Fit Finds: Low Calorie Cocktails

Low Calorie Cocktails/ Photo: Romulo Yanes

Happy Saturday! In the spirit of the weekend, we thought we’d suggest a few low calorie options for your summer party refreshments. These refreshing summer cocktail recipes from Women’s Health clock in at 200 calories or less and include health benefits. Cheers to these guilt-free drinks! But don’t forget to mind your mixers! Drink add-ins can go straight to your hips! Here are the calorie counts for two ounces of:

  • Club soda: 0
  • Tomato juice: 10
  • Tonic water: 21
  • Other soda: 26
  • Fruit juice: 30–39
  • Simple syrup: 100
  • Grenadine: 214
  • Coconut cream: 271

And now for the drink recipes…

Kiwi Daiquiri
Underneath that fuzzy exterior, kiwi packs a dose of fiber, which helps you stay fuller longer.
1 1/2 oz white rum
1 kiwi, peeled and quartered
1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1/4 tsp lime zest
2 1/2 tsp agave nectar
1 cup crushed ice

Puree all ingredients in a blender. Serve in a chilled rocks glass and garnish with a kiwi slice.

Hibiscus Margarita
Research has found that hibiscus tea may naturally lower blood pressure.
1 1/2 oz tequila
4 oz brewed and cooled hibiscus tea (or try a bottle like The Republic of Tea Natural Hibiscus Iced Tea)
1 tsp agave nectar
Ice

Shake all ingredients in a shaker, then strain into a chilled martini glass. Rub an orange peel around the glass’s rim, then use as garnish.

Nectarine-Basil Vodka Collins
We love an herb with a perk. Basil has been shown to lower blood glucose and cholesterol levels.
1 1/2 oz Square One Basil organic vodka
1 wedge of lemon muddled with 3 slices of nectarine and 1 tsp agave nectar
2–4 oz seltzer

Combine ingredients in a chilled collins glass. Serve with ice and garnish with a nectarine slice.

Green Tea-ni
Drinking green tea can lower cholesterol, fight bad breath, and reduce body weight, and may even ward off cancer.
1 1/2 oz gin
4 oz brewed and chilled (or bottled) green tea
2 tsp honey
Ice

Shake all ingredients in a shaker, then strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with lemon zest.

Thyme Lemonade
Perfect for an even happier hour: The scent of lemon is a mood booster.
1 1/2 oz limoncello
5 sprigs fresh thyme muddled with 1 wheel of lemon
Ice
4 oz seltzer

Shake everything but seltzer in a shaker. Pour over ice, top with seltzer, and garnish with a lemon wheel and thyme sprig.

Blueberry Julep
Spiking a Southern favorite with blueberries helps decrease your risk for type 2 diabetes.
6 1 oz bourbon 
1/4 cup fresh blueberries muddled with 1 wedge of lemon and 1 tsp brown sugar + 2–4 oz seltzer

Combine all ingredients and serve over ice in a chilled rocks glass. Garnish with a blueberry skewer.

Cheers from the Skin and Body Spa!

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