Our guide to guilt-free cocktails
Next time you’re sizing up the drink menu, the number one thing to keep in mind is the mixer, says Keri Gans, R.D., author of The Small Change Diet. “Almost all shots of alcohol are about the same nutritionally—it’s what we have with it that makes a difference in the drink,” she says. That's right, there's really not a huge difference between vodka and gin (or whiskey, rum, bourbon, scotch, and tequila). To give you an idea of what your drink might mean for your diet, check out the most popular spirits and choose your mixers wisely.
Zero calorie soda water might be basic but it also helps you stay within your calorie budget. Add a squeeze of fresh fruit for a little more pizazz.
RUM AND DIET COKE
Rather than your go-to rum and Coke, modify popular rum cocktails while cutting the sugar content. White rum, lime & mint is one combination, or you could opt for a natural syrup with white rum, fresh lime & fresh grapefruit juice.
Don Draper was on to something. If you don’t want to drink your whisky straight, order a classic Manhattan (whisky, sweet vermouth, bitters), which keeps calories, carbs, and sugars low.
Channelling your inner Bond girl will serve you well if you’re looking to get lean this summer. A gin martini with two olives is under 200 calories and contains no sugar or carbs.
The tangy pink drink, made with grapefruit and lime juice, is like a margarita without the extra calories. However, it is juice-based, so don’t go overboard with your grapefruit juice mixer. Opt for the fresh-squeezed stuff if you can.
As with all alcohol, the best way to enjoy these cocktails is in moderation, and as part of a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Staying hydrated on the side is essential, and also a great way to sidestep a hangover the next day...cheers!0