Sticking to your diet may not be an issue for you, but sometimes you just want to relax and have a cocktail. Mixed drinks can contain a lot of calories and can really break a diet. For comparison, a six-ounce Pina Colada contains 378 calories and an eight ounce Long Island Iced Tea contains a whopping 780 calories. Fortunately for dieters that like to imbibe, there are some low calorie alcoholic drinks that can be enjoyed once in a while that will not cause a diet setback.
Keep it Simple
Keeping it simple makes it easier to keep track of calories. Gin,rum, vodka and whiskey have about 65-70 calories per ounce. So, a rum and Diet Coke or vodka and Diet Sprite is pretty easy to keep track of calorie wise. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that the higher proof, the higher the calorie count. One ounce of 70 proof vodka has 55 calories, while 100 proof contains 85 calories.
Flavor Infused Alcohol Reduces Calories
Manufacturers have created flavor-infused alcohols that help to create low calorie cocktail recipes without added sugar. There are many varieties available, from citrus to bacon and everything in between. For a cocktail that tastes like a creamsicle, mix vanilla vodka with diet orange soda. Some Cool Whip Free can be added to make it creamy without adding a lot of calories.
Low Calorie Mixers Add Flavor Without Adding Sugar
Another way to reduce calories is to use low-calorie or diet mixers. Diet soda, Crystal Light, or even sugar-free Kool-Aid come in wonderful flavors that can rival any of the high-sugar kind. Diet drinks like Fuze Slenderize can make excellent cocktails without adding a ton of calories, and they even have vitamins and nutrients. A bottle of FUZE Slenderize Blueberry Raspberry mixed with two ounces of raspberry flavored vodka over ice makes two refreshing, healthy cocktails.
Simple syrup is often used to add sweetness to alcoholic drinks but adds a lot of calories. Sugar-free syrups like Torani or DaVinci’s that are normally used for coffee can be used as a substitute for simple syrup. They are available in a myriad of flavors, or plain made from sucralose. A low calorie Fuzzy Navel can be made with one ounce of Davinci Gourmet Peach All Natural Syrup, one ounce of vodka, five ounces of orange juice and ice. To reduce calories further, Crystal Light Sunrise mix can be substituted for the orange juice.
Wine Is Always a Safe Bet
Red and white wine contain between 120-130 calories a glass, and are always an excellent choice when choosing to drink because they do have some healthy properties. Franzia wine in the box is even lower in calories than other wines and has 90-100 calories a glass. One way to reduce the calorie count, and make it bubbly, is to add club soda or Diet Sprite. Depending on the ratio of soda to wine, this can cut the calories in half.
Ty Ku Soju
Ty Ku Soju is a distilled spirit from Asia. It is similar to vodka, but has half the amount of calories and is smoother than vodka. It is very versatile and is said to have better taste absorbing qualities than vodka so it needs less juice and mixers. It is an excellent spirit for calorie watchers.
Alcohol in moderation can still be enjoyed when you are on a diet if you do it right. Keep in mind that 1-2 drinks are probably best if you want to stick to your diet. But on those special nights you do want to indulge, try some of the recipes above!