5 Lighter Libations That Are Sure to Be All the Buzz

I like alcohol.

A lot.

In fact, whenever I’m at a restaurant, I find myself repeatedly diving for the wine list before even glancing at the menu. So, yes…I like alcohol. But here’s what I don’t like: those sugary syrups, artificial additives, and empty calories (that is, any caloric intake that lacks nutritional value) skulking around in my favorite bubbly beverages. What’s a girl to do?! Well, if you’re anything like me and can’t resist this forbidden fruit, hope has been restored. You don’t have to be a certified mixologist to successfully throw together a low-on-sugar-loaded-with-flavor cocktail in your own kitchen. And the following recipes will help you do just that.

(Guiltless) bottoms up!


Watermelon Mojito (approx. 95 calories):

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce white rum
  • 1 cup watermelon chunks
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce stevia syrup*
  • 2-3 splashes club soda
  • 3 mint sprigs

Preparation:

  1. Puree the watermelon chunks in a blender.
  2. Muddle the mint, lime juice, and stevia syrup together in a large tumbler.
  3. Pour the rum on top of this mixture.
  4. Stir in the watermelon puree.
  5. Add just enough club soda to top off the tumbler.

*how to make stevia syrup: mix 5 tsp. stevia powder with 2 cups water

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(Image courtesy of tastykitchen.com)

Peach Bellini (approx. 120 calories): 

Ingredients:

  • 1 peach (peeled and sliced)
  • 1 tsp. stevia powder
  • 1/4 cup ice cubes
  •  1 ounce Prosecco

Preparation:

  1. Puree the peach slices and stevia together in a blender.
  2. Add the Prosecco and ice cubes into the blender and puree with the peaches.
  3. Pour this mixture into a champagne flute.

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(image courtesy of tastykitchen.com)

Green Sangria (approx. 115 calories):

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce Pinot Grigio
  • 1/2 ounce melon liqueur
  • 4 slices green apple
  • 4 slices cucumber
  • 4 slices kiwifruit
  • 2 slices lime
  • 1 mint sprig
  • 2-3 splashes club soda

Preparation:

  1. Combine the wine, liqueur, and all the fruit slices together in a pitcher.
  2. Refrigerate this mixture for approximately 4 hours.
  3. Pour the chilled sangria into a wine glass.
  4. Add just enough club soda to top off the glass.

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(image courtesy of realhealthyrecipes.com)

Vodka Iced Tea (approx. 80 calories):

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce Firefly sweet tea vodka
  • 1/2 cup sparkling lemon-lime water
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup ice cubes

Preparation:

  1. Fill the bottom of a mason jar with the ice cubes.
  2. Pour in the sparkling water and lemon juice.
  3. Add the vodka and stir this mixture together thoroughly.

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(image courtesy of craftedpours.com)

Mixed Berry Daiquiri (approx. 145 calories):

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce white rum
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1/4 cup sugar-free cranberry juice

Preparation:

  1. Puree the berries, lime juice, and cranberry juice together in a blender.
  2. Add the rum into the blender and puree with the berries.
  3. Pour this mixture into a large tumbler.

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(image courtesy of livebetteramerica.com)

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