I’ll say it – I love a refreshing cocktail, especially as a way of relaxing after a long work day. And while I may enjoy a glass (or three) of crisp white wine or a frosty margarita, I do not enjoy the extra pounds that I gain after indulging in a few too many of those tasty bad boys. That being said, cocktails can be a part of a healthy diet. The key? Moderation and recipes that call for little to no added sugar. So without further ado, here are seven bevvies that you and your waistline will love!
Photo and Recipe via My Crazy Good Life
Put the lime in the coconut but leave out the sugar. Using stevia instead of sugar cuts a ton of calories from this cocktail, while the coconut water is filled with antioxidants and electrolytes. Translation? The hangover and puffy face that many get after drinking won’t be a thing. Now that’s something to raise a glass to!
- Ice (crushed or cubes)
- 1.5 oz Tequila
- 1/2 Lime Juice
- 3 oz Coconut Water
- *1 tbsp Stevia
- Soda Water
Photo and Recipe via The Taylor House
Fresh fruit, fragrant Moscato, and soda water are the three main ingredients in this low cal recipe. This pretty poopsie is super flavourful but light. In other words, it’s the perfect summer sipper!
- 1 Bottle Moscato Wine
- 1 Bottle of Soda Water
- 1 Cup Diced Strawberries
- Lemon Slices
Photo and Recipe via Pretty Providence
A piña colada that is not chock full of empty calories? This is not a drill. With coconut water and milk, sugar-free flavour drops and a bit of dark rum, this cocktail is every bit as delicious as the classic recipe, but is waaay healthier. Go ahead. Have another.
- 2 Cups Sugar-Free Coconut Milk
- 2 Cups Coconut Water
- 2 Squirts Dasani Pineapple Coconut Drops
- 2 oz Dark Rum
Photo and Recipe via bird + cleaver
4 // Wasabi Bloody Mary
With zero added sugar and vitamin rich tomato juice, this lighter take on the bloody mary is a savoury treat with a fiery kick. Some people say that spicy foods and drinks rev up your metabolism, but even if that’s not the case, this tasty drink is a much healthier option when you’re craving a ceaser or Bloody Mary. Drink your veggies!
- 4 oz Vodka
- 12 oz Tomato Juice
- 1/4 to 1/2 Teaspoon Wasabi
- 4- 6 Dashes Sriracha (to taste)
- 1 oz Lime Juice
- 4 Dashes Worcestershire Sauce
- 2 Pinches Celery Salt
Photo and Recipe via Peanut Butter & Peppers
The only thing that can improve a refreshing, minty mojito? Sweet chunks of watermelon! Not only is this pink fruit super tasty, it’s also hydrating and filled with potassium. Sip this frosty treat with way less calories and zero guilt.
- 1 Cup Watermelon (seeded and chopped)
- ½ Lime (juiced)
- 4 Mint Leaves
- 1 oz. White Rum
- Club Soda
Photo and Recipe via Camille Styles
If you’re not a fan of super sweet drinks, then this tart combination of grapefruit juice and vodka is sure to please your palate. Also, this refreshing drink is pretty easy on the waistline! A good rule of thumb when it comes to healthy eating (and drinking) – the fewer ingredients involved, the better. This recipe calls for only three and zero refined sugar. Bottoms up!
- 3 oz Vodka
- 6 oz Freshly Squeezed Grapefruit Juice
- 6 oz Club Soda
Photo and Recipe I Breathe I’m Hungry
Stevia is kind of a magic ingredient when it comes to sugar replacements. It’s zero calories but it’s also all natural – no nasty aspartame here! I use it when baking and in my coffee. Why didn’t I think of using it to sweeten cocktails? It does the job perfectly and without a side of guilt. Add a little bit of this non-sugar-sugar to some bourbon, peaches (I prefer frozen), vodka, and mandarin soda water and you have a tangy toast that rivals your favorite belini. Enjoy!
- 1/2 Cup Peaches (fresh or frozen)
- 1 tbsp Lime Juice
- 1/4 Cup Sugar-Free Mango Flavoured Syrup
- 2 tbsp Granulated Stevia
- 1/4 Cup Bourbon
- 1/2 Cup Vodka
- 24 oz Mandarin Flavoured Seltzer Water
I don’t know about you but it feels like cocktail hour! If you try any of these, let me know what you think!