Delicious & Guilt Free Low Calorie Alcoholic Drink Recipes

by Tory McBroom

Getting together with friends and having a few (sometimes more) drinks is a great way to relax and have some fun.  It’s also a great way to take in thousands of extra calories.

It’s possible, however, to have a guilt free night of drinking by making some healthy drink choices and even making your own low calorie mixed drinks & cocktails.

First of all, merely choosing one drink over another can literally save you hundreds, if not thousands of calories depending on how much you drink.  For example, a Long Island Iced Tea can have upwards of 700 calories, but if you were to replace that with a Cosmopolitan, which only has 150 calories, you could easily cut out 550 calories with one just one drink.

Replace your Pina Colada (625 calories) and your Margarita (500 calories) with a Mojito (160 calories) or a Bloody Mary (150 calories).  If you typically have two or more drinks in a night it’s easy to see how many calories you could potentially cut out just by making a simple switch.

low calorie alcoholic drinksThe best way to control the amount of calories in your mixed drinks is to prepare them yourself. This way you know exactly what’s going in the drink. I would recommend checking out Hungry Girl Happy Hour: 75 Recipes for Amazingly Fantastic Guilt-Free Cocktails and Party Foods for some delicious, low calorie recipes.  You and you’re friends won’t even realize the drinks are low in calories and they will immediately be impressed by your newly found drink making skills!

Low Calorie Alcoholic Drinks

Island Limeade

Servings: 4 servings
Calories per serving: 182

Ingredients:
3
cups boiling water
1/3-1/2
cup sugar (or no calorie sweetener)
1 1/4
cups lime juice
Rum

Preparation
1.
Combine boiling water and sugar to taste. Stir until the sugar dissolves; chill. Add the lime juice to make limeade. Fill 4 tall glasses with ice and pour desired amount of rum in the glasses. Top with the limeade. Use no calorie sweetener for an even lighter drink.

White Sangria

Servings: 6 servings, 1 cup each
Calories per serving:
198

Ingredients
1 1/2
cups mixed colorful bite-size melon pieces, such as cantaloupe, honeydew, Ogen or Charentais
1/3
cup sugar
1
750-ml bottle white wine
1/4
cup brandy
2
tbsp orange-flavored liquor
3/4
cup sparkling water
Ice cubes

Preparation
1.
Stir melon and sugar together in a large pitcher. Let stand for 15 to 30 minutes.

2. Just before serving, stir wine, brandy, orange liquor and sparkling water into the pitcher. Add ice cubes to 6 glasses. Fill the glasses with the sangria, spooning some of the fruit into each glass. Garnish each drink with a slice of lime.

Mojito Fresco

Servings: 8
Calories per serving
: 95

Ingredients
2
limes, sliced
2
cups water
2/3
cup sugar (or no calorie sweetener)
1/4 to 1/2
cup rum
1/2
cup fresh mint leaves
Ice cubes

Preparation
1.
In a blender combine lime pieces, water, and sugar (or no calorie sweetener). Cover and blend about 30 seconds or until limes are chopped; do not puree. Strain through a sieve into a large pitcher. Mix in 2 cups additional water. Cover and chill for an hour.

2. Stir rum into lime mixture. Moisten the rims of 8 glasses with the reserved lime piece; dip rims in sugar. Divide mint among glasses. Use a wooden spoon to press mint into the bottom of each glass; press firmly to release flavor. Fill glasses with ice cubes. Pour chilled lime mixture over ice and mint leaves. Add mint leaves.

Golden Sparklers

Servings: 20 – .5 cup servings
Calories per serving:
68

Ingredients
12
thin lemon wedges
3
cups orange juice, chilled
3
cups apricot nectar, chilled
2
cups ice cubes
1
750-milliliter bottle champagne or sparkling white wine

Preparation
1.
Place a thin wedge of lemon in each compartment of an ice cube tray, with one end of the wedge extending above the tray. Fill tray with water and freeze for 2 hours or until firm.

2. Pour orange juice and apricot nectar over ice in a large pitcher or punch bowl. Add champagne or sparkling water, stirring gently. Place the premade ice cubes in each champagne glass or punch cup. Pour over ice.

Hot Pomegranate Toddy

Servings: 12 – 6oz servings
Calories per serving:
123

Ingredients
6
cups pomegranate juice
2
cups water
1/2
cup sugar
3
1-inch-long lemon peels
1/4
cup lemon juice
3
inches stick cinnamon
1
tspn whole cloves
Brandy or rum

Preparation
1.
In a saucepan combine pomegranate juice, water, sugar, and lemon juice.

2. Create the spice bag cutting a 6-inch square of 100%-cotton cheesecloth. Place lemon peel, cinnamon, and cloves in center of cheesecloth square. Tie the cloth closed. Add spice bag to saucepan. Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

3. Discard spice bag. Stir desired amount of brandy or rum into pomegranate juice mixture. Transfer to a heatproof serving pot

And don’t forget to pick up your very own copy of Hungry Girl Happy Hour: 75 Recipes for Amazingly Fantastic Guilt-Free Cocktails and Party Foods for even more recipes! Have fun and drink responsibly!

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9 comments… read them below or add one

Kelly June 16, 2010 at 10:42 am

I’ve personally had the Sangria…very yummy!

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Tory McBroom June 16, 2010 at 11:53 am

I made the Island Limeade over Memorial Day Weekend and everybody loved them! I’ll have to try the Sangria sometime.

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vanessa January 3, 2011 at 6:24 pm

great stuff. another low cal twist on the mojito you might like to try!

SUPERFRUIT MOJITO
2 oz TY KU Liqueur, Fresh Mint,
Squeeze of Lemon/Lime/Orange, Splash of Diet Citrus Soda

cheers!
Vanessa

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Tory McBroom January 3, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Thanks Vanessa. I’ve never had Ty Ku before. I’ll have to try it out!

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jesse February 4, 2011 at 1:16 am

we tried the Island limeade over the weekend here in Cali and it was a hit at our party!!! Vanessa and Tory, i have tried TY KU and its absolutely delicious. very popular here in CA and i hear its pretty healthy. … i think im going to try the liqueur with the limeade for superbowl this weekend..ill let you know how goes thanks! this is a great site

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Tory McBroom February 4, 2011 at 5:21 am

Great to hear that Jesse! Have fun at your superbowl party!

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Jennie April 22, 2011 at 4:48 pm

These all sound so delicious! But if you made them with Voli Light Vodkas instead of regular vodka you can save up to another 40% in calories!!!

Cheers!!! :)

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Lauren June 14, 2011 at 11:26 am

So sad there were no vodka recipes! I too am a Voli fan, Jennie. Try this one for spiked pink lemonade…great for summer!

2oz Voli Lemon (106 cals)
1oz lemon juice
1 sweetner
Splash of club soda
Splash of diet cranberry juice

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Sarah June 28, 2011 at 10:23 am

Great tips! These sound amazing! I make sure that I always have Voli Vodka around whenever I want a healthy cocktail…it has a lot less cals than other vodkas and tastes amazing. Plus, it has electrolytes :) I usually order it online which is super convenient, and it makes for the perfect summer drink!

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