The Roses have been opened. Just one more Pringle. Shortbread is a special Christmas treat… You’re not alone if you’ve ever said any of these things. Come January, we’re all feeling sluggish and regretting eating a month’s worth of food in just one week.
But just because you’re managing your weight and don’t want to pile on the pounds doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a tasty cocktail in the party season.
Or if you’re a designated driver, or would rather a non-alcoholic drink on Christmas day, there are plenty of easy mocktail recipes for you to give a tr that taste great.
We’ve created a list of tasty, low-calorie cocktails which means that happy hour can become ‘happy hours’.
What Makes Alcohol So High In Calories?
Calories add up a lot quicker in drinks than they do in food, because drink is moreish and doesn’t leave you at satisfied as a fatty takeaway does. Plus, most of us drink when we’re socialising, so having four to seven drinks on a night out is normal behaviour.
Before you pick up your favourite drink from a supermarket, look on the back of the bottle at the percentage before ‘ABV’.
If it says ‘14% ABV’ that means it contains 14% alcohol, and generally speaking, the higher the ABV percentage, the more calories it has.
If you switch to a lower ABV, you’ll save calories and alcoholic units, so go for something about 8-10%.
This Mojito is low in calories because we’ve reduced the amount of sugar that’s usually used in it. It’s made with fresh and naturally low-in-fat ingredients, and it also tastes great!
Typically it’s made with sugar and syrup, but we’ve limited the amount of sugar and syrup used to make it friendly on the waistline.
- 1 lime
- 7g of mint
- 1tsp of sweetener
- 1 tsp of gomme syrup
- 50ml of rum
- Zero-calorie soda
- Cut the lime into wedges
- Muddle the lime and sweetener in the Collins glass, then tear in the mint and lightly muddle
- Add the rum, then fill the glass with crushed ice and stir through completely
- Add more ice and stir
- Repeat until the glass is filled with only a small space left for zero-calorie soda. Top with soda
Wine is guilty of making us gain weight, and especially during this festive season, we can’t resist a glass (or two!).
Light, sweet wine has the lowest calories of all wine, and red has approximately 150-250 calories per glass.
Substitute your usual wine for a sweet white one to make a low-calorie cocktail, and as mentioned earlier, always check the ABV percentage, and if possible, stick to European wine as they are lighter on the stomach than other countries.
- 3oz sweet white wine
- 2oz diet lemonade
- lemon juice
- sugar-free raspberry juice
- mint leaves
- Add ice into a cocktail shaker and add all ingredients
- Vigorously shake until the liquid is cold and mixed together
- Pour drink into a glass of your choice and stir
- Garnish with mint leaves for a refreshing taste
Orange Vodka Treat
Alcohol is the number one enemy for losing weight, or even not gaining weight, but it’s your number one friend at a party.
We’ve made it friendlier by using vodka, because it has fewer calories than beer and red or white wine. The spirit has virtually no carbohydrates and a small fraction of sugar, making it a good choice for this list.
- 40ml vodka
- Freshly juiced orange juice
- 2 cucumber slices
- Lemon wedge
- Place the cucumber in a glass
- Half fill it with ice
- Pour vodka in and add the freshly made orange
- Stir the orange and vodka with a spoon
- Garnish with a slice of lemon
Making low-calorie cocktails doesn’t have to be boring. With this sparkling drink, you’ll have everyone in the room wanting to try what you’re drinking.
The refreshing taste of the raspberries and blackberries will quench your thirst, whilst the strong taste of the bourbon won’t leave you unsatisfied.
Depending on the brand of bourbon you use, it has 97 and 110 calories per 1.5 ounces and has plenty of flavour to it.
- 1oz bourbon
- 1oz dry vermouth
- Raspberry juice
- Coconut pieces
- 20ml diet lemonade
- Pour all liquid into a glass with ice
- Garnish with coconut pieces and blackberries
As well as being selective about what you drink, you’re probably conscious of the calories and fat in a dessert.
Well, we’ve created a cocktail that has the best of both worlds – the kick of a cocktail and taste of a dessert, for less than 200 calories.
- 40ml vodka
- Pinch of ginger
- Diet lemonade
- Small gingerbread man
- Add some ginger to a plate and circle the martini glass upside down on it to cover the rim
- Pour the vodka into the glass
- Add the pinch of ginger and lemonade
- Stir all the ingredients until the ginger dissolves
- Carefully place the gingerbread man on the outside of the glass for a treat later
Who said that diets are no fun? We disagree, and think you should enjoy every second of Christmas with these tasty, low-calorie beverages. If you want to try all of the above… we’re not stopping you. Try halving the ingredients in each, so you can try different ones.
Alternatively, there are many substitutes for the ingredients above. For example, try cranberry instead of raspberry for the Raspberry Glitter cocktail.
You might also want to try making your own ice cubes by pouring juice into ice cube trays and freezing them.
If you’re hosting a Christmas party, this is an excellent idea to get the guests licking their lips. Drink up and have fun!