Low-calorie cocktails

Yes, you can enjoy a couple of cocktails and still have a bikini body. Try these low-calorie cocktail recipes for a healthier happy hour.When FITNESS learned that Americans drink about 20 percent of their total calories on average, They immediately thought of one sinister culprit that tends to lurk near social gatherings: the cocktail. They tapped the experts — top mixologists and dietitians – and with a few tweaks to basic drink recipes and some creative interpretations of high-calorie favorites, they believe They’ve found a few recipes that’ll let you imbibe on occasion and maintain a trim waistline. Read on for drink recipes that go down easy.

Pina colada cooler

Pina Colada Cooler

Pina Colada Cooler

1 1/2 ounces coconut-flavored rum
3 ounces pineapple juice
4 ounces sparkling water
1 tablespoon of Coco Lopez Cream of Coconut Lite (found in the drink mixers section of many supermarkets)
Pour ingredients over ice and stir.

 Blueberry Lemon Breeze

Blueberry Lemon Breeze

10 blueberries
3/4 ounce light agave nectar, such as Wholesome Sweeteners, available at Whole Foods or other natural foods stores
1 1/2 ounces gin
3/4 ounce lemon juice
Splash of champagne (about 1 ounce)

In a shaker, muddle* together blueberries and agave. Add the gin and lemon juice, then shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Strain contents of shaker into a martini glass and then top with champagne. Garnish with 3 blueberries on a cocktail stick.

Mimosa Lite

Mimosa Lite Cocktail

   2 ounces Minute Maid Light Orange Tangerine Juice
4 ounces champagne
Juice of 1/2 medium-size orange, or 1 to 2 ounces

Add several ice cubes to a tall glass. Squeeze the juice of the orange into the glass. Pour in orange tangerine juice, followed by champagne. Stir. Garnish with fresh orange rinds, curled.


Blended Raspberry Cocktail

Blended Raspberry Cocktail

1/2 cup ice or several ice cubes
8 ounces Minute Maid Light Raspberry Passion
1 1/2 ounces vodka

Combine ingredients in a blender. Garnish with several fresh raspberries.

 Strawberry-Citrus Vodka Cocktail

Strawberry Citrus Vodka Cocktail

2 strawberries
1 sprig of mint
3/4 ounce light agave nectar, such as Wholesome Sweeteners
1 3/4 ounces citrus vodka
3/4 ounce lemon juice

In a shaker, muddle together mint and strawberries, then add the remaining ingredients. Shake vigorously with ice for 20 seconds. Pour entire contents of shaker into a tall glass. (Include all of the mint and strawberry pulp.)

Mojito Makeover

Mojito Makeover Cocktail

2 ounces light rum
1 ounce Splenda syrup, Da Vinci’s Sugar Free Sweetener Syrup
1 ounce lime juice
7 mint leaves
Splash of club soda

In a shaker, muddle mint leaves and a lime wedge. Add ice and other ingredients and shake. Pour into tall glass and top with soda.

 Skinny Wasaberita

Skinny Wasaberita Cocktail


1 teaspoon wasabi powder
3/4 ounce lime juice
1 ounce light agave nectar, such as Wholesome Sweeteners
1 3/4 ounces Tequila blanco

Salt rim of a margarita glass. In a shaker add all of the ingredients with ice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds and then strain over fresh ice into glass.

 Choco-lite Cocktail

Choco-Lite Cocktail


1 ounce Godiva chocolate liqueur
1 ounce vodka
1/2 cup nonfat milk
1 teaspoon Hershey’s Syrup Lite (for lining rim of glass)

In a shaker, combine chocolate liqueur, vodka, and milk with crushed ice. Shake to mix. Pour into glass.

Grapefruit Basil Martini

Grapefruit Basil Martini
2 basil leaves
1 ounce grapefruit juice
1 ounce Da Vinci’s Sugar Free Sweetener Syrup
1 3/4 ounces gin
Splash of sparkling wine
In a shaker, muddle basil and syrup. Add syrup and gin and shake hard with ice for 20 seconds. Strain ingredients into a martini glass and top with sparkling wine. Garnish with a grapefruit twist.












2 Responses to “Low-calorie cocktails”

  1. December 14, 2009 at 12:41 am

    WOW, I love that I am going to have a place….your blog….to refer back to when I am entertaining all of my “fat” friends…like me! We are all on diets, and we can sure use less calories! LOL 🙂 Thanks!

  2. December 14, 2009 at 7:10 am

    You mean like me too LOLOLOL…. I just thought it was a good idea to put some low cal things that taste good up for us to have this time of year!

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