10 Cocktails with 150 Calories or Less

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If you're planning to celebrate the weekend with a drink, watch out: Many popular cocktails contain more calories than a cheeseburger! To celebrate without adding to your weight, try one of these low calorie cocktails.






Cosmopolitan Lite: 75 calories, 0 g fat
The ladies on "Sex and the City" popularized this typically-220-calorie cocktail. Lighten it up by squeezing a wedge each of lime and orange into 1 oz of cranberry flavored vodka. Top with club soda and serve on the rocks.



World's Easiest Cocktail: 75 calories, 0 g fat
And the easiest way to slim down your cocktail order? Ask for a flavored vodka or rum with club soda and a twist of lime on the rocks.



Morning Mimosa: 75 calories, 0 g fat
This classic of 1 oz. orange juice and 3 oz. champagne is the perfect drink for a New Year's brunch.





Mini Margarita: 80 calories, 0 g fat
Margaritas often come in glasses so big and are made from presweetened bases so sweet that they top 470 calories per cup. Make your own mini margarita: Squeeze a couple of lime and orange wedges into a glass. Add 1 oz of tequila and a splash of sweet and sour mix (optional). Either blend with ice cubes or serve on the rocks.
Poinsettia: 90 calories, 0 g fat
A holiday drink of 1/4 shot triple sec, a dash cranberry juice, and 3 oz champagne is light and cheery!





Basic Bellini: 105 calories, 0 g fat
This popular sparkling cocktail is easy to make: Blend 2 oz white-peach puree with 4 oz Prosecco to enjoy this low-cal Italian favorite!



Real Strawberry Daiquiri: 135 calories, 0 g fat
Commercial versions of daiquiri mix contain very little fruit but are heavy on corn syrup and other sweeteners, weighing this "fruity" drink down with 350 calories.  Instead, puree 1 cup of strawberries in a blender with 1 oz. light rum and a handful of ice cubes and a sprinkle of sugar.

Nada colada: 140 calories, 0 g fat
"If you like pina coladas"… you're not alone. These tropical cocktails are the perfect mix of creamy coconut and sweet pineapple, along with enough rum to let you forget how many calories you're consuming: a whopping 700 in a 12-oz drink. Instead, mix 1 oz. coconut rum with 4 oz pineapple juice, then top with a splash of club soda. Serve over ice.

New Cosmopolitan: 140 calories, 0 g fat
Or sip on 4 oz of cranberry juice and 1 oz vodka, a splash of OJ and a squeeze of lime topped with club soda for a cocktail that would bring a smile to the faces of Carrie, Miranda and all their friends.


Spiced cider with rum: 150 calories, 0 g fat
Warm up in the winter months with this seasonal favorite. For a single serving, heat 6 oz. apple cider with a whole clove, cinnamon stick and dash of nutmeg over medium-high heat. Reduce to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain to remove clove and cinnamon stick (optional). Pour 1 oz (2 Tbsp) rum into a mug and pour cider on top.
 
Get even more tips to slim down your favorite mixed drinks and make smart alcohol choices. For everyone's health and safety, drink responsibly on New Year's Eve and don't forget to designate a sober driver or call a taxi if you imbibe.
 
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Additional research and reporting provided by Stepfanie Romine.

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  • JHENRY9
    55


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    - 2/22/2017   9:47:13 AM
  • ALILDUCKLING
    54
    Interesting, but I don't drink alcoholic beverages. - 11/11/2016   9:47:10 PM
  • 53
    How would a Bloody Mary or Bloody Ceasar stack up? Vodka, tomato juice, occasionally other vegetables in the mix. Massive hit of salt unless you're dealing with a low-sodium tomato juice, but not all that bad calorie-wise. - 10/12/2015   3:03:19 PM
  • 52
    It's not just the calories but the carbs/sugar to look out for also. Scotch on the rocks is my solution. :) - 7/17/2015   1:52:44 PM
  • SIRISHAFD
    51
    Good info, they all sound great. - 4/22/2015   2:17:46 AM
  • 50
    I keep my cocktails suger-free by carrying a small bottle of flavored stevia in my purse when I go out to drink. I order Vodka on the rocks and 2-3 drops of grape or orange stevia. - 3/7/2015   10:42:47 AM
  • LCERTUCHE
    49
    I like wine spritzer's. A little wine with a lot of club soda. - 3/7/2015   10:19:42 AM
  • 48
    good info thanks - 1/22/2015   10:54:01 AM
  • 47
    they all sound great - 9/11/2014   6:09:25 PM
  • 46
    I created a new summer drink, blend 1 frozen banana 1 cup almond milk (vanilla unsweetened) and 1 tablespoon rum.... YUM at 199 calories it is a GREAT dessert/drink:) - 5/28/2014   8:17:58 AM
  • 45
    mmmmm Summer drinks - 4/17/2014   3:35:53 PM
  • DELLMEL
    44
    Thanks - 12/28/2013   12:17:13 AM
  • GFHUNT2
    43
    I asked the bar tender at the tiki bar in Hawaii for a tropical drink that wasn't sweet and got what she called a G-String: a shot of vodka, club soda, a splash of guava juice and a lime, topped with a chunk of pineapple and a live flower. It was delicious and looked like a real tropical delight! - 12/3/2013   5:08:27 PM
  • 42
    These sound delicious! I can't wait to make the New Cosmo! - 12/3/2013   7:48:45 AM
  • 41
    These look great! - 11/23/2013   5:20:10 PM
  • 40
    For years, i have been doing bacardi limon with water and some lemon. It's like lemon water with a twist. Super tasty, good for summer cookouts since you automatically consume water. But be careful, they go down like water, so pace yourself :) - 11/23/2013   2:01:08 PM
  • JRTITTLE
    39
    Yummy! Thanks for sharing! - 11/23/2013   11:05:37 AM
  • 38
    I make my own wine coolers with half red wine (great antioxident), half diet tonic water, and a generous squeeze of lime. It's also a great way to great rid of wine that isn't good enough to drink by itself. - 11/23/2013   11:01:19 AM
  • 37
    My favorite cocktail is a shot of cucumber lime vodka, ice, seltzer and lime wedge!
    Sometimes I use just plain water instead of seltzer and it's just as good! - 10/17/2013   4:46:33 PM
  • JJONES838
    36
    great ideas for slimming down drinks, Thanks - 4/30/2013   7:31:20 PM
  • JGMARIE80
    35
    When it comes to cocktails, I don't mind the calories. I love strawberry daiquiris . I only drink on special occasions. - 4/9/2013   9:56:44 PM
  • 34
    These are awesome ideas, and will help to make my summer afternoons both enjoyable and guilt-free. Thank you for posting this! :) - 4/3/2013   2:06:46 PM
  • BYRNANA
    33
    These are great if you are making drinks at home, but only one that you can realistically order at a bar. - 3/8/2013   4:59:25 PM
  • 32
    I had no idea my favorite drinks were so high in calories. I will definitely try some of these! Thanks! - 3/1/2013   2:36:33 AM
  • CHAPMAKR
    31
    I take Mio or a tiny packet of sugar free water flavoring and add it to a shot of vodka and water over ice....all you have is the small calories from the vodka and it takes great! - 2/14/2013   6:35:26 AM
  • LUNELA
    30
    Great idea to make this! It will be useful if I ever go out drinking or drink from home. My only concern is alcohol is empty calories almost, and by that I mean, "I am wasting my calories on drinking when I can be eating a salad." but thank you for this list! :) Very useful! - 1/24/2013   7:02:09 AM
  • 29
    I just could not justify any drinking while I am trying to loose weight.
    There is no way that I actually need it .... I haven't missed it so far. - 12/27/2012   6:50:23 PM
  • TIPPIMITCHELL
    28
    "...or fewer", not "less". You can count the calories, then it's fewer--not less. - 12/27/2012   5:44:16 PM
  • 27
    Glass of red wine. Chase with many glasses sparkling water. - 12/27/2012   4:56:51 PM
  • 26
    Can you substitute sparkling mineral water for club soda? - 12/27/2012   1:29:10 PM
  • 25
    They also have diet cranberry juice, that is about 5 calories... we use it all of the time.
    - 12/27/2012   11:41:50 AM
  • 24
    Lemon Drop Martinis are my fave. 150 calories or so. - 12/27/2012   12:08:53 AM
  • 23
    There is a margarita mix with less calories now. - 12/26/2012   11:36:54 PM
  • MARILYNBSL
    22
    Never drink alcohol. - 12/26/2012   6:35:33 PM
  • 21
    Ah, so the key to a lighter mimosa is less oj and more bubbly. I can do that! - 12/26/2012   4:10:53 PM
  • MADETOHEAL13
    20
    I wish there were some whiskey suggestions....other than water! LOL!!!
    - 12/26/2012   4:04:03 PM
  • 19
    I like cranberry wine. - 1/13/2012   9:43:52 AM
  • TAMIKATNL
    18
    Great, I was actually going to do 30 days no alcohol, will try the new cosmo alternative if I do happy hour and can't fight the urge.....Thanks! - 1/5/2012   7:21:34 PM
  • 17
    I guess I am lucky because I almost never drink. Just cuz I don't like it. But the high calorie thing I love is egg nog... - 1/4/2012   12:55:51 PM
  • SEPTLEFTY
    16
    Very good, im going to try it. - 12/30/2011   9:00:16 PM
  • 15
    Love the suggestions! Thanks! - 12/30/2011   9:21:05 AM
  • 14
    Happy 2012 New Year. - 12/30/2011   12:09:53 AM
  • JENNYROBINETT
    13
    Great suggestions! - 12/29/2011   1:58:01 PM
  • 12
    Nada Colada sounds yummy! Thanks - 12/29/2011   8:28:19 AM
  • 11
    Thanks for the info on the cocktails. However, I can't just count calories or carbs. I have to look at the sugar content. Cocktails, regardless of calories and fat, are out for me as all alcohol has a high sugar content. It's easy to forget that, since we have all been raised counting calories at some point. While sugar is calories, there are good calories and bad calories and sugar is usually a bad calorie. I need to concentrate on the good calories for pure fuel. - 12/29/2011   8:07:11 AM
  • 123ELAINE456
    10
    I will after try some of these drinks. Thanks. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Happy New Years. - 12/29/2011   7:42:47 AM
  • CHICA_BORICUA
    9
    I'll drink all of them minus the nada colada, I love the real stuff Pina colada! - 12/29/2011   7:27:24 AM
  • 8
    love it , great suggestion!!!!! :) - 12/28/2011   11:54:07 PM
  • EMIMWILLI
    7
    Pomegranate cherry juice and Proseco is my holiday fave to drink - 12/28/2011   8:42:12 PM
  • 6
    I like white wine spritzers. 1/2 wine and 1/2 club soda, only 80 calories per 8oz glass. - 12/28/2011   6:48:11 PM

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