The words alcohol and diet don’t normally go together, and, as low calorie alcoholic drinks can be quite hard to find, it makes for a problematic night out – no one wants to drink water all evening! The good news is that there are several tipples that are actually quite low in calories, and even better news is that more and more bars and restaurants are stocking them. We all know that too much sugar is bad for us, yet most things, in moderation, can be okay; it’s the same with alcohol.
Here are some excellent examples of easy to find lowest calorie drinks, starting with a classic.
Gin and Slimline Tonic
Containing just 59 calories and zero carbohydrates, this is a perfect and refreshing drink for slimmers and fitness fans alike. The best part is that the gin on its own is ideal if you like it neat, however, the adding of a slimline tonic doesn’t detract from the enjoyment of the drink and only adds an extra 61 calories. Therefore, two single measures of gin, together with a bottle of slimline tonic, provides two units of alcohol and 179 calories. This, if sipped slowly – as every good gin should be – will last most of the evening.
Vodka and Sugar Free Red Bull
This drink contains 74 calories and just three carbohydrates, so is a good and very tasty choice. The vodka part remains low to almost zero, whilst, by simply swapping the regular Red Bull with the sugar free one, it immediately makes this popular drink suitable for slimmers, with the added benefit of giving the Red Bull boost. Of course, any slimline drink can be added to vodka, especially over ice, such as cola, tonic and unsweetened orange juice, making a delicious, refreshing drink.
Jack Daniels on The Rocks
At just 78 calories and zero carbohydrates per measure, this ever-popular drink when poured over ice is delicious, but, be warned, when drunk as a short, it’s easy to have too many! There are several low-calorie mixers that compliment Jack Daniels perfectly, such as ginger ale, together with a wedge of lime and it is also delicious with a diet vanilla cola. A great cocktail for the calorie conscious is the Manhattan, made by taking 1½ parts of Jack Daniels, a half part of vermouth and a dash of bitters. Place into a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice, mix well and then serve with a cherry garnish.
Captain Morgans and Diet Coke
Known also as a “skinny bitch”, a single measure contains 92 calories and two carbohydrates, making it another good, very tasty option; the spiced rum is especially delicious over ice – nothing else needed. It is available as a dark and light rum but, be warned, it is 80 percent proof. It is also delicious with a low-calorie ginger ale or a sugar free orange soda. There are flavoured Captain Morgan rums available, including pineapple and coconut – both can be bought in a diet version.
It would be remiss not to include lager as there are many low calorie options available these days. An ordinary beer has around 145 calories and approximately 10.6 grams of carbs, so very high – hence the ‘beer belly’. A low sugar lager contains around 55 calories and 1.09 grams of carbohydrates. The selection is excellent, including Coors Light, Amstel Light, Corona Light and Heineken Premium Light, so, if beer is the tipple of choice, there is no need to go without.
Friday night has arrived and it’s time to go out for a drink with friends – don’t worry about the diet – just go out and have a good time with a low calorie alcoholic drink. There are plenty to choose from, however, a cautionary note, if you must drink wine, stick to white – a 250 ml glass of Prosecco, for example, has 121 calories, so much less than red at 228 – and limit yourself to just a couple of glasses. Remember though, as important as dieting and keeping healthy is – so is having fun!