6 Low-Calorie Cocktails to Order at the Bar
Unfortunately, liquor and cocktails are typically packed with calories, which can really stall your progress if you are trying to lose weight and cut back on calories. If you are trying to lose weight, you may feel like you have to skip out on going to the bar with your friends because you’ll be too tempted to drink.
Well, we have some good news for you! Here’s a variety of low-calorie cocktails that you can order at the bar that won’t disrupt your healthy lifestyle.
Champagne or Prosecco
It’s time to get a little fancy when it comes to low-calorie cocktails. Next time you’re at the bar and feel like splurging a little, order a glass of champagne or prosecco. A glass of this sparkling wine can be from 80-90 calories. Not to mention the bubbly will get you feeling pretty great.
The most calories in a cocktail come from the sugary mixers. So, keep it simple with low to no-calorie mixers. Take a vodka soda for example. The only calories you are consuming in this low-calorie cocktail comes from the liquor. Keep in mind that a shot of liquor (1.5 ounces) is typically around 96 calories. So, for a whole vodka soda with a little bit of lime juice, you’re consuming under 100 calories!
Who said you had to consume grams upon grams of sugar when it comes to drinking margaritas? The next time you’re craving something with tequila, ask for a simple margarita with silver tequila, lime juice, and agave in a glass rimmed with salt. Forget about using the margarita mixer from the shelf, these low-calorie cocktails use natural ingredients and aren’t jam-packed with sugar and artificial flavors.
On the Rocks
As mentioned before, a shot of liquor is typically just under 100 calories. So, what better way to avoid unnecessary calories from mixers than by ordering liquor on the rocks or straight? While it may be an acquired taste for some, the more you drink it the more you’ll grow accustomed to it. You also won’t have to worry about drinking these low-calorie cocktails too fast because straight liquor can be a little rough. So, take your time and enjoy!
Rum and Diet Coke
If you are someone who needs some sweetness in their cocktails, switch out regular soda for a diet soda when it comes to drinking rum and coke. While you’ll still be consuming artificial ingredients and flavors, you will cut the calories in more than half. Since Diet Coke has zero calories, you’ll only consume the calories that come from the rum.
A summer cocktail favorite is a Moscow Mule. With this low-calorie version of the cocktail, you don’t have to skip out on enjoying it with your friends by the pool. Instead of ginger beer, substitute it with diet ginger ale and some freshly grated ginger for an intense ginger flavor. Without the beer, you can shave off almost half of the calories found in the original cocktail.
Keep It Simple
A general rule of thumb when ordering low-calorie cocktails at a bar is to keep it simple. Consider the calories that are in the mixers that go into your favorite cocktails. Try to stick with natural ingredients like lime juices or no-calorie mixers such as soda water or diet sodas. Or keep it super simple and drink your liquor straight or on the rocks. You’ll be amazed at just how many calories you’ll save with these low-calorie cocktails.
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