15 Cocktails Under 250 Calories (Cheers!)

by in Healthy Recipes, July 19, 2013

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Kicking back with a few summer cocktails? Choose wisely or you’ll end up gulping way more calories than you think.

Calorie Overload
If you love the taste of sweet summer cocktails, you could be downing upwards of 500 calories apiece. Each standard shot (1½ fluid ounces) of 80-percent proof rum, vodka or gin has about 100 calories. Combine several of those with sugar-laden mixers–plus juices and soda–and you’re likely throwing back more calories and sugar than you bargained for, especially if you’re guzzling several drinks in one evening.

Always measure out the hard stuff. And forgo those overly sweetened bottled mixers; instead, choose 100% juice or use fresh fruits and herbs to flavor your drink. You can also choose to cut back on calories by using diet soda as a mixer–but be aware that studies have shown that you do get drunk quicker. Size also matters: Be sure you’re sipping from an 8-ounce glass (or smaller!).

Or sip one of the delicious drinks below.

Cocktails Under 250 Calories:

Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. See Toby’s full bio »

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  2. World Cup of Food says:

    So, how many calories in a margarita? Even if there's a full ounce of sugar in the simple syrup, and counting what's in the tequila and triple sec, it's got to be close to that mark. And if it isn't I don't care because it's delicious!

  3. Guest says:

    Bring Paula Deen back!!!!

    • bonnie says:

      If you have a moment, please read excerpts from her deposition on-line. I did. Ms. Deen defended the use of racial slurs and demeaning references to women in jokes and the viewing of pornography in the workplace as normal "guy" behavior, because her brother did them in their restaurant. I'm sure you'd then wholeheartedly support the decision to not renew her contract. I do.

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