Summer’s here, and that means it’s time for frosty cocktails and outdoor bars. But not all icy drinks are created equal: A couple of your after-work favorites can be equivalent to a whole day’s worth of calories—or a nice big piece of cheesecake. Here’s where some summer favorites stack up on the health scale. (The most calorific drink may surprise you.)
6. Daiquiri. A frozen strawberry daiquiri, made from strawberry schnapps, rum, lime juice, sugar and strawberries, contains about 220 calories. Using a prefabricated mix or fruit juices will boost the calorie count even more, says Jackie Warner, a fitness trainer and the star of the Bravo network’s “Work Out.” “You really want to not combine juices with liquor, because juices are loaded with sugar, and then liquor has alcohol sugar, so you’re loading the sugars together,” she says.
5. Mojito. The classic mojito—a mixture of lime juice, sugar, mint leaves, rum and soda—will run you about 242 calories, according to cookinglight.com. Rum is already a little more calorie-heavy than other liquors, so Warner suggests asking for a sugarless mojito to up the health value. “People would be shocked how tasty it really is,” she says. “And the hangover the next day is much, much less.” (A big dose of sugar can contribute to your morning-after headache.)
4. Mint Julep. You don’t need a straw hat or a horserace to drink a mint julep. But the concoction of bourbon and mint-and-sugar syrup might set your diet back. One glass contains about 472 calories, according to allrecipes.com.
3. Piña Colada. If you like piña coladas, watch out: the rum, pineapple juice and cream of coconut drink can contain up to 650 calories. Using crushed pineapple, fat-free ice cream, sugar-free syrup and Splenda will make the drink significantly healthier, although maybe a little less fun.
2. Mudslide. A 12-ounce frozen mudslide—made with vodka, Kahlua liqueur, Bailey’s Irish Cream and vanilla ice cream—tastes like an alcoholic milkshake and is just about as unhealthy. It has 820 calories and 27.2 grams of fat, according to drinksmixer.com. That’s equivalent to a Carl’s Jr. Loaded Breakfast Burrito or two 44-ounce soft drinks and would eat up more than half of a 1,500-calorie-a-day diet.
1. Margarita. Jimmy Buffet fans might not be too happy to hear it, but Margaritas may be the summer’s least healthy drink. If you use a sugar-saturated Margarita mix, add tequila or Triple Sec, and then pour the drink into a salt-rimmed glass, the result could set you back 850 calories, Warner says. “That’s insane,” she says. “I would much rather have a slice of cheesecake.” (Margaritas prepared from scratch can have half as many calories.)
But there’s hope for the thirsty partygoer: Warner recommends opting for lower-calorie options, like a vodka mojito, or cutting back on unhealthy mixers like juices or sodas. “You can get sugar-free mixers or anything diet,” she says. “You can get diet tonic now, so you can add a little spritz of tonic and you can add lemons. There’s all kinds of ways to flavor it with no calories whatsoever.” Her drink of choice? A vodka on the rocks (115 calories). You could also go with a simple glass of rosé, which only has 105 calories and is probably cheaper than a frozen drink, too.
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- Nutrition for Vodka Mojito Spritz
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- Vodka Mojito Spritz
The 9 alcoholic drinks to avoid if you want to lose weight — and what you should order instead
As the weather warms up, dining al fresco and barbeques in the sun can make it all too easy for the drinks to slip down.
However, enjoying a tipple or two doesn’t have to ruin your weight loss efforts you might be aiming for.
Here is a list of some of the most popular high-calorie alcoholic drinks with suggested alternatives, put together by online food retailer MuscleFood.com.
From Champagne over Chardonnay to martinis over mojitos, scroll down to see the nine worst things you can drink for your diet, along with the calorie count per drink — and what you should be drinking instead.
Swap a Long Island Iced Tea (424 calories) for a Cosmopolitan (100 calories).
A cosmopolitan is made with vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and freshly squeezed lime juice or sweetened lime juice. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
With an ingredient list that contains vodka, gin, rum, tequila, triple sec, and coke, it’s no wonder that a typical 420ml glass of Long Island contains a whopping 424 calories.
A Cosmopolitan has much less alcohol and only a small amount of cranberry juice, meaning a typical 250ml martini glass contains only 100 calories — less than a quarter of a Long Island.
Swap a Pina Colada (300 calories) for a Fuzzy Navel (120 calories).
Pina Coladas are the perfect beachside cocktail, but thanks to the added coconut and pineapple mixers, these drinks regularly contain a high calorie count of around 300 calories per 230ml.
A Fuzzy Navel contains just peach schnapps and orange juice, making it an ideal fruity replacement at around 120 calories per 115ml drink.
Swap a Mojito (242 calories) for a Martini (70 calories).
Mojitos are a summertime favourite, but thanks to the sugar syrup a typical 230ml glass can contain as many as 242 calories.
A Martini has no additional mixers, meaning that a 250ml glass only contains a measly 70 calories — providing you don’t eat the olive, of course.
Swap an Alcopop (253 calories) for a Diet Rum & Coke (115 calories).
Alcopops or coolers often contain heaps of added sugars, and an average 340ml bottle can have up to 253 calories.
For an equally sweet but lower calorie drink, a diet rum and coke can contain as little as 115 calories per 280ml serving, making this an ideal sweet alcoholic swap.
Swap your gin & tonic (170 calories) for a slimline gin & tonic (115 calories).
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Swap a sweet white wine (160 calories) for a glass of Champagne (89 calories)
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Swap a Long Island Iced Tea (424 calories) for a Cosmopolitan (100 calories) Getty Images/iStockphoto
Swap a vodka tonic (175 calories) for a vodka, soda, and lime (106 calories) Getty/iStock
Swap an Alcopop (253 calories) for a Diet Rum & Coke (115 calories) Alamy
A moscow mule cocktail is made with vodka, ginger beer, lime juice and ice. Getty Images/iStockphoto
Swap your gin & tonic (170 calories) for a slimline gin & tonic (115 calories) iStock Swap a Mojito (242 calories) for a Martini (70 calories) Getty Swap a sweet white wine (160 calories) for a glass of Champagne (89 calories) Swap a Pina Colada (300 calories) for a Fuzzy Navel (120 calories) Alamy Swap a Long Island Iced Tea (424 calories) for a Cosmopolitan (100 calories) Getty Images/iStockphoto Swap a vodka tonic (175 calories) for a vodka, soda, and lime (106 calories) Getty/iStock Swap an Alcopop (253 calories) for a Diet Rum & Coke (115 calories) Alamy A moscow mule cocktail is made with vodka, ginger beer, lime juice and ice. Getty Images/iStockphoto
A gin & tonic is one of the UK’s favourite drinks, but due to the added sugars of tonic water, a typical 210ml serving can contain about 170 calories.
A similar 210ml serving of gin & slimline tonic contains just 115 calories, saving you an average of 55 calories per glass.
Swap a sweet white wine (160 calories) for a glass of Champagne (89 calories).
The additional sugar in a sweet white wine means that a 175ml medium glass can average about 160 calories.
Champagne has one of the lowest calorie counts for a carbonated drink, with one 120ml serving containing only 89 calories.
Swap a vodka tonic (175 calories) for a vodka, soda, and lime (106 calories).
As with the gin & tonic, it’s the soda water that gives the vodka tonic a relatively high calorie count of 175 calories for 280ml.
Vodka, soda, and lime has no extra sugar and a low calories count of just 106 calories for the same measure.
Swap a Margarita (280 calories) for a Moscow Mule (120 calories).
A moscow mule cocktail is made with vodka, ginger beer, lime juice and ice. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Margaritas are another fashionable cocktail that sadly arent’ particularly healthy, with 280 calories per 230ml serving.
Try swapping for an equally classy Moscow Mule, as these contain just 120 calories per 170ml serving.
Swap a pint of lager (208 calories) for a Barbell Brew Beer (92 calories).
There’s a reason why so many lager drinkers carry a beer belly, as the average pint of the nation’s favourite beer contains roughly 208 calories.
Protein beers like Barbell Brew Beer are becoming increasingly popular amongst fitness fans who still want to enjoy their favourite alcoholic beverage, as they contain around 92 calories per 330ml serving.
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This low carb mojito is a wonderfully refreshing cocktail! Sugar free and keto recipe.
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I really enjoyed making the strawberry daiquiri a few weeks ago – so next I tried making a low carb mojito! I love cocktails but I rarely order them in bars or restaurants these days because the ones I like usually contain far too much sugar. But some cocktails are pretty easy to convert to a low carb version and this mojito is really refreshing!
Love cocktails? You might like to check out all my other low carb drinks!
How to Make a Low Carb Mojito
The first step is to muddle the mint in a glass – muddling releases the mint oils and is essential for the flavor! You can muddle with a cocktail muddler or just use a wooden spoon! In a cocktail shaker, add some light rum, lime juice, sweetener and lots of ice. Up to you which sweetener you use – I’ve tried it with granular Swerve and it was really good. Liquid stevia would work well too – especially if you were making this without a cocktail shaker.
Shake it all up and then pour it over the mint. Top up with club soda.
Low Carb Mojito #lowcarb #sugarfree
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- 2 tbs fresh mint leaves
- 1 fl oz light rum
- 1 tsp lime juice
- 1 teaspoon preferred low carb sweetener
- ice cubes
- club soda or seltzer water
- Muddle the mint leaves in the base of a glass with a wooden spoon or muddler.
- In a cocktail shaker, add lime juice, rum, sweetener and ice. Shake until well mixed.
- Pour into the rum mixture into the glass and top with club soda.
Approximately 2g net carbs per serving.
Yield 1 Serving Size Whole recipe
Amount Per ServingCalories 67 Total Fat 0g Saturated Fat 0g Sodium 1mg Carbohydrates 2g Net Carbohydrates 2g Fiber 0g Nutritional information for this recipe is provided as a courtesy and is my best approximation. I cannot guarantee completely accurate data due to variations in ingredients and cooking methods. Carbohydrates from sugar alcohols are not included in net carb counts as it has been shown that they do not impact blood sugar. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber. Save
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Make Your Own Mojito With Under 100 Calories
This is not a drill.
While a typical mojito can contain over 250 calories and upwards of 25 grams of sugar, this version is virtually sugar-free and only adds 70 boozy calories to your night.
When you’re trying to cut back on added sugars and syrups, social gatherings can get really depressing. I mean, who wants to sit there empty-handed while your friends are pounding cocktails? Sure, you know deep down that they’re pounding tons of sugar and chemicals, too. You know you’re sparing your body the empty calories from syrups and spirits.
But that doesn’t mean it’s not a huge bummer.
Of course one night of drinking isn’t going to harm your waistline, or even make any real difference in your overall health. But we know you’ve been looking for a healthy way to get your fix of summery drinks without the sugar crash and indigestion that comes with all the simple syrups.
This recipe is your answer.
First, you need to make some sugar-free simple syrup. Here’s how to do it.
Boil some water (around a cup) in a small saucepan. Add two tablespoons of powdered stevia. Continue to boil the water until the stevia dissolves completely.
Once it’s dissolved, transfer your watery mixture into a small cup and add a bunch of mint leaves. Place the cup in the fridge for at least 20 minutes. If you want a stronger mint flavor, leave it in longer.
Now, you’re ready for your mojito. Fill your glass halfway with ice. Mix one part rum with two parts syrup. Add a few squeezes of lime juice and fill the rest of the glass with soda water.
(Note: Don’t use tonic water! That stuff is absolutely loaded with sugar.)
Add in a few mint leaves and a wedge of lime if you’re feeling fancy!
Ooh, la, la, a vodka mojito recipe! My partner and I don’t get out too often now that we have our littles at home, but we do a weekly date night in after the kiddos go to bed. We play our favorite games and enjoy a couple of keto friendly cocktails. I’m the Scrabble Queen, and he slays Cinelinx. It’s great, I get a little tipsy and boast about the time I won a spelling bee in second grade while he throws back a couple and geeks out on IMDB. It’s not the most glamorous nightlife, but we have a total blast together!
Recently, we started experimenting with new cocktails during our date night. This has been so much fun, he gets all Tom Cruise-y and I get to step out of my beverage choice comfort zone.
(In case you were wondering, alcohol and keto don’t have to be mutually exclusive! Check out the keto diet alcohol guide for more info.)
I’ll admit, it’s been a little tricky coming up with yummy cocktails that fit into a keto diet, but we are totally getting the hang of it! And quite honestly, I think we’ve struck gold with a couple of our concoctions so far. One of my favorites has been the vodka mojito.
There’s a local restaurant stationed on the waterfront nearby with fantastic happy hour specials and even more amazing cocktails. Their vodka mojito is hands down my all time favorite HH special. It’s fresh; it’s delicious, it’s boozy! It’s also packed full of carbs.
We made a low carb version of the drink, and it tastes IDENTICAL! Eureka!
This drink is so incredible; I have a hard time wanting to experiment with other cocktails now. I mean, how can you top perfection?
It’s easy to make, the ingredients are simple, and it only has 2g Net Carbs.
The recipe is straightforward. I promise you don’t have to be a mixologist to pull this one off. You’ll just need vodka, ice, lime juice, fresh mint, Stevia or Erythritol, a little club soda, and a desire to get tipsy. The fresh mint and lime combination is super refreshing, and the Stevia (or Erythritol) sweetens the deal without spoiling your entire diet.
That’s right! You can still enjoy a cocktail without killing your progress on the keto diet! Just be sure to make the right drink choices. A few pointers:
- Watch your carbs
- Look out for sneaky hidden sugars
- Stay hydrated and keep your electrolytes in check
- Be aware that you are probably a pretty cheap date now
PSA: Lots of people report that their alcohol tolerance level significantly drops once they are on the keto diet. Be safe and limit yourself to one or two drinks. Don’t go crazy or you’ll risk a hangover from hell!
Update: When I first posted this recipe a couple of years back, I used packets of Splenda thinking they were A-OK for keto. Granulated Splenda has maltodextrin in it, which is basically just sugar and will make your blood sugar skyrocket. Best to stay away from it! I wanted to be sure to update this post with sweeteners that I currently use so you don’t make the same mistakes I do.We’re all in it together! Stevia or Erythritol (or a blend of both) are an excellent choice of sweetener for the keto diet.
Vodka Mojito: Low Carb & Sugar Free
A diet friendly mojito! YAS! Prep Time: 2 minutes Total Time: 2 minutes Course: Cocktail Cuisine: American Special Diet: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian Servings: 1 drink Calories: 109kcal Author: Tasha Metcalf
- 4 leaves Mint fresh
- 2 tbsp Lime Juice 2 Tablespoons
- 2 g Granulated Stevia
- Ice Cubed or Crushed
- 1 shot Vodka
- 1 splash Club Soda
- Lime Slice for Garnish (optional)
- Using a muddler or other utensil, smash fresh mint leaves with lime and Stevia.
- Fill glass with ice of preference.
- Add vodka.
- Finish off with club soda.
- Garnish with a lime slice and mint.
2g net carbs
Calories: 109kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Sodium: 1mg | Vitamin C: 9mg Tried this recipe?Mention @KETOGASM or tag #ketogasm!
Nutrition for Vodka Mojito Spritz
Cocktails on a Tuesday, why not? This vodka mojito spritz is my jam lately so I figured I would share it with you! All I craved when pregnant was beer for some reason so when I was no longer pregnant I was so excited to have all the beeeeer. BUT now that I am realizing my alcohol intake can’t be calorie and carb heavy if I want to get back into shape – skinny cocktails it is! Remember that honey syrup I made last week? Well that is the sweetener I use in this. It has the perfect balance of sweet, sour and bubbly and it is a great cocktail for the end of summer! I like to think fall is really starting but the native southern californian I am knows better – we still have 1 sold month left of warmer weather.
Yesterday was actually chilly and overcast in the morning while at my stroller strides workout and it was glorious!! I also think this postpartum life makes me hot all the time so why not cool down with a Vodka Mojito Spritz. I always used to be cold at all times and since pregnancy I run hot hot hot! So I am extra excited for fall because this AC bill from being home all summer with a newborn is quite a situation. Until the days of hot toddys come around, make yourself this DELISH drink! It would also be amazing without the alcohol if you just want a tasty drink too. So let’s get the details:
I love my soda stream for times like this! I love adding bubble to just about anything I drink.
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This Vodka Mojito Spritz is so refreshing and its a much healthier option than a normal mojito that uses a syrup and added sugar. If you are a seltzer lover, you know there is 0 calories and many flavors you can choose from to spice up your beverage life without adding additional calories or sugar. This recipe has two servings in it and each beverage is less than 130 calories. A typical mojito can range from 200-400 calories! Plus having mostly seltzer in this beverage it is helping you stay hydrated!
Vodka Mojito Spritz
- Author: Kelsey
- 3 shots of vodka
- 2 shots of lime juice
- 1 shot of honey syrup
- 5–7 mint leaves (plus a few extra for garnish
- sparkling water or club soda
- In a cocktail shaker combine vodka, lime juice, honey syrup, and mint leaves.
- Use a muddler (or end of a wooden spoon) and smash the mint leaves into the drink.
- Fill 2 glasses with ice the pour the mixture (while straining to remove mint leaves) into each glass.
- Fill the rest of the glass with sparkling water then garnish with some mint leaves!
__Sailor Jerry Spiced Mojito:__145 calories
3 parts Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
2 parts fresh lime juice
2 parts simple syrup
10 loose mint leaves
4 parts soda water
Combine ingredients (except soda) in a mixing glass and shake well. Pour directly into highball glass, top with ice and soda. Garnish with generous fresh mint sprig and lime.
Havana Central’s Frozen Mojito Sorbet: At 200 calories per serving, this one may count more as a dessert!
1 1/2 cup white rum
16 lime wheels (approximately two limes)
1 cup simple syrup
40 mint leaves (approximately half a bunch)
1/2 cup Sprite
1/2 cup club soda
Optional: 1/2 cup fruit puree (mango, passion fruit, guava, etc.)
In a glass pitcher add limes and mint. Muddle until mint breaks up. Add rum and simple syrup. Add fruit puree, if desired. Stir until all ingredients are mixed. Add Sprite and soda, then gently stir. Pour mojito mixture into a 9-by-13-by-2-inch cake pan. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze overnight. Spoon the frozen mojito into a chilled martini glass and serve.
What do you think—will you try any of these recipes?
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