Enjoying a stress-free night at the bar with your friends can be a difficult task if you’re too busy counting calories. Consuming several alcoholic drinks can be a fast way to an expanding waistline, and you can easily feel like your only options are staying at home away from temptation or abandoning your diet altogether by gorging on daiquiris.
But not all alcoholic beverages are made equal — there are many alternatives to popular cocktails that you can order without sacrificing taste. Consider these drinks the next time you go out, and don’t feel guilty ordering another round. Just remember, the best way to stay on track of your diet is to keep count of what you’re consuming. So make sure you find out the caloric content of each drink before you order.
Diet Cuba Libre
This simple drink, made of white rum, Diet Coke, and a splash of lime, is only 65 calories per glass, all coming from the rum. Liven it up by rubbing the rim of the glass with a lime before popping it into the drink itself.
A normal margarita can be anywhere between 400 to 700 calories, depending on how much sugar-filled sour mix used. This healthy alternative just uses two shots of tequila, lime juice, and orange liqueur, and it”s 200 calories.
This drink, typically enjoyed during brunch, only has about 120 calories. Plus, you’re basically drinking a vegetable, so there’s some nutritional benefit to this tomato juice-based beverage.
Light White Russian
Want a sweet alternative to a White Russian (257 calories)? Serve half a cup of almond milk (20 calories) with a shot of Smirnoff Vanilla Vodka (60) and a shot of Kahlua (91 calories) over ice. It tastes just as delicious and cuts off more than 100 calories.
Whipped Cream Vodka & Orange Juice
Make your drink taste like a creamsicle by combining a shot of Smirnoff’s Whipped Cream Vodka (69 calories) with 4 ounces of orange juice (55 calories) over ice.
Need to warm up? Order this whiskey-based beverage, served hot with black tea, honey, and lemon. It’s only 150 calories and has been known to help relieve cold symptoms.
If you’re craving a mojito, try the low-cal version instead, made from light rum, soda water, mint and just a small teaspoon of sugar or even sugar substitute. It clocks in at 122 calories, and you can make it even healthier by replacing the sugar with some fresh fruit slices.
A normal 4-ounce Cosmo, made of vodka, cranberry juice, triple sec, and lime juice, isn’t too bad to order if you’re counting calories. But you can cut that Cosmo’s 200 calories down by using raspberry-flavored vodka, club soda, a splash of cranberry, and a squeeze of citrus.