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Enjoy These 8 Guilt-Free Cocktails Without Sabotaging Your Weight Loss!

If you ask a dietitian which drinks to avoid when you’re watching your weight, mixed drinks would likely be their first answer! These tasty concoctions are a sure-fire way to get a party going, but they have a tendency to be heavy on sugar and calories.The old standby vodka soda is low in calories, but it’s also kind of boring after a while! Sweet, fruity, yummy cocktails? Yes please!

Does this mean you have to give up your fun, boozy nights out? Of course not! Sometimes a cocktail or two are just what you need after a crazy day. Thankfully, there are plenty of tasty cocktail options out there that even a dietitian might indulge in.

Here are a few of my favorite low-calorie cocktail recipes that won’t ruin all your hard work:

Sparkling Hibiscus Martini

96 calories

¾ oz vodka

½ oz hibiscus tea, brewed and cooled

¾ oz white grape juice

¾ oz sparkling wine

Lemon peel (to taste)

Mint (to taste)

Add vodka, tea, and juice to a cocktail shaker. Shake with ice, and strain into martini glass. Top with sparkling wine. Squeeze lemon peel over glass to release oils, garnish with mint. (Via Prevention

 

Avión Watermelon Martini

182 calories

2 oz Avión tequila (Silver or Reposado)

1 oz lime juice (fresh, if available)

4 1-inch cubes fresh watermelon

1 squeeze agave nectar (about 1 tbsp)

1 lemon wedge, for garnish (optional)

1 mint leaf, for garnish (optional)

Build ingredients in a Collins glass with ice, and stir. Garnish with lemon wedge and mint leaf if desired. (Via Shape.com

 

Skinny Orange Crush

164 calories

1 cup orange juice (fresh-squeezed, if available)

2 oz orange-flavored vodka

1 oz triple sec

2 oz unflavored seltzer water

Combine orange juice, vodka, and triple sec in a cocktail shaker, then shake for about 30 seconds. Pour drink into a glass, and top with seltzer. (Via Chef Savvy)

 

Strawberry Rhubarb Sangria

107 calories (per 8-oz serving)

3 1/2 tablespoons stevia (I like Truvia)

1/2 cup water

2 rhubarb stalks, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

1/2 cup orange juice (fresh is best, juice of 1 orange)

1 orange, halved and cut into 1/4-inch slices

1 pint strawberries, hulled and quartered

4 cups (32 oz) chilled seltzer

1 bottle (25 oz) chilled Prosecco or dry sparkling white wine

Ice

In a small saucepan, bring stevia and water to a boil. Add rhubarb,then  reduce heat and simmer for 1 minute. Transfer mixture to a small bowl and let it cool (to speed up the process, place the bowl in an ice bath). Meanwhile, combine orange slices, orange juice, strawberries, and sparkling wine in a large pitcher. To serve, add the cooled rhubarb mixture, seltzer, and ice to the pitcher. Mix and slightly muddle with a wooden spoon or ladle. (Via Daily Burn

 

Green with Inn-vy

180 calories

6 slices cucumber

5 pieces honeydew melon

5 mint leaves

3 ounces Inniskillin Vidal icewine

1 cucumber wheel, for garnish

1 mint sprig, for garnish

In a cocktail shaker, muddle cucumber, melon, and mint. Add Vidal and ice, and shake. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with cucumber and mint.( Via Shape.com

 

French Kiss Cocktail

116 calories (yield: 8 servings)

1 bottle champagne, Prosecco, or Moscato wine

1 package raspberries

8 mint leaves

1/2 lemon

A splash of vodka

1/2 tsp honey (Optional)

1 tsp chambord liqueur (optional)

Place 5 berries and 2 mint leaves in the bottom of your champagne glass. Using a spoon, muddle raspberries until slightly mashed. Fill glass with champagne, Prosecco, or Moscato. Add vodka and lemon juice. Optionally, add 1/2 tsp honey and 1 tsp chambord.. (Via Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

 

Nilla Basil Daiquirí

132 calories

4 basil leaves

1-1/2 tsp sugar-free vanilla syrup

2 oz rum

1/4 fresh lime, squeezed

Muddle 3 basil leaves with vanilla syrup and lime juice. Add rum and ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with remaining basil leaf..(Via The Intoxicologist

 

Skinny Blueberry Spritzer

117 calories

½ cup blueberry juice

2 tbsp lime juice

1 tsp fine sugar

¼ cup champagne

1 cup ice cubes

A few blueberries for garnish

In a measuring cup, combine blueberry juice, lime juice, and sugar, mixing well. Fill a glass to the top with ice cubes, then pour the blueberry juice mixture over the ice. Add champagne and a few blueberries. (Via Peanut Butter & Peppers)