Summer is fast approaching and if you need to watch your calorie count, here are 21 low calorie cocktails so you can keep enjoying your drinks without worrying about drinking your calories.
It is no secret that many alcoholic beverages can be high in calories but fortunately, with some simple changes you can still sip on your favorite drinks guilt-free.
You can even keep your favorite liquors handy since most of them have a place in these cocktails.
With the right mixers, you can lower the number of calories you drink without sacrificing taste or flavor.
After all, we all prefer to eat our calories rather than drink them, right?
You can make a Watermelon Martini, Skinny Sangria, and a Sparkling Sunrise as refreshing cocktails worth sharing with everyone.
Even the Long Island Iced Tea listed here is a great way to enjoy your favorite drink without having to worry about your calories.
A hot tip for making these low calorie cocktails is to make sure and grab your favorite diet soda or flavored sparkling water from the store during your next trip.
This way you can be prepared to sip on a special cocktail that won’t stretch your waistline!
1. Lemon Vodka Cocktail
Even with the Cointreau added to this drink, your total calorie count comes out to less than 130!
Cointreau is only 90 calories for one-shot so with that, soda water, sugar, and your favorite vodka, you can rest assured you will not be going too crazy with your caloric intake on just one drink.
Not to mention this finds a nice balance between sweet and tangy from the lemon and sugar shaken together!
You no longer have to choose between sipping on a drink that makes you feel like you are on the beach and having a beach body.
With La Croix’s Coconut sparkling water you get the slightly creamy coconut flavor without any added calories to your rum and pineapple garnish.
If it is an especially hot day, you could probably also count it as your drinking water because after all, you are technically drinking water, right?
This spritzer is way better than any seltzer drink you would buy at a store and is only 87 calories!
One can of Spindrift is only nine calories.
Mixing it with Smirnoff Raspberry Pomegranate vodka, a splash of lime juice, and your favorite berries will give you a summer-y tasting drink you can feel good about enjoying.
Not to mention the beautiful pink color you get in your glass after mixing everything together.
4. Ranch Water
Texans are probably familiar with this refreshing drink.
It is incredibly simple with only three ingredients: Topo Chico, tequila, and lime juice.
This is similar to a lighter version of a margarita without all of the extra sugar that may be added when you go to a restaurant and order your drink.
If you want a little bit more of a margarita feel, you can rim your glass with salt and garnish with a lime wedge, as well!
Drinking a martini is a great way to feel a little more elegant with your beverage of choice.
With this cocktail, you can get a nice burst of summer flavor from the fresh watermelon muddled in.
That’s right, no sugary, calorie-rich artificial watermelon flavoring is added to this.
You can also use zero-calorie simple syrup for another win in this drink, without giving up the sweetness some of us love in our cocktails.
If you tend to stay away from sweet drinks, the good news is you can still enjoy a delicious margarita with more tart flavors instead.
Any type of sparkling water can be used if it is either lime or grapefruit-flavored.
This adds some fizz to your drink without the calories adding up.
With a freshly juiced grapefruit, you get so much fresh and tart flavor for your drink.
This may become your new favorite way to drink margaritas!
7. Kir Royale
This cocktail will feel so fancy and luxurious with sparkling champagne and creme de cassis in your glass.
If you are unfamiliar with creme de cassis, it is a berry-flavored liqueur.
In this drink, a little goes a long way so you can use just a teaspoon in your glass for tons of berry flavor added in.
Coconut pineapple flavored sparkling ice adds fizz and flavor to this drink with no added calories!
This does include triple sec but rather than using a shot, just use a splash to add some citrus flavor to your beverage.
If you want to be mindful of the rum you use, go for Bacardi Silver, which is only 19 calories per ounce, but taste-wise, you can use any of your favorite white rum.
This sangria is perfect for sharing with all of your friends, even the lucky ones who can stay away from low-calorie drinks and prefer the full-calorie options.
Sprite Zero will add some bubbles and lemon-lime flavor to your sangria without taking too much out of your calorie bank.
You have tons of options for the red wine you use so you can use your favorite low cal option or even canned wine!
With fruit added to your drink and one serving coming out to only 70 calories, you can consider this a low calorie fruit salad you can drink!
This cocktail features a little bit of a few different types of liquors, including gin, tequila, and white rum.
Diet cola will add a splash of color to give it the iced tea color even though it has no tea included in it.
This is also Weight Watchers friendly depending on your specific plan!
You can use your favorite sugar-free beverage enhancer for this drink, but if you have no preference, Crystal Light and Mio are two great options.
They are also portable so you can whip this drink together wherever you may be.
This is perfect for a pool party or beach drink that can come together easily with some Diet Sprite and vodka.
12. Gin Rickey
Cutting back on calories does not mean you have to cut back on taste.
This is a super simple cocktail with no crazy ingredients or steps included.
You can even leave your cocktail shaker put away since you can mix everything right in your highball glass!
All you need is gin, club soda, and as much lime juice as you like!
One packet of peach mango-flavored Crystal Light adds so much delicious flavor to your pitcher with only five calories per serving!
White rum adds some fun to your drinks while soda water adds some calorie-free bubbles.
Muddled mint leaves make this a mojito while some sliced limes make a beautiful garnish.
Equal parts sweet and tart, this margarita is full of fresh blood orange taste with no simple syrup added in!
Rather than simple syrup, you can use a little bit of liquid stevia for some extra sugar-free sweetness.
Tequila and orange liqueur still star in this drink, just like all of your other favorite margaritas!
When served in a traditional copper mug, no one will even know you have a skinny cocktail, especially when they give it a taste.
Diet ginger beer is the secret to this amazing tasting drink!
This has about half the calories of a regular Moscow mule with the same taste you know and loves so you can go ahead and have two or three.
There are so many simple cheats to making a Watermelon Vodka Spritzer low calorie and Weight Watchers friendly.
La Croix, Stevia, and fresh watermelon rounds will make you a drink that will have everyone jealous of both the taste and low-calorie count!
La Croix sparkling water makes another special appearance in this cocktail.
With fresh blueberries, cucumber, and mint leaves, you get such a refreshing drink that is light on the calories.
Of course, it is not a cocktail without liquor added in so go ahead and grab your favorite vodka!
18. Sparkling Paloma
Bright and citrus flavors will make this an excellent choice for a spring or summer cocktail.
It even has the colors of a pretty flower you would find blooming during those seasons!
You can thank the pink grapefruit-flavored Sparkling Ice for making this cocktail only 89 calories per serving!
Orange mango-flavored Sparkling Ice, grenadine, and tequila give you a lighter alternative to a tequila sunrise.
Your glass will be full of fizz, summer flavors, and the right amount of tequila for a refreshing and beautiful drink you will enjoy!
There is a lot of freedom in the type of lime-flavored seltzer you use for this drink so go ahead and grab your favorite next time you head to the store.
For some more sweetness, a diet lemon-lime flavored soda would work great.
You can also use any type of white wine but sauvignon blanc is a great choice for this spritzer.
Without sacrificing the creamy texture and coconut flavor in most daiquiris, you can cut back on calories by subbing in unsweetened almond milk, unsweetened coconut cream, and fresh coconut meat.
Lime juice and zest add on to the tropical flavors while a frozen banana gives a little bit more thickness to the texture while adding in some subtle sweetness.
Coconut rum also adds to the beachy flavors but if you want a mocktail version of this drink, you can switch it out for coconut water.
The bottom line
Enjoying low calorie cocktails does not mean you have to give up your taste or your favorite liquors.
As these cocktail recipes demonstrate, you can still have your favorite drinks without stressing over their calorie count of them!
21 BEST Low Calorie Cocktails 🍸
Here are 21 easy, low calorie cocktails so you can keep enjoying your drinks without worrying about calories.
- Lemon Vodka Cocktail
- 100 Calorie Pina Colada
- Berry Lime Spritzer
- Ranch Water
- Watermelon Martini
- Skinny Grapefruit Margarita
- Kir Royale
- Skinny Pineapple Coconut Cocktail
- Skinny Sangria
- Long Island Iced Tea
- Skinny Vodka Lemonade
- Gin Rickey
- Skinny Peach Mango Mojitos
- Skinny Blood Orange Margarita
- Skinny Moscow Mule
- Watermelon Vodka Spritzer
- Skinny Blackberry Cucumber Mint Cocktail
- Sparkling Paloma
- Sparkling Sunrise
- Skinny White Wine Spritzer
- Skinny Coconut Daiquiri
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