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Choose a lower proof liquor. All liquors with the same "proof" (percentage of alcohol by volume) have roughly the same calories. The lower the proof, the fewer calories a liquor has (and the less potent it will be). For example, 80 proof vodka (and other 80-proof liquors) has 65 calories an ounce; 100 proof liquor has about 80 calories an ounce.
Stay far, far away from frozen drinks. Chain restaurants serve oversize drinks that often have more calories than a dessert!
Avoid premade drink mixes, which are usually nothing more than corn syrup and artificial flavors and sweeteners. Make your own so you can control the calories and choose healthier ingredients.
Skip the mixer and save calories by ordering a flavor-infused liquor (such as raspberry vodka or coconut rum) over ice or with a squeeze of lime.
Make the switch to soda water if you're a vodka or gin and tonic fan. Tonic water has 90 calories per cup, but soda water is calorie-free. A lime or lemon can add flavor without calories.
Dilute your wine with soda water to make a wine spritzer. You'll stay hydrated, and a spritzer made with three ounces of wine only has 60 calories.
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