If you love mixed drinks but are trying to lose weight, it can be challenging to find a tasty low-calorie alcoholic drink. Many popular cocktail recipes have a lot of calories, which can undermine your weight loss efforts.
Nonetheless, there some low-calorie cocktails that can be excellent options for anybody who is trying to maintain a healthy weight. Here are four recipes to get you started:
Gimlet: 178 calories
If you love gin, a classic gimlet would undoubtedly tickle your fancy. This cocktail comprises a splash of Rose’s Sweetened Lime Juice and any liquor of your choice. Here’s how to prepare a flavorful gimlet.
- 2 ounces of gin
- A ½ ounce of Rose’s lime juice
- 1 lime to taste
Mix the gin and the lime juice in a cocktail glass filled with ice. Stir the drink properly before garnishing it with the lime. Enjoy your gimlet!
Bacardi Rum and Diet Coke: 96 calories
Bacardi Rum and Diet Coke is an excellent low-carb cocktail that won’t affect your diet. Here’s how to prepare a drink for two.
- 1 bottle of Bacardi Rum
- 1 can of Diet Coke
- 1 lime for garnish
In a glass filled with ice, pour 2 ounces of the rum. Then add 6 ounces of Diet Coke. Stir the mixture properly and garnish with a slice of lime.
Vodka Soda: 96 calories
Cool and revitalizing, Vodka Soda is a perfect cocktail for a bar stop or cocktail hour at home. Club soda has zero calories, so you only get calories from the alcohol.
- A ¼ cup of vodka
- A ¼ cup of club soda
- Lime juice – if needed
- Lime for garnish
Pour vodka in a glass filled with ice. Add club soda and stir properly. You can also add some fresh lime juice, but that’s optional. Garnish with a wedge of lime and serve.
Sazerac: 136 calories
Sazerac is another favorite cocktail for whiskey enthusiasts. It comprises bitters, sugar, absinthe, and water. The water helps smooth out the liquor bite while keeping the calorie count low. Here’s the recipe:
- ½ teaspoon sugar
- ½ teaspoon splash water
- 4 dashes of Peychaud Bitters
- 2 ounces of Rye Whiskey
- ½ teaspoon Splash Herbsaint
- Lemon peel for garnish
Fill an old-fashioned glass with ice and set it aside. Mix bitters, sugar, and water in another glass. Stir until the sugar dissolves completely. Add the whiskey, fill with ice, and stir thoroughly for about 15 seconds.
Discard the ice in the first glass. Add Herbsaint, then hold the glass horizontally and turn it to ensure Herbsaint coats the entire interior. Pour out excess Herbsaint and then strain the contents of the second glass into the first glass. Lastly, twist the lemon directly over the drink to release essential oils. Enjoy your drink.
Sticking with these four cocktails when you are dieting will go a long way in helping you minimize calories and help to promote your weight loss efforts.