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Alcohol Drinks With Low Calories

author image Kelsey Casselbury
Kelsey Casselbury has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Penn State-University Park and formal education in fitness and nutrition. Collins is an experienced blogger, editor and designer, who specializes in nutrition, fitness, weddings, food and parenting topics. She has been published in association and consumer publications, along with daily newspapers such as The Daily Times (Salisbury, Md.)
Alcohol Drinks With Low Calories
A standard cosmo contains more than 200 calories. Photo Credit: SamRyley/iStock/Getty Images

It's hard to fit alcoholic beverages into a weight-loss diet. However, when it's time for a night out on the town and you don't want to be the only one drinking a club soda, you have some low-cal options -- as long as you choose wisely.

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Take your knowledge of nutrition and apply it to cocktail making. For example, you know that tonic water has a bevy of sugar in it, making your gin and tonic a calorie bomb. Substitute that tonic water for calorie-free club soda, add a lime wedge and you have yourself a low-cal cocktail. Look for other calorie-free mixers, such as diet soda, then you'll only be ingesting the calories in the spirit itself. For most spirits, such as rum, whiskey, tequila, vodka and gin, it's 97 calories per 1.5-ounce shot.

Low-Calorie Drinks

Some of your favorite drinks are high in calories. The cosmopolitan, for example, has more than 200 calories per 4 ounces. Reduce the calories by mixing raspberry-infused vodka with club soda and a splash of cranberry juice for a similar-tasting drink with just 115 calories. Margaritas are notorious for their caloric content, particularly when jumbo-sized. Pick tequila over ice with two limes instead for just 100 calories. If the taste of tequila is too much for you, add a splash of club soda and an extra lime to dilute it. Light beers run around 105 calories each, while red and white wines contain between 120 and 125 calories per 5 ounces.

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