It’s Friday afternoon. You’ve had a long hard week at work. And you haven’t missed a session at the gym or a class in the studio. Now the weekend is almost here, you’ve got a few friends coming around for dinner, and you can almost taste that first sip of iced minty Mojito. You’ve earned it. But then again, doesn’t enjoy a few cocktails also mean downing a few hundred empty calories too? All that working out…all for nothing?

Well, fear not, because we’ve put together your perfect cocktail list for the evening. These 5 deliciously refreshing drinks are easy to make at home and the ideal way to get any party started. Add on the fact they’re all low on calories too and they taste all the sweeter for it. So fill your freezer with ice, dust off your blender and let’s get ready for a great night.

Low-calorie cocktail 1: Frozen Lime Margarita

Margaritas are so versatile, you can make them pretty much any way that takes your fancy.
In this version, fresh lime juice offers a zesty take on the classic.

What you need
– 120ml lime juice, fresh
– 60ml tequila
– 60ml orange juice
– 1 tsp Stevia
– Ice

How to make it
It’s a good job this one doesn’t contain many calories because you won’t burn many making it. Simply drop all the ingredients into a blender, process until smooth and bingo. Bottoms up.

Calorie count
93

Skinny-Lime-Margarita-happy-hour
(From Peanut butter and peppers)

Low-calorie cocktail 2: Champagne Cosmopolitan

Serve the classic Cosmo with a sparkling twist. If you don’t deserve it, who on earth does?

What you need
– 400ml chilled light cranberry juice
– 120ml Cointreau
– 50ml fresh lime juice
– 1 litre of chilled dry sparkling wine or, better still, Champagne
 – Lime zest strips for garnish

How to make it
Combine the cranberry juice, lime juice and Cointreau in a small pitcher and mix well. Divide evenly among 8 flutes or Martini glasses. Top up each with sparkling stuff. Guzzle immediately.

Calorie count
146

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(From Whipped Baking)

Low-calorie cocktail 3: The Old Fashioned

Known as one of the simplest cocktails to make and a bonafide classic. It’s the go-to cocktail for whisky lovers everywhere.

What you need
– 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
– 1/2 teaspoon water
– 2 dashes Angostura bitter
– 60ml Bourbon
– 1 twist of lemon peel

How to make it
Combine and serve on the rocks. Phew, you’ll need one after that.

Calorie count
155

old-fashioned-happy-hour
(From Bon Appetit)

Low-calorie cocktail 4: Sazerac

Jazz up your evening with this New Orleans take on a whisky cocktail classic.

What you need
– 1 sugar cube
– 75ml rye whiskey
– 2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
– 1 dash Angostura bitters
– A few drops of Absinthe
– Lemon peel
– Old-Fashioned glass

How to make it
OK, so this one’s a little trickier. Muddle a sugar cube with a few drops of water in an Old-Fashioned glass. Add several small ice cubes, the rye whiskey, and both the Peychaud’s and the Angostura bitters. Stir well and strain into a second, chilled Old-Fashioned glass around which you have rolled the few drops of Absinthe until the inside is thoroughly coated.

Garnish with a twist of lemon peel. Make sure you’re sitting down.

Calorie count
180

Sazerac_happy hour
(From Esquire)

Low-calorie cocktail 5: Watermelon Mojito

Perfect for the summer. Perfect if you just wish it was the summer. This combination of fresh watermelon, mint, lime and rum is light and refreshing and utterly delicious.

What you need
Mint simple syrup
– 120ml water
– 120ml granulated sugar
– A handful fresh mint (if you have exceptionally large or small hands, say about 20 leaves)

Watermelon puree
– 1/2 mini watermelon vibes and de-seeded (if that’s a word)

Mojitos
– 250ml white rum
– 140ml freshly squeezed lime juice
– 350 – 500ml watermelon puree
– 100ml (or all if you like) mint simple syrup
– Optional garnishes: watermelon, limes, mint

How to make it

  1. Prepare the mint simple syrup:

Combine the water, sugar, and mint in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and chill.

  1. Make the watermelon puree:

Blend the watermelon cubes until smooth. Pour through a fine-mesh sieve to remove any solids, then chill. (The puree, not you. You’ve got more to do.)

  1. Create a fab drink:

Combine the rum, lime juice, watermelon puree and mint simple syrup in a large pitcher. Pour into ice-filled glasses. Garnish if you really want to look fancy.

Calorie count
285


(From celebrating sweets)

 

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