Healthy, Low-Calorie Mixers for Every Kind of Cocktail

When you’re trying to lose weight, you must pick and choose your indulgences carefully.

Strawberry margarita cocktail

Healthy, Low-Calorie Mixers for Every Kind of Cocktail

When you’re trying to lose weight, you must pick and choose your indulgences carefully.

For meat lovers, that might mean ordering the burger but skipping the fries, while those who can’t imagine their Friday night without a stiff one may take their drink straight up, forgoing a mixer. But despite conventional wisdom, choking down the hard stuff on the rocks or diluting it with flavorless soda water isn’t the only way to keep a cocktail low-cal. In fact, there are plenty of better-for-you pre-made mixes now available at grocery and specialty stores.

Here, we’ve rounded up some the tastiest options — all of which are free of scary ingredients and have 16 grams of sugar or less — so you only need to pick up a bottle, mix up your drink and enjoy.

(And for those nights when you prefer to enjoy a glass of white or red, be sure to grab one of these 16 Delicious Wines For Weight Loss)

1

Be Mixed Ginger Lime

Nutrition (1 serving, 4 fl oz): 0 calories | 5 g carbs (0 g sugar)

Made with fresh juices and natural sweeteners like monk fruit extract, this spicy and tart mixer serves as the perfect complement for a variety of cocktails. Mix it with vodka to create a Moscow Mule. Or, add a splash of rum for a skinny Dark n’ Stormy. The only caveat: It contains erythritol. If sugar alcohols tend to give you tummy troubles, this shouldn’t be your go-to.

2

Bare Mixers Organic Pomegranate Cranberry Cosmo

Nutrition (1 serving, 3 oz): 50 calories | 13 g carbs (11 g sugar)

Sure, they’re sweet and tasty, but a traditional cosmo can have up to 200 calories! To stay on the straight-and-narrow toward a smaller waist, mix 1 ounce of your favorite vodka with a 3-ounce serving of this agave- and juice-based mixer. Serve it in a martini glass with a lime wedge for the full cocktail-bar experience — in your very own kitchen. This slimmed-down take on the classic Sex and the City cocktail will run you just 114 calories.

3

Powell & Mahoney Old Ballycastle Ginger

Nutrition (1 serving, 4 oz): 80 calories | 23 g carbs (12 g sugar)

Made with a combination of cane sugar, ginger (one of The Healthiest Spices on the Planet), fennel seed and elderflower extract, this is one of the cleanest — and tastiest — mixers that we’ve come across. To make a lower-calorie ginger martini, combine a shot of vodka with a half-ounce of Old Ballycastle Ginger and some fresh lemon juice.

4

Ripe Agave Punch Bar Juice

Nutrition (1 serving, 5 fl oz): 60 calories | 16 g carbs (14 g sugar)

If you favor fruity cocktails without the subsequent sugar rush, this Caribbean-style punch mixer is apt to be your new favorite. The bulk of the liquid is made up of fresh lime, orange and pineapple juices; the addition of water, Angostura Bitters, and freshly milled nutmeg help keep the taste light without being too sweet. Just add a shot of rum to complete your cocktail. Bonus: Ripe Agave’s mixer also fares well as a base for a virgin punch. Just use a 1:1 ratio of juice and sparkling water and be sure to drink it instead of these Worst Drinks for Your Body.

5

Stirrings Simple Peach Bellini

Nutrition (1 serving, 1 fl oz): 30 calories | 8 g carbs (8 g sugar)

Italy’s favorite cocktail, the Bellini, is a daytime celebration staple — and with good reason: it’s delicious. But as tasty as it may be, making peach purée from scratch is time-consuming. (Whereas the bottled stuff usually tastes artificial.) Not to mention it can hold up to 50 calories and 11 grams of sugar per ounce! For a skinny sparkling cocktail — perfect for your next festive brunch — mix two parts Processo with one part Stirrings Simple Beach Bellini.

6

Hand-Crafted Bittermilk No. 3 Smoked Honey Whiskey Sour

Nutrition (1 serving, 1 fl oz): 40 calories | 10 g carbs (10 g sugar)

Bourbon lovers, this one’s for you. If made with lemon juice and simple syrup—not bottled sour mix — a whiskey sour is a sophisticated and low-calorie cocktail choice. (In fact, it’s one of these Low-Calorie Cocktails for Weight Loss). But if you want to elevate the taste of the classic cocktail, pick up a bottle of this stuff. Bittermilk has added bourbon-barrel-smoked honey, bitter orange peel and lemon to their sour-style mix, which yields a slightly tart and smoky cocktail.

7

Realime 100% Lime Juice + Madhava Organic Agave

Nutrition (3 tbsp lime juice mixed with 1 tbsp agave): 60 calories | 16 g carbs (16 g sugar)

Forget the bottled garbage sold at your local liquor store. This is how real margaritas are made — with fresh lime juice and a hint of sugar. And to keep the fiesta going, enjoy your marg on the rocks with one of these 9 Nutritionist-Approved Chipotle Orders.