It’s all about balance, they say, and that statement rings especially true when it comes to dieting, maintaining your weight, and just living a healthy life in general. But what is a healthy life without a little bit of fun? When it comes to alcohol, you probably don’t have to sacrifice — just modify. Unfortunately, whether you’re going out or staying in, low-calorie cocktail options are limited, and the last thing you want to do when you’re relaxing is count calories anyway.
Nothing kills a buzz faster than realizing just how caloric those cocktails you've been sipping actually are. While moderation is always a good idea, it’s not always doable, so the best thing to do is have a plan: pick your favorite liquor and low-sugar, low-calorie liquid accompaniments, and you’ve got a signature go-to cocktail that your nutritionist or diet counselor just might approve of. When in doubt, adding a splash of club soda to your drink is always a step toward saving on the calories — maybe even enough to let you consider ordering just one more round.
How many calories do some of your favorite drinks have? If you are a martini, sidecar, Long Island iced tea, margarita, or a mai tai drinker you’re consuming around 200 calories at most bars… ouch! And that’s assuming you’re only having one. But don’t let that scare you into giving up cocktail hour; we’ve got a list of seven cocktails that you can enjoy without derailing the whole day’s dieting efforts. (A shot equals 1.5 fluid ounces.)
For fans of the fresh and tangy, the greyhound is a perfect choice.
Serving size: 7.5 fl. oz.
Wine enthusiasts, fear not! You can still enjoy all of the health benefits while minding your calories.
Serving size: 5 fl. oz.