Few things beat those days we have an opportunity to sit back, recline and sip on an ice-cold cocktail, maybe a pina colada, margarita or strawberry daiquiri, underneath the hot gaze of a fiery summer sun; the biggest problem with such a situation however is that cocktail you find yourself sipping likely weighs in at 500+ calories. Unless you just ran a half marathon, we strongly recommend you consider enjoying the low calorie alternatives presented in the following 10 light summer cocktail recipes. They taste equally great, if not better, and contain much less of that high calorie guilt! So read up, take notes, and enjoy summer cocktails without sacrificing a hard-earned beach body!
1. Watermelon Fizza
You had us at "under 200 calories." This tasty watermelon-focused drink contains just 100 calories, and in no way sacrifices sweetness for healthiness, which is all we could hope for in a lighter cocktail!
- 1 oz. tequila
- 3 oz. watermelon
- 1 oz. simple syrup
- 1 oz. soda water
- 5 cilantro pieces
- Squeeze of lime
- 1 bamboo spike
You’ll begin by mashing and mixing together the 3 oz. of watermelon with your five cilantro leaves. Once you feel that those ingredients have been sufficiently mixed, you then add ice, .1 oz. simple syrup, and 1 oz. tequila—shake with passion, and pour the final product into your rocks glass. As a final step you can optionally garnish your drink with a piece of watermelon in a bamboo spike.
2. Skinny Colada
This skinny colada will revolutionize the way you previously might’ve viewed pina coladas, which was probably something along the lines of: ridiculously tasty and refreshing, but at a great high calories cost.
- 1.5 ounces Malibu Coconut rum
- 1 oz. organic pineapple juice
- 4 ounces Coconut Water
Following this recipe is easy as 1,2,3; seriously all you have to do is fill your cocktail shaker with ice, rum and the pineapple juice. After that shake with fervor, pour the final mixture into your skinny glass, and top the beverage with your four-ounces of coconut water.
3. Garden Fresh Summerita
You’ve probably seen the readily available pre-mixed 'rita beverages, and maybe you've noted the absurd amount of calories/sugar attached to such an investment. Don’t settle for the unhealthy option, when with a little time you can whip up a homemade "summerita" that clocks in at just 150 calories!
- 1 oz. X-Rated Fusion liqueur
- 1 oz. Cabo Wabo tequila
- Half of a lime’s juice
- 3 cilantro sprigs
- 3 cucumber slices
- 3 jalapeno pepper slices
Now all you’ve got to do is fill a cocktail shaker with ice and all the ingredients, then shake it all up like your life depends on it, and finally pour into your chosen glass.
4. Vegan Mudslide
This one’s a must for the coffee-lovers out there. We’ll add it’s a great option for dessert!
- 1 oz. vodka
- 2 oz. coffee
- 3 oz. light almond milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
The biggest decision you have to make when prepping this drink is the texture you’re aiming for. If you’re looking for something more like a milkshake, combine the ingredients with ice in a blender. If you want the traditional cocktail fluidity, combine your ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, and then strain into your glass.
5. Skinny Mint Mojito
We’ll just cut to the chase on this one folks: this drink’s only 72 calories! As for the mojito part, you probably can agree that it doesn’t get much more refreshing than an ice cold mint-flavored cocktail when it’s hot out!
- 2 ounces of simple syrup
- 1 oz. rum
- A few fresh mint leaves
- Half of a lime’s juice
Simply pour the ingredients into a glass, mix together with a spoon, add a little bit of ice, and top off the glass with soda water. Prep time should easily be under five minutes for this one!
6. Pineapple Martini
- 2 ounces coconut rum
- 2 ounces pineapple juice
- Twist of orange peel (purely aesthetic, entirely optional)
Add the rum and pineapple juice to the cocktail shaker, fill the shaker with ice, shake the contents with passion, and strain into your martini glass on hand. As a final step, you can make the drink look extra pretty with a little orange peel garnish—it’s up to you!