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10 Cocktails with 150 Calories or Less

By , SparkPeople Blogger
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.
 
Please Spread the Spark by sharing this list of cocktails with your friends on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, too! Happy New Year!

Additional research and reporting provided by Stepfanie Romine.

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Comments

HEALIN1 10/28/2018
I do miss my pina colada. Going to try the sub Report
EVIE4NOW 10/3/2018
These do sound better and lighter. Thanks. Report
KHALIA2 12/24/2017
All great ideas, but I don't worry about this one because I don't drink alcohol. Report
LINDAMARYW 12/20/2017
They all look delicious. But, the main thing here is to just make a minuscule drink. Report
BARCELONAME 12/16/2017
thanks Report
Or you could skip the alcohol altogether with a mocktail. Save a lot of calories that way. Report
Some yummy choices, thanks. Report
Haven't tried many of these 100 calorie or less drinks. Haven't been drinking many cocktails lately. Report
Zevia makes zero calorie mixers with stevia extract.
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i don't drink a lot but these are great suggestions Report
I want a sip of each one yum ... alcohol or not Report
ALILDUCKLING
Interesting, but I don't drink alcoholic beverages. Report
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. Report
It's not just the calories but the carbs/sugar to look out for also. Scotch on the rocks is my solution. :) Report
SIRISHAFD
Good info, they all sound great. Report
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. Report
LCERTUCHE
I like wine spritzer's. A little wine with a lot of club soda. Report
good info thanks Report
they all sound great Report
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:) Report
MARGARITTM
mmmmm Summer drinks Report
DELLMEL
Thanks Report
GFHUNT2
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! Report
These sound delicious! I can't wait to make the New Cosmo! Report
These look great! Report
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 :) Report
JRTITTLE
Yummy! Thanks for sharing! Report
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. Report
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! Report
JJONES838
great ideas for slimming down drinks, Thanks Report
JGMARIE80
When it comes to cocktails, I don't mind the calories. I love strawberry daiquiris . I only drink on special occasions. Report
These are awesome ideas, and will help to make my summer afternoons both enjoyable and guilt-free. Thank you for posting this! :) Report
BYRNANA
These are great if you are making drinks at home, but only one that you can realistically order at a bar. Report
I had no idea my favorite drinks were so high in calories. I will definitely try some of these! Thanks! Report
CHAPMAKR
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! Report
LUNELA
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! Report
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. Report
TIPPIMITCHELL
"...or fewer", not "less". You can count the calories, then it's fewer--not less. Report
Glass of red wine. Chase with many glasses sparkling water. Report
Can you substitute sparkling mineral water for club soda? Report
They also have diet cranberry juice, that is about 5 calories... we use it all of the time.
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Lemon Drop Martinis are my fave. 150 calories or so. Report
There is a margarita mix with less calories now. Report
MARILYNBSL
Never drink alcohol. Report
Ah, so the key to a lighter mimosa is less oj and more bubbly. I can do that! Report
MADETOHEAL13
I wish there were some whiskey suggestions....other than water! LOL!!!
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I like cranberry wine. Report
TAMIKATNL
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! Report
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... Report
SEPTLEFTY
Very good, im going to try it. Report