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Say Cheers to Slimmed Down Cocktails

A Calorie Counter's Guide to Mixed Drinks
  -- By Stepfanie Romine, Staff Writer
Now that you're watching your calories, are you worried you'll be the only person not toasting on New Year's Eve? Worry no more. There's no need to be a teetotaler on the most festive night of the year. All you have to do is make wise choices when it comes to drinking.

"One drink" doesn't mean a jumbo-size frozen strawberry margarita with an extra shot of tequila. Standard drinks are 5 ounces of wine, 12 ounces of beer and 1-1/2 ounces of liquor or spirits. And while it's easy to know what you're drinking when you choose wine or beer, mixed drinks are often a mystery when it comes to portions and ingredients. Most bars and restaurants are liberal with their drink pours, so it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with what these serving sizes look like. In addition, here are 12 tips every calorie counter needs to know about cocktails: <pagebreak>
Mixer (serving size) Calories
Diet soda 0
Diet tonic 0
Coffee or tea 0
Sugar-free syrups 0
Sugar-free margarita mix 0
Sugar-free sweet 'n sour mix 0
Light lemonade (8 oz) 5
Lemon or lime juice (0.5 oz) 10
Light cranberry juice (8 oz) 40
Light orange juice (8 oz) 50
Orange juice (8 oz) 85
Cranberry juice (8 oz) 140
 Drink  Ingredients  Calories
 Mimosa  1 oz orange juice, 3 oz champagne 75
 Poinsettia  1/4 shot triple sec, dash cranberry juice, 3 oz champagne 90
 Bellini  2 oz peach puree, 4 oz Prosecco 105

 Drink (serving size)  Calories
 Pina Colada (8 oz)  505
 Chocolate martini 450
 Hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps (8 oz) 380
 Eggnog with rum (8 oz) 370
 Coffee liqueur (3 oz) 348
 Godiva chocolate liqueur (3 oz) 310
 Hot buttered rum (8 oz) 300
 Long Island Iced Tea (8 oz) 290
 Margarita (8 oz) 280
 White Russian (6 oz) 250
 Mojito (8 oz) 215
 Cosmopolitan (4 oz) 215
 Martini (2.5 oz) 160
 Screwdriver (made with 80 proof vodka) 160
 Green apple martini 150
 Spiced cider with rum (8 oz) 150
 Manhattan (made with 80 proof liquor) 130

Now that you know what you're sipping, enjoy your evening! New Year's Eve only comes around once a year, so make the most of it. Eat (moderately), drink (responsibly), and be merry! Cheers!