Wellness Wednesday: The Best Low-Calorie Cocktails

By Maureen Mariano

Nothing says, “Happy Holidays!” like a bottle of booze. Family gatherings, parties with friends and intimate dinners — it’s going to be hard escaping alcoholic temptations this season. Instead of feeling guilty for downing high-calorie drinks, sip in moderation and try out these tasty cocktails, each under 200 calories. Cheers! 

1. Champagne

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Image Courtesy: rmchampagnephotos.tumblr.com

According to LiveStrong.com, a glass of champagne is one of the lightest drinks at the bar. A 4-ounce glass of the bubbly beverage contains only 84 calories. So it’s totes OK to pop those champagne bottles on New Year’s Eve!

2. The Maggie McQuade

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Image Courtesy: hunch.com

Whoever Maggie McQuade is, she’s a genius! To create this super sweet less-than-100-calorie concoction, ClubPlanet.com suggests mixing vanilla vodka with diet ginger ale.

 

3. Cape Codder

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Image Courtesy: pinterest.com

Not only is the classic cranberry and vodka mix tasty, but also it’s good for you! According to LiveStrong.com, cranberry juice helps flush alcohol out of your system. With 5 ounces of cranberry juice and one shot of vodka at about 130 calories, no wonder why this drink remains a longtime favorite!

4. Gin and Tonic

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Image Courtesy: happy-healthy-food.tumblr.com

For those who are calorie-conscious, stick with gin and tonic as your go-to beverage at the bar. According to FitDay.com, a standard 4-ounce gin and tonic (composed of 1 ounce of gin and 3 ounces of tonic) comes in at about 100 calories.

5. Sour Apple Martini

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Image Courtesy: delish.com

 Get ready to pucker up for a 160-calorie delight! Mix 2 ½ ounces of sour mix and ¾ ounces of vodka and sour apple liqueur.

 While these drinks may be low in calories, they are still high in alcohol content. So whether you’re at Thanksgiving dinner or a holiday soiree, please remember to drink responsibly.

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