5 Tasty Low Calorie Cocktails

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.

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Low Calorie Cocktails

Mojito

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]

Hot Toddy

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]

Mimosa

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.

Cosmopolitan

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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