Don’t Waste Calories At Cocktail Hour – 5 Low Calorie Options

Warmer weather usually means we start watching what we eat…and drink…so we can fit into those more revealing outfits.  So don’t waste precious calories at the bar…and don’t go thirsty either!  Here are five really great low calorie cocktails you can order at the bar with complete confidence because they are all 200 calories or less.  We would like to thank Pop Sugar for bringing these to our attention! We hope you enjoy! Cheers!

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1. Bourbon Old-Fashioned Cocktail

Before mudslides and appletinis were all the rage, there were old fashioneds. One of the earliest recorded cocktails, this 200-year-old bourbon drink is now a classic, and for good reason — there aren’t a lot of ingredients getting in the way. Balanced and complex, make sure to order one the next time you are out! 

NOTES

Granulated sugar, sugar in the raw, or simple syrup can be used to sweeten the cocktail. Use whatever you have on hand.

INGREDIENTS

1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
2 dashes Angostura bitters
2 ounces bourbon
Ice
1/2 teaspoon water
1 twist of lemon peel

DIRECTIONS

In a whiskey glass, add sugar and bitters. Add bourbon and stir with a small barspoon until sugar dissolves. Fill glass with ice and a splash of water. Stir once more and garnish with a lemon peel twist.

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2. Margarita

When made right, a margarita is a refreshing and low-calorie cocktail. The classic margarita recipe simply calls for tequila, lime juice, and a tiny bit of agave syrup or Cointreau. The most important thing is to skip premade mixes. If you’re worried that the bartender may use a sugary mix, don’t be afraid to ask them to use fresh lime juice and a splash of simple syrup instead.

INGREDIENTS

Ice
1 1/2 ounces 100 percent agave blanco tequila (I use Espolón or Herradura)
1 ounce fresh lime juice
1/2 ounce Cointreau

DIRECTIONS

Fill cocktail shaker with ice; add tequila, lime juice, and Cointreau. Shake ingredients together until chilled, strain into rocks glass filled with ice, and enjoy!

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3. Cosmopolitan

Carrie and the rest of the Sex and the City gang obviously knew what they were doing, ordering cosmopolitans. Made from vodka, lime juice, and a splash of cranberry juice, a cosmopolitan barely breaks the 150-calorie mark.

INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 oz. citrus-flavored vodka
1/2 oz. Cointreau
1/4 oz. fresh-squeezed lime juice
1 oz. cranberry juice

DIRECTIONS

Combine all of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass.Garnish with a twist of orange, if desired.

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4. Mojitos

Just like the margarita, the classic mojito recipe has been tainted with a reliance on too much sugar or premade mixes. The original recipe is rum, mint, soda water, lime, and just a touch of sugar. Any trusted bartender will do you up right, resulting in a mojito that falls under 150 calories. To be on the safe side, ask the bartender to go easy on the sugar.

INGREDIENTS

1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 lime
3 sprigs mint
1.5 ounces light rum
Soda water

DIRECTIONS

Put the sugar in a highball glass (or any 8- to 12-ounce glass), squeeze in the juice of 1/2 small lime, and toss in the squeezed lime shell.
Add mint sprigs and muddle for a moment. Then add the light rum and handful of ice, and fill with chilled soda water.

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5. Basil Gimlet

Whether you choose vodka, gin, or tequila, a gimlet is a tart, straightforward choice for those wishing to save calories. The basic recipe is alcohol (traditionally gin) mixed with lightly sweetened lime juice, served up in a martini glass. Make things more interesting by ordering a cucumber or basil gimlet.

INGREDIENTS

4-5 large basil leaves
1/2 ounce agave nectar or simple syrup
3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
2 1/2 ounces shochu
ice

DIRECTIONS

In a mixing glass or cocktail shaker, muddle the basil leaves with the sweetener of your choice.
Fill glass three-quarters of the way with ice cubes. Add the alcohol and lime juice and shake well.
Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with the remaining basil leaf.

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