Calories from heavy Alcohol consumption are a sizable risk factor for weight gain and Obesity. Most of us are unaware of the number of calories in various alcoholic drinks, which may suggest the energy information of alcoholic drinks and may help you to sensibly select your kind of alcohol.
Check out these 9 low-calorie Alcoholic drink options with variations you can enjoy without disturbing your weight loss plans:
1. Rum diet coke
Popular with the name Cuba Libre, this cocktail is a blend of white rum and diet coke to cut those extra calories. You can add lime juice and some lime wedges to make it more refreshing. This Cocktail contains 102 Calories and 0.9gm carbs.
Variation: Popular with the name ‘dark n stormy’, this cocktail is a blend of dark rum, Ginger beer and topped with lime wedges for garnishing. This Cocktail contains 170 Calories and 10.7 gm carbs.
2. Vodka soda
This classic drink is a blend of Vodka with unflavored club soda. You can add some lime juice, mint, cucumber, or ginger to enhance the flavor or add sparkling water instead. This drink contains only 98 Calories and 0.2 gm carbs.
Variations: Vodka tonic is the blend of Vodka and tonic water. This drink contains 181 Calories and 21.7gm carbs.
Another refreshing summer drink, ‘Vodka Cooler’ is a blend of Vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer. This drink contains 180 Calories and 12.9 gm carbs.
You can also add Chamomile, Raspberry, or Strawberry syrups to your Cocktail to enhance the flavors.
Vodka Sprite is another easiest variation prepared by blending Vodka and Sprite. This drink contains 198 Calories and 25.7 gm carbs.
Popular with the name ‘Appletini’, this Cocktail is a blend of vodka with low-Calorie ingredients including apple juice, lime juice, and maple syrup, and topped with a slice of apple for garnishing. This Cocktail contains only 149 Calories and 6.7 gm carbs.
Another popular variation is ‘Bloody Marry’. This Cocktail is a blend of Vodka, tomato juice, lime juice, sweet sherry, and Worcestershire with a few drops of hot sauce and a pinch of salt, black pepper, celery salt, and fennel seeds. This cocktail contains 164 Calories and 7.9 gm carbs.
Another iconic Cocktail, ‘Cosmopolitan Martini’, is a blend of vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and lime juice and garnished with orange peel. It offers only 167 Calories per serving.
3. Tequila with lime
Tequila can be the healthiest choice in terms of Calories. One shot of Tequila with lime is loaded with only 99 Calories in total.
Variation: If a neat Tequila shot does not suit you, blend it with club soda or coconut water, which are again low-Calorie options.
4. Gin and diet tonic
You can simply reduce the calorie game in regular Gin and tonic by replacing it with a diet tonic. This reduces the Calorie consumption to 132 from 230 with 1.2 gm of carbs in total. Garnish this drink with mint, lime, and a pinch of salt and black pepper for a refreshing flavor.
Variation: A ‘Classic Gin Martini’ is a popular low-calorie cocktail, blended with Gin, Dry Vermouth, and Martini. Garnish it with green olives and lemon rind to make it healthier. This classic cocktail is loaded with 172 Calories and 1.7 gm carbs.
5. Light Beer
Light Beer is another low-calorie healthy option that limits the Calorie intake to 73 per serving instead of regular Strong Beer which offers 113 Calories per serving. Therefore, a light beer on a sweltering hot day will not interrupt your weight loss plan.
Variation: ‘Shandy’ is the easy summer variation of Beer, prepared by blending Beer with lemonade in 1:1 and garnishing with a slice of lemon. It contains only 104 calories. You can also blend it with diet coke instead of lemonade to prepare a perfect low-Calorie Shandy.
6. White Wine
White wine is a great option if you are looking to cut those extra calories in your alcohol. White wine offers 205 Calories per drink than red wine with 213 Calories. Further, these calories vary with the brand.
Variation: ‘Sangria’ is perhaps the most classical and conventional wine-based cocktail. It contains only 160 calories. It is a blend of diced apple, orange, lemon, and mint with White Wine and topped with club soda.
7. Scotch Whiskey
If you are a whiskey person, Single Malt Scotch, Bourbon, and Blended Scotch Whiskey are the safest options in terms of Calories. These contain 99, 97, and 100 Calories approximately in 45 ml respectively, and vary with the brand.
Variation: ‘Whiskey Sour’ is a low-Calorie popular Whiskey Cocktail. It is a blend of whiskey, lime juice, water, and low-calorie Stevia. It contains approx. 163 calories per serving and varies with brand.
‘Whiskey ginger’ is another simple yet refreshing low-calorie cocktail for whiskey lovers. It is a blend of Irish whiskey and Ginger ale. It offers only 151 Calories per drink.
8. Dirty Martini
Dirty Martini is a low-Calorie cocktail blended with vodka, and olive juice in a martini glass and garnished with olives. It offers 204 calories and 5.5 gm carbs per cocktail.
Variation: ‘Pear Martini’ is a sweet cocktail blended with pear juice, pear vodka, lime juice, orange bitters, and a low-calorie sweetener of your choice. Strain this mixture into a martini glass and garnish with a pear slice. This cocktail offers only 149 Calories and 6.7 gm carbs.
9. Alcoholic Coolers
Alcoholic Coolers are another popular fruit-flavored low calorie alcohol option that is available in a variety of fruit flavors.
Bacardi Breezer is one of the popular alcoholic coolers easily available and offers only 60 Calories per 100 ml serving and these calories vary with added flavor.
Remember, the amount of alcohol consumed, consumption pattern, and quality of the alcohol consumed are likely to impact your health. Twenty-five chronic disease and condition codes in the International Classification of Disease (ICD)-10 are entirely attributable to alcohol consumption, beyond weight gain. These comorbidities include Cancers, Tumors, Neuropsychiatric conditions, Numerous Cardiovascular disorders, Hypertension, liver Cirrhosis, Diabetes, Stroke, and Digestive issues.
For that reason, it's important to monitor your alcohol consumption as part of a healthy diet, regardless of whether or not you're managing your weight.
A healthy snack while drinking is always recommended.
It’s equally important to stay hydrated after having alcohol.
Drinking during pregnancy can harm fetal growth. Various birth defects are reported for the same.