Avoiding sugar and calorie overload? Getting tired of vodka sodas? No problem - you can indulge in a flavorful and satisfying adult beverage without breaking the diet. Here's how to enjoy a cocktail that's on the healthier side:
Ditch the sugary mixes
When it comes to cocktails, the biggest killer for your healthy diet is more likely what you're mixing with the alcohol rather than the liquor itself. Try some healthier alternatives, such as flavored sparkling water or zero-calorie soda. Shape magazine also suggested using fresh juice, tea mixers, low-calorie lemonade and seltzer when making diet-friendly drinks at home.
Go for the naturally healthy
Some cocktails actually call for ingredients that are already relatively light on the sugar and calories. Glamour rounded up some of the best drinks under 200 calories, including:
- Mojito: 150 calories
- Pomegranate martini: 111 calories
- Sour apple martini: 160 calories
- Tequila and soda: 100 calories
- Screwdriver: 190 calories
- Bloody Mary: 118 calories
The key is to sip on these in moderation and you'll get the flavor you want without ruining your healthy diet.
Or try the healthier twists
Most of your favorite cocktails have a more diet-friendly counterpart that's perfect for a health-conscious cheers. Make a cosmo with raspberry-infused vodka, club soda and small splashes of lime and cranberry for a touch of flavor without overloading on calories or sugar. Molly Morgan, R.D., C.D.N., C.S.S.D. and owner of Creative Nutrition Solutions, told Self magazine that forfeiting the simple syrup in a traditional Moscow mule makes the drink a more favorable 80 calories. If you're a fan of margaritas, the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell recommended these healthier recipes.
With that, we'll leave you to enjoy your cocktail - sans the excess calories and sugar.