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Say Cheers to Slimmed Down Cocktails

A Calorie Counter's Guide to Mixed Drinks

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  • Alternate between alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages (like water or juice) to keep yourself hydrated. You'll drink fewer calories with this technique and allow your body more time to metabolize the alcohol.
     
  • Avoid fancy cocktails and martinis. They're calorie bombs! All the bells and whistles that go along with a martini—the flavored sugar on the rim, the syrup decorating the glass, and the garnishes—add extra calories. While a regular martini (vodka or gin with a bit of vermouth) has about 130 calories, a key lime martini can have 230 calories, and a chocolate martini can add up to a whopping 450 calories. That's like drinking a dessert!
     
  • Stick with clear (non-creamy) martinis. While flavored martinis like Key lime are delicious, they contain two tablespoons of heavy cream in each glass.
     
  • Choose low-calorie or calorie free mixers. The following chart can help you make diet-friendly choices:
  • 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
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    Stepfanie Romine Stepfanie Romine
    A former newspaper reporter, Stepfanie now writes about nutrition, health, fitness and cooking. She is a certified Ashtanga yoga teacher who enjoys running, international travel and all kinds of vegetables. See all of Stepfanie's articles.



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