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How to Make Low Calorie Cocktails for the Summer

Low Calorie Summer CocktailsPigs may not be flying, but at least you can have your cocktail and drink it too.

Most cocktails range from 200-300 calories per drink, depending on how much soda, syrup, and alcohol is mixed in. Considering the fact that one ounce of liquor generally contains about 90 calories, it’s easy to see how this can add up. In the summer, the last thing you want is to feel bloated in a bathing suit. Luckily, there are a few low calorie cocktails you can make that will get along with your scale just fine.

Low Calorie Cocktail #1: Sour Apple Martini

Does this delicious treat sound too good to be only 160 calories? Well, it isn’t! While martinis such as a key lime or chocolatinis can contain more than 500 calories, this one won’t cancel out your entire gym workout in a couple of sips. To make this low calorie cocktail, combine 2 ½ ounces of sour mix with ¾ of an ounce of sour apple liqueur.

*recipe from Glamour

Low Calorie Cocktail #2: Rum and Diet Coke

While this seems simple enough, the average shot of spiced rum only contains about 60 calories. Regular coke contains about 140 calories, but diet coke contains zero. By using diet instead, the combination will allow for you to have a classic cocktail without the extra calories. This is one of the easiest low calorie cocktails you can make to help keep cool in the summer.

Low Calorie Cocktail #3: Cake-tail

A cake-tail tastes exactly as it sounds, like a slice of cake. Only it contains less than 100 calories! It is made of diet ginger-ale and vanilla flavored vodka. The only calories come from the single ounce of vodka. (Therefore, additional ounces of the liquor will result in added calories.) Even with a little extra alcohol, this definitely ranks in as one of the lowest of the low calorie cocktails for the summer.

Low Calorie Cocktail #4: Vodka Cranberry Fizz

There’s nothing more refreshing than a fruity treat, but juices are often packed with calories. In order to lower the calorie count, try using half the amount of juice and substitute it with diet sprite or seltzer. Add an ounce of vodka, and the result will be the perfect combination of cranberry and bubbles in a low calorie cocktail. If you feel like getting a little crazy, add a different kind of 100% juice.

Low Calorie Cocktail #5: Cosmopolitan

You can still look classy at your next summer cocktail hour, while keeping your calorie count down all in one with this low calorie cocktail. For the perfect combination at only 150 calories, combine 1.5 ounces of vodka, ½ ounce of triple sec, ½  ounce of lime juice, and ½ ounce of cranberry juice. Be aware that when ordering a Cosmo out and about, they often vary in size and percentage of alcohol, but even so, they are usually still a low calorie cocktail option to get anywhere.

*recipe from Her campus

Now the next time that you find yourself drinking by the pool, you can imbibe in something both delicious and low calorie!

If you would like to know more about different types of liquors, their calorie contents, or how to make the perfect cocktail, come on in to Julio’s Liquors on Route 9 in Westborough. We are always eager to help you find the perfect drink.

What’s your favorite way to make a delicious drink into a low calorie cocktail? We’d love to hear more in the comment section below!

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