Calories in holiday cocktails and better alternatives

By: Health Local Staff Dec 05, 2012
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Here are some of our favourite cocktails – and their calorie friendly alternative.

A time for celebration is always a time for cocktails, but the unfortunate truth is that apart from toasting with a glass of champagne (only 85 calories a glass!), most of our favourite alcoholic bevies are loaded with calories. But before you surrender to a bottle of “reduced calorie” beer, here are some of our favourite cocktails – and their calorie friendly alternative.

The Bad: The Cosmopolitan - 250+ calories
The Good: Sour Apple Martini – 160 calories
Bet you thought you’d have to completely swear off any and all martinis, but think again! This low-cal treat is made with 2 1/2 ounces of sour mix and only 3/4 ounce of vodka, but packs the same punch as a high calorie martini.

The Bad: Strawberry Margarita – 230+ calories
The Good: Vodka and Diet Citrus Soda – 100 calories
Ruined more than one outfit in your day thanks to a splash of wine or a strawberry margarita? Then give this clear, stainless low calorie drink a try. Simply add one ounce of vodka to 4 ounces of any citrus-flavoured diet soda (like Sprite Zero) and you’re set!

The Bad: White Russians – 338 calories
The Good: Mudslides – 90 calories
Surprised that this super sweet drink is on the list? So were we. The key here is to leave the cream out of it. To make a few for you and your guests, take 3 tsp of a sugar free mocha cappuccino powder, 4 oz of Kahlua’s “Ready to Drink” Mudslide, 8 oz of water and about 20 cubes of ice. Give it a whirl in the blender and serve.

The Bad: Long Island Iced Tea – up to 780 calories
The Good: Rum and Diet Coke – 65 calories
This drink, notoriously known to be a favourite amongst “skinny” or dieting individuals, is the lowest in calories amongst the lot. Use Coke Zero, and you have a carb-free Atkin’s friendly cocktail! If you feel like changing it up a bit, then try substituting the rum with vanilla-flavoured vodka.

The Bad: Brandy and Eggnog on the Rocks – up to 422 calories
The Good: Bethenny Frankel’s “Eggnog Cocktail” - 148 calories
Who knew that any eggnog cocktail would be considered low-cal? The key to this sweet holiday treat is that you make the eggnog yourself rather than depend on those ultra fattening premade grocery story eggnogs.

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