The invite’s arrived, the RSVP is in, and the party awaits. But if you prefer to indulge without overdoing the calories, you don’t have to resign yourself to a night of seltzer and lime if you still wish to have an adult beverage. There are plenty of delicious, low-calorie alcoholic drinks that can keep you feeling festive without derailing your health goals. Here are a selection of drinks you may wish to consider order one of at your next party:
1. Vodka Soda
The classic vodka soda is a go-to choice for those seeking a low-calorie option. It’s simple, refreshing, and easy to make. A shot of vodka combined with club soda and a squeeze of lime can keep the calorie count relatively low, usually around 96 calories for a 1.5-ounce shot of vodka.
2. Light Beer
If you’re a beer enthusiast, look for the “light” versions of your favorite brews. Light beers typically have fewer calories than their regular counterparts, with some coming in at around 90-110 calories per 12-ounce serving.
3. Wine Spritzer
Opting for a wine spritzer is an excellent way to enjoy your vino while cutting down on calories. Combine white or red wine with sparkling water for a refreshing, fizzy drink. A 5-ounce glass of wine typically has around 120 calories, but when you mix it with sparkling water, you can cut that in half.
4. Skinny Margarita
Margarita lovers, rejoice! You can still enjoy your favorite tequila-based cocktail without the guilt. A skinny margarita is made with tequila, fresh lime juice, and a splash of triple sec or orange liqueur. Skip the sugary syrups and pre-made mixes to keep it light. A standard 1.5-ounce shot of tequila has approximately 96 calories.
Mojitos are known for their refreshing minty flavor, and you can enjoy one without overloading on calories. A typical mojito combines white rum, fresh lime juice, mint leaves, and a touch of simple syrup. You can control the sweetness by using less syrup or opting for a sugar substitute, keeping the calorie count around 100-140 calories.
6. Gin and Tonic
Gin and tonic is a classic cocktail that doesn’t have to be high in calories. A 1.5-ounce shot of gin contains about 96 calories, and when mixed with diet tonic water, you’ll save even more calories compared to regular tonic water. Add a splash of fresh lime or lemon juice for extra flavor.
7. Rum and Diet Coke
For fans of dark spirits, a rum and diet cola can be a lower-calorie alternative. A 1.5-ounce shot of rum contains approximately 96 calories, and when mixed with diet cola, you’ll keep the calorie count minimal.
8. Sparkling Wine
If you’re a fan of bubbly, sparkling wine or champagne can be an excellent choice. A 4-ounce glass of sparkling wine has around 90-100 calories. Sip it slowly and savor the effervescence.
9. Skinny Beer Margarita
Combine light beer with fresh lime juice and a shot of tequila for a lighter twist on the classic margarita. It’s a flavorful and fun option with fewer calories than a full-strength margarita.
10. Infused Water with a Splash
When all else fails, don’t underestimate the power of infused water with a dash of your preferred spirit. Infused water is hydrating, refreshing, and virtually calorie-free. Add a splash of vodka, gin, or rum for a subtle twist.
As you navigate your next party, remember to drink only in moderation. While these low-calorie alcoholic drinks can help you enjoy the festivities without overindulging in calories, be mindful of your alcohol consumption, and always drink responsibly. Cheers to a healthier, happier party season!