After a long, stressful day at work, there’s nothing better than kicking back and relaxing with a drink. Whether it’s grabbing a few cosmos with the girls or enjoying an aperitif before dinner, a yummy cocktail is the ideal way to unwind…until you check out the calorie count! Mixed drinks are brimming with syrups, sugars, and other diet-blowing extras. Avoid the detrimental happy hour calories with these easy-to-prepare cocktails, all 150 calories or less. These skinny drinks still pack a flavorful punch!
Pimm’s Cup / Serves 1
This unique cocktail, which started as an English summer drink and is popular at Wimbledon, is perfect for a party or get-together.
1/2-inch thick English cucumber wheel | 1/2-inch thick lemon wheel | 2 ounces Pimm’s No. 1 | 4 ounces ginger ale | lemon twist
Fill glasses with ice cubes. | Pour 2 oz. of Pimm’s into glass. | Follow with Ginger Ale stirring to combine. | Garnish with 1 lemon wheel or lemon twist and 1 cucumber wheel.
Bloody Mary / Serves 1
The spicy brunch staple is only 76 calories per serving with this easy recipe.
Celery salt | 1 Lemon wedge | 1 Lime wedge | 2 oz Premium Vodka | 4 oz Tomato juice | 2 dashes Tabasco Sauce | 2 tsp Prepared horseradish | 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce | 1 pinch Celery salt | 1 pinch Ground black pepper | 1 pinch Smoked paprika | celery stalk and lime wedge
Pour some celery salt onto a small plate. Rub the juicy side of the lemon or lime wedge along the lip of a pint glass. Roll the outer edge of the glass in celery salt until fully coated. Fill with ice and set aside. Squeeze the lemon and lime wedges into a shaker and drop them in. Add the remaining ingredients and fill with ice. Shake gently and strain into the prepared glass. Garnish with a celery stalk and a lime wedge.
Randarita / Serves 1
This signature mixed drink concocted by country singer Miranda Lambert is both low maintenance and low calorie.
1 shot (1 oz) vodka | 1 bottle (16 oz) water | 1 packet Crystal Light On The Go Raspberry Lemonade Mix | 1 splash diet carbonated lemon-lime soda
In a 12-oz glass, add ice and vodka. | Add Crystal Light Raspberry Lemonade to bottled water and shake to mix. | Pour half of the mixture into the glass, leaving one inch of space. | Add a splash of soda and a straw.
For dark liquor fans, indulge in this classic American cocktail without breaking your diet.
½ teaspoon granulated sugar | 2 dashes Angostura bitters | 2 ounces bourbon | ½ teaspoon water | 1 twist of lemon peel
In a whiskey glass, add sugar and bitters. | Add bourbon and stir with a small bar spoon until sugar dissolves. | Fill glass with ice and a splash of water. | Stir once more and garnish with a lemon peel twist.
Cucumber Melon Sangria / Serves 6
Skip the extra sugar in this refreshing white sangria recipe full of fresh fruit and deliciousness.
1 750mL bottle of Sauvignon blanc, dry Riesling, or other white wine | ½ cup dry vermouth | 2 cups diced honeydew melon | 1 cup diced cucumber | ½ cup torn fresh basil leaves | 1 cup chilled plain seltzer
Combine wine, vermouth, melon, cucumber, and basil in a large pitcher. | Refrigerate until cold, around 4 hours. | Just before serving, stir in seltzer. | Serve over ice.