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Summer is the time to cut loose and have a great time. Nobody wants to stress about their diet at the bar, but you also don’t want to slurp down hundreds of sugary calories with your good-time drinks. Not to worry, I’ve got a few easy cocktail orders most places can put together without any eye-rolling from the bartender. The best part? Each one has less than 150 calories!
*Heads up: Whatever you do, don’t mistake club soda for tonic water; club soda is calorie-free, but tonic water has around 90 calories per cup.
Blueberry Vodka + Club Soda + Orange Wedge
If the idea of a plain vodka-soda bums you out, explore the selection of fruit-flavored vodkas. They’ve got that extra yumminess without the extra calories. I love blueberry vodka, but try whatever sounds good to you. And a hearty squeeze of citrus will make it even more refreshing. Only around 110 calories in this one.
Coconut Rum + Club Soda + Splash of Pineapple Juice
The too-sugary tropical cocktails on the menu often contain hundreds and hundreds of calories. I know, it’s summer and you want a beachy drink and you can totally have one! This combo is sweet and delicious, but keeps the calorie total under control (about 120 a pop).
Tequila + Club Soda + Cherries + Splash of Orange Juice
Think of it as a tequila sunrise’s fizzy sister. A standard tequila sunrise contains grenadine, which is loaded with sugar. A couple of cherries are a much smarter way to go. And a simple splash of that OJ is all you need. This one’s a steal for around 140 calories. Cheers!
‘Til next time… Chew (and sip!) the right thing!