you get together with friends for Sunday brunch, you might be inclined to indulge in a round of Mimosas. But these brunch-time cocktails can easily add to your waistline because of the high amount of sugar in the fruit juice. Instead of using real juice, opt for a low-cal substitute like Minute Maid Light, which contains a fraction the calories.
If Sex & The City is the most beloved TV show for stylish women, then the Cosmopolitan is the cocktail version of this timeless series. For a leaner version of this city-girl staple, “mix a lighter, 218-calorie, fab Cosmo by trading just a little liquor for club soda.” [Source: Health.com]
Rum & (Diet) Coke
If you love the taste of a classic Rum & Coke, but want to nix the unwanted calories, opt for white rum mixed with Diet Coke. This will cut the extra calories, and still give you the effervescent flavor you’re craving.
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