Cocktails Under 150 Calories

Sidestep the extra calories of elaborate happy-hour drinks with these easy-to-make cocktails that maximize flavor without blowing your diet.  By: Maureen Callahan, RD

  • Champagne Cocktails
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey

    Low-Calorie Cocktails

    Cocktails can pack on a caloric punch when prepared with high-calorie mixers like juice, soda, tonic water, and simple syrup. Keep things light with these 10 skinny drink recipes.

    In this recipe unsweetened pink grapefruit juice, fresh pink grapefruit sections, and vodka are sweetened with canned lychee fruit for an unusual Asian style cocktail. Serve at fancy winter parties or with casual Asian take out and enjoy the tart-sweet flavor contrast.

     

  • Gingered Pear and Brandy Cocktail
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr, Jan Gautro, Leigh Ann Ross

    Gingered Pear and Brandy Cocktail

    Pear juice adds a welcome taste of fall to this skinny cocktail made with cognac, homemade sugar syrup and lemon twists. Short on time? Substitute agave or honey in place of the sugar for a no-cook syrup.
  • Champagne Cocktails
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey

    Champagne Cocktails

    Always a classic, this specialty drink uses sugar cubes and bitters to add an elegant look to a simple flute of inexpensive champagne or sparkling wine. Both the sugar cube and bitters help balance a wine’s acidity.
  • Pimm's Cup
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Pimm's Cup

    Looking for a unique cocktail for your next party? A favorite among Wimbledon tennis goers, this refreshingly light British drink pairs lemon and ginger with the spicy fruit flavors of a gin-based liqueur called Pimm’s No. 1 cup.
  • Bloody Mary
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Bloody Mary

    Everyone’s favorite brunch cocktail is whittled down to a mere 76 calories per serving in this easy recipe made with bottled tomato juice, worcestershire, horseradish and ground celery seeds. Sans alcohol it makes for a spicy tomato drink.
  • Slushy Watermelon Mojitos
    Photo: Lee Harrelson / Styling: Virginia Cravens

    Slushy Watermelon Mojitos

    A quintessential taste of summer, this blender mojito takes some nifty, light shortcuts combining frozen cubed watermelon with limeade concentrate and sparkling water. Substitute precut frozen cantaloupe or other melon varieties for a flavor twist.
  • Champagne Limoncello Cocktails
    Photo: Sang An; Styling: Pam Morris

    Champagne Limoncello Cocktails

    Happy hour doesn’t get much easier or more elegant with this simple cocktail made with a tart-sweet Italian liqueur called limoncello, lemon juice, and champagne. Here’s a toast to your health, or as the French say, a votre sante.
  • Hot Mojito Tea
    James Carrier

    Hot Mojito Tea

    A twist on the classic mojito cocktail takes this cold drink and turns it into a warm and cozy fireside sipper made with steeped black tea, brown sugar, lime juice, mint and rum. With only 86 calories, it’s an ultra light indulgence.
  • Champagne Pomegranate Cocktail
    Randy Mayor

    Champagne Pomegranate Cocktail

    Pomegranate juice tints it red but ginger ale, brandy and Champagne add the extra layers of flavor that make this sparkling, festive cocktail perfect for holidays and special occasions.
  • Sour-Apple Spritzers
    Photo: Charles Schiller; Styling: Lynn Miller

    Sour-Apple Spritzers

    For a wild and crazy last-minute cocktail that’s easy on the calorie-bank, take sour-apple cocktail mix, club soda, cinnamon and lemon and serve it martini style. With just 58 calories per serving go ahead and have two.
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