Alcoholic drinks are inevitably going to bump up your calorie count, but some tipples are less deadly than others!
Low calorie alcoholic drinks that aren’t full of sugar are hard to find. However they’re normally the most in demand! Especially when we’re calorie counting. It is often only when you are trying to be good that you soon realise it is alcoholic drinks, rather than food, that add up the most quickly!
We are firm believers that a little bit of what you fancy does you good, and you can still stick to the diet as long as you’re savvy with your calorie intake.
Take a look at our complete list of diet-friendly alcoholic drinks in the gallery. Where does your favourite tipple rank? The list also gives you the chance to find a few diet-friendly alternatives to try next time you’re in the pub on a Friday night – some of these diet-friendly alcoholic drinks may surprise you!
For example, a glass of Prosecco is actually fewer calories than a white wine. Especially this low calorie prosecco! (If that’s not an excuse to drink bubbles, we don’t know what is!)
Plus, making a small change such as opting for a diet or sugar-free mixer can make your favourite tipple a lot lower in calories. In some instances you can even enjoy two of the single spirit and diet mixer for the same calorie intake of one full-fat mixer and spirit!
From a refreshing gin and tonic, to tequila on the rocks or an ice cold beer there are so many low calorie alcoholic drink options. You just need to know what you are looking for. With this break down of low calorie alcoholic drinks, you’ll never have to say no to a catch-up over cocktails or feel guilty heading to the bar after work for a quick drink with your colleagues.
So what are we waiting for?! Let’s find a happy hour – and quick!
Skinny Moscow Mule – 80 calories
Ditch the sugar syrup and opt for a diet ginger beer and this tasty tipple only comes to around 80 calories. Best served over lots of ice with a good squeeze of lime juice.
Red Wine – 75 calories
A small glass has around 75 calories, depending on levels of sweetness.
So it is possible to enjoy a glass of red and not break your diet but you’ll have to check across different varieties.
A flute of champagne – 84 cals
The best festive tipple? A glass of champers! The real deal will cost you just over 80 calories but it is totally worth it.
Bloody Mary – 90 calories
This is perhaps the ultimate cocktail for any dieter.
It is filling, one of your 5 a day and under 100 calories!
Mojito – 92 calories
When opting for a cocktail, a refreshing mojito is a diet-friendly choice (just make sure you skip on the sugar syrup!)
Make your own at home using white rum, mint and a sprinkle of brown sugar, topped with lime juice and soda water. Alternatively, you could use some ICE branded lemon and lime flavoured sparkling water.
A half-pint of beer – 82 calories
Believe it or not, a half-pint of beer is only 82 calories!
Pimm’s & Diet Lemonade premixed can, £1.95 – 91 calories
The perfect accompaniment to a summer picnic or an afternoon watching the tennis, these pre-mixed cans of Pimms are super convenient!
A gin and tonic – 97 calories
For years gin lovers have rejoiced that their favourite spirit is also pretty low in calories.
Did you also know gin is one of the best spirits for hay fever sufferers. It won’t aggravate your symptoms in the same way that beer or wine can. Win win!
Tequila and soda mix – 69 calories
Ditch the sugary Long Island Iced Tea for this simple but delicious combination.
It’s far healthier than the super-calorific cocktail but just as enjoyable.
A martini – 73 calories
If you are keen to make the most of happy hour without ruining your diet, this is perfect cocktail to choose.
A single Malt whiskey – 72 calories
This is one of the healthier dark spirits to opt for at just over 70 calories for a single shot.
A single vodka, lime and soda – 76 cals.
This is a real thirst-quencher and is super tasty.
A Bacardi single and diet coke – 58 calories
This is one of the best diet-friendly spirits by a mile!
Ditching the full-fat coke makes a huge difference. In fact you can have two single Bacardi and diet cokes for the one calorie more.
A single Bacardi and diet coke – 58 calories
A single Bacardi and coke – 115 calories
Greenall’s Ready Mixed Cocktails, from £1.90 a can – from 125 calories per can
A selection are available from Waitrose, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Booths.
Flavours include: Gin & Pink Grapefruit, Gin & Tonic, Gin & Diet Tonic and Wild Berry Gin & Tonic.
Calories vary depending on the flavour.
A gin & diet tonic is just 78 calories per 250ml can.
Traditionally made Cosmopolitan – 99 calories
We can see why Sex in the City’s Carrie Fisher loved a Cosmo so much!
At under 100 calories this is perfect when you are trying to be good at a cocktail evening.
Hello Happy Hour!
A single Southern Comfort and diet lemonade – 48 calories
Opting for a diet mixer makes a huge difference.
At under 50 calories it is well worth switching from full fat to diet lemonade. After all, it is the spirit you are more interested in keeping.
A small glass of white wine at 87 calories
If you love nothing more than a cold, crisp glass of white wine on a summers evening, it is best to opt for a small.
This way you won’t damage your dieting efforts too badly.
Single vodka and slim-line tonic – 50 calories
This low calorie alcoholic drink is less fattening than an orange juice!
But, this isn’t an excuse to switch your breakfast beverage!
Standard of flute of Prosecco – 80 calories
You don’t have to skip on the bubbles if you’re trying to be good.
In fact, at just 80 calories a glass you can enjoy more than one!
A single rum and diet coke – 65 calories
This tasty tipple is just 65 calories- no wonder Jack Sparrow was so keen!
LOVO – vodka and sparkling coconut water, £2.95 – 128 calories per bottle
LOVO is stocked at Harvey Nichols’ stores nationwide and online at www.31dover.com – for more information please visit www.lovodrink.com