The Cocktails You Love…With Less Calories!

Why give up your favorite cocktails just because you’re watching your calories?  Everything in moderation is the key, so we have found great and low calorie alternatives to your favorite drinks on the Oprah website. We are so in love with this list because these are actually low calorie drinks you will love! Now you don’t have to worry about your waistline when you are sipping on a margarita or martini!

Below are a few of the recipes we know you will love and actually WANT to take for a spin next time you are feeling the need to sip on something delicious.  We hope you enjoy….Cheers!

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What You Want: A Mojito
(Starts at 160 Calories)
A better choice: A Revitalize cocktail (134 calories)
Almost all mojito recipes involve sugar (be it confectioner’s or agave), and some bartenders use more than the usual tablespoon. It’s suggested to ask for your drink with “just a touch” of simple syrup (or none at all) and extra lime juice. Revitalize, which sounds like something you’d receive in an expensive spa (without the alcohol), is a great alternative to this once high calorie cocktail. Combine the following into a shaker: 1 ounce vodka muddled with 2 chunks cucumber, 1/2 ounce honey, 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice and 2 ounces cold green tea. Shake, pour over ice and garnish with a lime twist. Oprah

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What You Want: A Cosmopolitan
(212 Calories per 4-Ounce Serving)
A better choice: Raspberry-infused vodka with club soda, a splash of cranberry and a lime (115 calories)
A little vodka, a little Cointreau, some cranberry juice—you may as well be sipping a pack of liquefied fruit chews. And the more splashes of juice and shots of alcohol you add, the higher the calories climb. This still doesn’t mean that you need to give up your favorite cocktail. “We tell clients who are trying to lose weight to have that drink but to treat it like a treat or a piece of cake,” says Willow Jarosh, MS, RD, a Best Life nutritionist and Clarke’s partner at C&J Nutrition. If you opt for this lower-calorie version of your signature drink, you could even have two of them. Oprah

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What You Want: A Dirty Martini
(220 to 330 calories*)
A better choice: Hot-pepper-infused vodka over ice with an olive (105 calories)
Like the suave gentleman who bought this for you at the bar, martinis can be sneaky. A 4-ounce drink has around 220 calories, and many generous bartenders serve martinis in larger glasses. “The bigger a drink, the more alcohol it has and, therefore, the more calories it has,” says Stephanie Clarke, MS, RD, a Best Life nutritionist and co-owner of C&J Nutrition in Manhattan. The addition of olive brine in a dirty martini only adds about 20 extra calories, which isn’t a big of a deal— but the sodium is, says Clarke. “It can increase your thirst, which you may try to quench with more alcohol, and can also make you feel bloated the next day.” The pepper in this drink is subtle; it’s not like drinking a bottle of hot sauce. Oprah

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What You Want: Hot Cocoa with Bailey’s (Minimum 180 Calories, 9 Grams Fat)
A better choice: A hot toddy (113 calories, 0 grams fat)
It’s nice to have something warm and sweet that you can wrap your hands around at those post-caroling get-togethers and tree-trimming parties. To save calories and fat, pour boiling hot water (or black tea) into a mug and add a half-shot of brandy, bourbon or whiskey, a tablespoon of honey and a tablespoon of lemon juice. Oprah

 

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What You Want: A Margarita
(168 to 504 Calories)
A better choice: Tequila over ice with two limes (100 calories)
The biggest threat posed by a margarita, says Jarosh, is the nonstandardized size. “Some places serve them as 8-ounce drinks, others as 12 ounces, and that can make a huge difference,” she says. You’ll always know how much alcohol you’re getting if you order a shot of high-end tequila on the rocks with maybe a splash of soda and an extra lime, and this makes for a good sipping drink. Oprah

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