Want a super fresh take on diet-friendly cocktails? Put down the G&T! We tasted these totally inspired low-cal drinks designed to treat your palate to more exciting flavors all summer long. Sip responsibly.
Dances with Wolves (Bailar con Lobos) This herbaceous mezcal cocktail is a subtle blend of sweet and smoky. Pineapple gum syrup; also useful for punches, virgin drinks, and baking) adds just the right touch of sweetness, and sparkling water gives it a lightness.
2 oz Montelobos Mezcal infused with dry hoja santa leaf, if available*
1 oz lime juice
¾ oz pineapple gum
2 oz sparkling water Dehydrated pineapple slice and hoja santa leaf for garnish.
Combine ingredients in a shaker and shake. Strain over fresh ice cubes in a stemless wineglass; top with soda. Garnish with pineapple slice and hoja santa leaf if available. (Mint works too!) *For the infusion, add 3–4 leaves of hoja santa—a bright, fresh herb commonly used in Mexican cuisine—to one bottle of Montelobos. Leave for 45–60 minutes, then discard.
Calories: 184, Carbs: 13g, Sugar: 11g
This divine sipper is incredibly light with a hint of floral and juniper berries, plus the sweet-tart balance of blackberries and lime juice. It’s made with Hotel Vermont Gin and DrinkMaple water, which adds a little bit of sweetness without a lot of calories.
3 muddled blackberries, plus one for garnish
½ oz lime juice
1 oz Hotel Vermont Gin DrinkMaple water Kaffir lime leaf.
Shake ingredients and strain into ice-filled collins glass. Top with Drink- Maple water. Garnish with black berry and Kaffir lime leaf.
Calories: 77, Carbs: 1.3g, Sugar: .26g
Be Mixed Cucumber Caipiri–ha In celebration of the Olympics, this refresher made with the Brazilian spirit cachaça clocks in at a scant 106 calories. The secret is the Be Mixed zero-calorie, zero-guilt mixer, made with natural sweeteners stevia, monk fruit, and erythritol, which creates an instant party with flavors like Cucumber Mint, Ginger Lime, and Margarita.
1 bottle Be Mixed Cucumber Mint½ cup crushed ice
½ cup crushed ice
1½ oz cachaça (preferably Cuca Fresca)
Add Be Mixed Cucumber Mint and crushed ice to a glass. Squeeze in juice from the lime. Add cachaça and stir.
Calories: 106, Carbs: 15.5g, Sugar: .57g
Drink with your eyes first, then your lips. This sunny cocktail is made with Patrón Silver, a crowd favorite tequila for good reason. Make the Orange Lime Cordial ahead of time and you’ll have enough for future use.
2 oz Patron Silver Tequila
1½ oz Homemade Orange- Lime Cordial*
½ oz club soda Orange and lime wheels Clove
Add all ingredients in pilsner glass. Add ice, stir, and garnish with orange and lime wheels studded with a clove in the middle of lime wheel.Calories: 154, Carbs: 3g, Sugar: 3g
Calories: 154, Carbs: 3g, Sugar: 3g
The gluten-free Blue Ice Vodka used in this cross-border fusion cocktail has only 52 calories per 1-ounce serving— far below any other vodka or spirit out there. The Sangria Margarita has beautiful fruity notes from the berries, and the orange liqueur and oranges add a note from the groves. Serves 2.
1 lime (juiced)
2 oranges (juiced)
4 oz Blue Ice Vodka
1 oz tequila
1 oz orange liqueur Coarse salt (or sugar) to rim glasses.
Mix ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake vigorously, and serve in salt- or sugar rimmed glasses. To draw out extra fruity goodness from the strawberries, muddle them in a rocks glass before adding them to the shaker.
Calories: 263, Carbs: 15g, Sugar: 10g
HOMEMADE ORANGE-LIME CORDIAL: YOU’LL NEED 2 LIMES, 3 ORANGES, ½ OZ PATRÓN LIME CITRÓNGE, 1 CLOVE, AND 1 CUP PURE CANE SUGAR. PEEL AND THEN JUICE LIMES AND ORANGES. ADD JUICE AND REMAINING SKINS (BUT NOT PULP) IN BLENDER WITH ALL OTHER INGREDIENTS. BLEND UNTIL PUREED. ADD PUREE TO SAUCEPAN AND STIR OVER LOW HEAT FOR 10 MINUTES. REMOVE FROM HEAT AND LET SIT FOR 20 MINUTES. PLACE IN GLASS JAR FOR UP TO 8 HOURS. STRAIN CORDIAL THROUGH A FINE MESH STRAINER INTO NEW GLASS JAR. PLACE IN REFRIGERATOR UNTIL READY FOR USE.
MORE LOW-CAL BEVERAGES
Michelob Ultra has 95 calories and 2.6 grams of carbs per 12 oz serving. (michelob.com)
Fruits and Wine is an aromatized wine-based drink that uses fruit juice and infusions to add a subtle sweetness and has 7–8.5% ABV—with only 61 calories per three ounces.
Miami Cocktail Co. The organic ready-made blends have 100 calories per 4 ounces and 9% ABV. The Small Batch Organics line features the Organic Blood Orange Mimosa and Organic Tropical Sangria.