With spring just around the corner we are all trying to shed some pounds. Keep these drinks in mind and you can still meet up for happy hour and have a good time. Remember: the higher the proof, the greater the calories.
Champagne is usually stereotyped as a celebratory drink but can be enjoyed anytime (for real!)! Pop open a bottle at your next gathering to get the evening started. Only 100 calories in a 5 oz glass. My favorite is Martini and Rossi Asti.
2. Gin and Diet Tonic
This classic drink has a nice bite to it and is very refreshing when made with fresh lime juice and only has 130 calories. Add 2oz of Gin, 4oz of diet tonic water and 1 tablespoon of fresh lime juice to a glass of ice and stir.
3. Rum/Whiskey and Diet
Mix anything with a diet drink and you are saving TONS of calories. However, don’t be fooled. Some alcohols pack a big punch to the gut. Add 2 oz of Bacardi Rum, Jack Daniels Tennesee Whiskey or Malibu rum to diet coke and you will sacrifice only 138 calories.
4. Vodka and Light Cranberry Juice
If you are drinking juice for anything but its natural properties (vitamins, minerals etc.) go light. Juice contains a surprising amount of calories and choosing the light version will save you hundreds of calories over an entire evening. Word of Warning: Diet juices tend to taste like chemicals. If you actually want to enjoy your drink, I would go with the light version with 2oz of vodka at 140 calories per serving.
Not only are you reducing your calorie intake with a mojito but you will get a free arm work out while you are crushing the mint. This minty refresher will only set you back 150 calories. GET MASHING! If you order one while you are out, ask for half the sugar or Splenda instead.
6. Beer or Wine
An average 12oz light beer is about 110 calories and a 4oz glass of wine is about 85 calories. Just like liquor, the higher the alcohol content the higher the calories.
7. Drinks to Avoid
- Long Island Ice Tea: At around 800 calories this drink has 5 different alcohols and 2 different mixers.
- Pina Colada: Coconut milk sends this drink up to around 650 calories.
- Mai Tai: Lots of alcohol and mixers will set you back 350 calories
- Avoid anything with cream (white Russian ~425 calories) or off the shelf mixers
The most important thing about drinking smart? Always measure. I love OXO Good Grips Liquid Measuring Cup.