If you’ve worked hard all summer to keep your beach body intact, you don’t want to spoil it over the Labor Day Weekend! If you want to celebrate with some adult beverages, without packing on the pounds, here are some refreshing low-calorie recipes you can try.
Vodka & Club Soda with Lemon/Lime
Not the most exciting option – but definitely one of the lowest calorie options out there. This is always a go to for me. I prefer to use Ketel One Vodka, which is also available as Ketel One Citroen or Ketel One Oranje for a little extra flavor.
Real Strawberry Daiquiri
So many frozen drinks are high in calories due to the heavy corn syrup and other sweeteners they are made with, as is the case with many pre-made daiquiri mixes. Ditch the mix and make your own for only 135 calories each! Puree 1 cup of strawberries in a blender with 1 oz. of light rum and a handful of ice cubes, then sprinkle with sugar.
White Strawberry-Lemon Sangria
- 2 lemons, thinly sliced
- 1 apple, cored and sliced (any kind)
- 1 cup strawberries, hulled and sliced lengthwise
- 1 (750 ml) bottle white wine (a dry-ish white wine is best – I like Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay)
- 1/2 cup light rum
- 4 cups lemon-lime soda
- Add lemon slices to a large pitcher, then the apples, then the strawberries.
- Pour the wine and rum over the top.
- Cover and place in the refrigerator for 4 – 5 hours.
- Remove from refrigerator and add the lemon lime soda. Add a few pieces of the fruit to your glass and pour sangria over to serve.
Skinny Pina Colada
Take all the heavy mix away, and try this natural juice twist of this tropical favorite. Combine 2 oz. of Cocnut Vodka, 1/4 oz. of Pineapple Vodka, 2 oz of Club Soda, a splash of pineapple juice and a squeeze of fresh lemon. Mix and pour over ice. Garnish with pineapple for an added touch!
Skinny Girl Cosmo
You can’t have a low-calorie list without including the original Skinny Girl creator – Bethenny Frankel. If you are a cosmo lover, be sure to pick up a bottle of pre-mixed Skinnygirl White Cranberry Cosmo. It doesn’t get any simpler – just chill with ice, strain and pour! Bethenny describes the cocktail as “a sassy take on a classic drink, combining hints of orange essence, subtle lime, berry fruit notes, and cranberry into a natural, agave-sweetened wonder.” Only 100 calories per serving!
Strawberry-Citrus Vodka Cocktail
In a shaker, muddle together 1 sprig of mint and 2 strawberries, then add 3/4 ounce of light agave nectar, 1 3/4 oz. of Citrus vodka and 3/4 oz. lemon juice. Pour entire contents of the shaker into a tall glass over crushed ice. (Be sure to include all of the mint and strawberry pulp).
In case none of these options suit your taste, here are some quick tips from Greatist.com that you can use to adapt some of your other go-to cocktails.