11 Low Calorie Alcoholic Drinks That Actually Taste Great

Korin Miller
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The holiday season is practically synonymous with parties. There’s the holiday office party, friends’ bashes, holiday happy hours … in other words, it’s prime drinking season. Unfortunately, all of those extra cocktails can add up in the calorie count—just one regular margarita contains 455 calories! (And when’s the last time you had just one at a party?) That’s why it’s so important to opt for low calorie alcoholic drinks whenever possible.

To help you save calories this holiday season, we consulted top dietitians and cocktail gurus for the best cocktail options you should reach for. There’s a drink for every occasion—whether you’re at a party, or just kicking back at home.

Low-Calorie Coconut Margarita
(80 calories)

Pour coconut tequila over ice in a rocks glass, add a splash of coconut water, and squeeze a lime wedge over top.

Wine Spritzer
(30 calories)

Mix ¼ wine and ¾ seltzer water to save on calories and to help avoid a hangover the next day.

Fruit Cup Cocktails
(154 calories)

Add light vodka to Dole frozen fruit cups for an icy single-serve drink with a fruity kick.

Vodka Gimlet
(60 calories)

2 oz light vodka
juice of 1 lime
2 packets powdered stevia

Shake the ingredients with ice, then strain into martini glass or over ice into rocks glass.

Low-Calorie Sangria
(82 calories per serving)

1 bottle dry white wine
9 ounces low-calorie lemon vodka
2 cups peach iced tea
18 oz of frozen blueberries
18 oz of frozen strawberries

Mix all the ingredients together and serve over ice.

Vodka and Kombucha
(68 calories)

Mix low-calorie vodka with ginger kombucha and serve over ice or in a martini glass.

Low-Calorie Mojito
(50 calories)

Mix rum, a few torn mint leaves, two to three lime wedges, and a splash of agave nectar in a rocks glass with ice. Top the mixture with soda water.

Pineapple Lemon Cocktail
(98 calories per serving)

3 oz frozen pineapple
1 ounce low-calorie lemon vodka
2 ounces lemon lime sparkling water
juice from one lemon and one lime wedge

Stir the first three ingredients together and top with a lemon and lime wedge.

Vodka and Soda Water
(64 calories)

Add a squeeze of lemon or lime to your vodka and soda water for a citrusy finish. Want to go even lighter? Opt for a low-cal vodka.

Sriracha Bloody Mary
(80 calories)

Mix Powell & Mahoney organic Sriracha bloody Mary mix with low-calorie vodka. Top with a celery stalk.

The Ghost
(102 calories)

Mix one part vodka and four parts OJ with ice. Pour it into a flute and slowly add five parts of a sparkling wine or cava like Freixenet.

Sources: Registered dietitian Lauren Slayton, founder of FoodTrainers.com; organic chef Ariane Resnick; registered dietitian Shari Portnoy; BevMo! cocktail expert Jordan Catapano

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