Nothing beats a cold and refreshing cocktail during those hot days when you're unwinding by the pool. However, most of the time, homemade cocktail recipes are loaded with an unhealthy amount of cane sugar, or, even worse, artificial syrups. Luckily, there's a way to satisfy your thirst without jeopardizing your health. You can opt for a skinny cocktail with fewer calories and less sugar than the traditional ones. And don’t worry. There are ways to complement the alcohol with natural ingredients like fresh fruit or juice. Also, sugar-free, flavored sparkling water can provide flavor and make the drinks perfectly fizzy, so there are options out there.
For instance, did you know you can make a skinny cosmopolitan, martini, or Moscow Mule? Additionally, this list has other cocktail options with a range of flavors, such as sour pineapple, zesty lime, and sweet strawberry beverages, that not only taste amazing but also ensure that you don’t consume a ridiculous number of calories. And hey, who says fruity cocktails are just for summer? Don’t let anyone stop you. These skinny cocktails are perfect to enjoy all year round while keeping you satisfied and healthy at the same time.
Looking for a succulent yet easy-to-make cocktail? This drink by Persnickety Plates combines white rum, coconut pineapple sparkling ice, and just a splash of triple sec. Of course, it's not complete without fresh pineapple for garnish which upgrades the presentation. It turns out best when you make the drink over ice. To be specific, the recipe suggests using crushed ice for texture purposes!
This simple recipe will likely become your new favorite if you enjoy margaritas. It's perfect for pairing with foods such as fish tacos, enchiladas, or grilled chicken. Whichever way you want it, you only need a few ingredients and a cocktail shaker to get the job done. This recipe uses tequila, fresh limes, and Topo Chico. The lime juice gives it the perfect tang to complement the alcohol. You can also garnish it with a fresh wedge.
This beachside cocktail is terrific because it only has 41 calories per serving. It is a rendition of the well-known Spritzer, which mixes alcohol and sparkling water to create a tasty, bubbly masterpiece. This specific recipe has vodka, pink grapefruit, sparkling water, and fresh fruit, which are limes and grapefruit. Since sparkling water provides plenty of flavor, you don't need to add any additional sugar or syrups, and the fresh ingredients supply plenty of fruitiness.
Who doesn't love a classic pina colada every now and then? These famous drinks have the perfect balance of rum, coconut, and pineapple. This rendition by Good In The Simple Is super easy to make since all you need is tropical pineapple sparkling water and Coconut Spice rum. If you want to jazz it up and make it look fancy, chop up some pineapple and decorate it. This drink is less than 100 calories per serving!
Are you in the mood for a Paloma? This Mexican cocktail has citrusy grapefruit soda and tequila in the traditional version. This recipe has no added sugars, which is excellent news for when you are trying to watch your sugar intake. The grapefruit sparkling water is optional, but if you use it, it is healthier than the soda. However, you can make this drink with fresh grapefruit, tequila, and lime juice.
Here we have a healthier version of a classic Cuban cocktail, the Mojito. This strawberry-infused Mojito uses fresh or frozen strawberries, white rum, Orange Perrier, and more. The fresh lime provides a pleasantly sour undertone while the mint leaves act as a charming garnish and pairs with these strawberries to give the drink a bright and welcoming flavor. If you don't want to use Orange Perrier, you can always opt for club soda!
Tequila fans will love this cocktail since it is bursting with tropical flavors. It has minimal added sugars since all you need is pineapple juice, coconut water, and club soda. Of course, you can't forget the fresh lime wedge, either. Rather than purchasing juice, it's a great idea to use fresh pineapple and extract the juice yourself. Trust us when we say the flavor is much more incredible that way!
Time to break out your best martini glasses because you will not want to miss out on this recipe. What says “summertime” more than watermelon? This beverage is super easy to make. With fresh watermelon juice, basil, and vodka, it has a perfect balance of flavors. For best results, uses a cocktail shaker before transferring it to a martini glass and using an additional basil leaf as decoration.
If you are someone who loves a little bit of spice in their cocktails, here's the one you've been waiting for. Elyse Wellness’ skinny version of a Margarita contains tequila, limes, cucumbers, and jalapenos. For the recipe, you make fresh juice which is incredibly flavorful. Place jalapeno slices in your glass before you add the other components. Give it a stir, and get ready to enjoy the best margarita ever!
Here's a Weight Watchers cocktail recipe that is much better for you than a regular margarita. Keeping On Point States that typical margaritas contain 17 points, but this delicious cocktail is only two freestyle points. The beverage contains Crystal Light Raspberry lemonade, diet 7UP, vodka, and fresh fruit. You can use fresh raspberries and lemon slices for added flavor and an upgraded appearance. Don't forget the ice!
here's another skinny Spritzer for you to try out. Rather than being a grapefruit spritzer, this one is watermelon flavored! Since the cocktail has La Croix instead of other sugar-filled soft drinks, it ensures that the calories and sugar content are low. This recipe has a bit of stevia, too, to complement the vodka, watermelon, mint, and Kiwi Watermelon La Croix. For best results, use a long-handled bar spoon to ensure that all components perfectly blend!
You'll love this cocktail with hints of citrusy orange and flavorful passion fruit juice. Additionally, it has dark rum, sparkling water, and fresh lime wedges. Use fresh passion fruit juice for the best possible flavor and the least amount of sugar. As far as sparkling water goes, you can use flavored or unflavored. The best part is that you can layer this drink or use a cocktail shaker, whichever you prefer.
Grayson De Vere created this low-sugar drink that doesn't use sweetened liquor; instead, it takes advantage of fresh fruit juice. In addition to that, you can use your favorite brand of tequila. Use pink Himalayan Sea salt to coat the rim of the glass. While the garnish is up to you, a classic lime wedge never gets old as it adds color and also provides tart yet scrumptious juice to complement the alcohol and other ingredients.
This drink does not need artificial sugar, thanks to the freshly squeezed grapefruit juice and fresh herbs that it has. Specifically, the recipe uses sage leaves paired with soda water and gold tequila. This cocktail is super easy to make since all you need to do is put all of the ingredients in the glass one by one. It's the perfect drink when you want something fruity and light!
The Real Food Dieticians posted this unique cocktail recipe that is a must-try! This one is certainly for wine lovers, specifically sparkling wine. It is low in sugar and has fresh berries, making it stand out. The only ingredients you need to make this impressive cocktail are Prosecco, homemade blackberry mint syrup, and honey. The honeyed taste of the bubbly Prosecco and the sweet and tart blackberries are to die for!
With no added sugars and only 130 calories, this keto Lemon Drop beverage is as scrumptious as they come. It has unique ingredients, such as Bipro Lemon Protein Water, fresh lemon juice, Truvia, and Blood Orange Devotion Vodka. The combination of lemon and blood orange creates a vibrant citrus flavor that tastes like a dream! Make this at your next gathering, and your guests will be blown away.
When thinking of classic cocktails, Bloody Mary is definitely at the top of the list. A classic version of this drink has vodka, tomato juice, and spices. Sometimes it has Worcestershire sauce and even garlic. This skinny version has low-sodium tomato juice instead, which makes it healthier. Aside from that, it has typical Bloody Mary ingredients, so you are not sacrificing flavor one bit!
If you want to make a skinny cocktail that has layers of flavor, this recipe by Listotic can help you out. It is deep purple, thanks to the pureed blackberries and cucumber. It also has La Croix Blackberry cucumber sparkling water to perfectly match the fresh ingredients, and of course, you can't forget the most important part, which is the vodka. Go ahead, whip up this cocktail and enjoy it while you soak up the sun!
19. Skinny Rum Punch
Let's talk about how fantastic this skinny rum punch is! With coconut rum, pineapple juice, fresh orange, and a splash of lime seltzer, this tropical cocktail is one for the books. Instead of cutting lime wedges, cut round slices to cover the top of the drink like a lid. You can even use fun straws to match the drink and keep it colorful. You'll love how delightful this drink is, despite it not having any extra sugar.
We can't get over this pink and pretty spiked lemonade recipe by Skinny Mixes. It only takes 5 minutes to prepare, and it has 0 grams of sugar and fat, so what's not to love? Combine sugar-free lemonade, tequila, sugar-free raspberry syrup, and fresh berries to create a drink that looks as great as it tastes! You can also use lemon wedges for garnish.
Have you ever tried a Moscow Mule? It's a vodka-based cocktail, but what makes it so unique is that it also has ginger beer and lime juice, creating a complex flavor profile. This version of the drink uses a ginger beer substitute to take the calorie count down. Specifically, you make the recipe with ginger-flavored sparkling water or ginger ale. You can also include some freshly grated ginger which is great for you.
If you love your Cosmopolitans, but you don't love how many calories and sugar they have, don't fret. This recipe by Sum of Yum swaps triple sec with orange-flavored vodka to make it lighter. Additionally, instead of sugary cranberry juice, use the kind with no added sugar. Adjust it to your preference by using either lemon or lime. For best results, use a cocktail shaker!
23. Skinny Sangria
Here is another well-known cocktail that you can make just a bit healthier. Traditional Sangrias have red wine, whole fruits, fruit juice, sparkling soda, or additional liquors. With this cocktail recipe, you only consume 70 calories, which is great. Make the sangria have some bubbles using Sprite Zero, which is calorie-free. Use fresh fruit, red wine, and vodka, and you'll be golden!
24. Skinny Manhattan
If you are more of a bourbon person, this skinny Manhattan is the clear choice that you will want to try. All you need is your personal favorite bourbon, a dash of Bitters, and a tiny amount of Sweet Vermouth. You can serve it over ice with fresh berries, such as blackberries, raspberries, or strawberries, to give it some sweetness. Or, enjoy it as is without the fruit!
Did someone say sugar-free? Yep, that's right! This cocktail is also low-carb. Daiquiri cocktails might be simple, but they usually have a lot of sugar. The way to keep it sugar-free is simply to use a sugar alternative that's healthier for you than cane sugar. Additionally, you need lime juice, light rum, and, optionally, carbonated water. Furthermore, lime zest gives it a nice kick, so we recommend including that too!
25 Guilt-Free Skinny Cocktails
- SKINNY PINEAPPLE COCONUT COCKTAIL
- THE BEST SKINNY MARGARITA
- SKINNY BEACH COCKTAIL – GRAPEFRUIT LIME SPRITZER
- LOW-CALORIE PINA COLADA COCKTAIL
- SKINNY PALOMA (NO SUGAR ADDED)
- SKINNY STRAWBERRY MOJITO
- SKINNY TEQUILA SQUEEZE
- SKINNY WATERMELON-BASIL MARTINI
- SKINNY SPICY CUCUMBER MARGARITA
- RASPBERRY LEMONADE COCKTAIL (WEIGHT WATCHERS)
- SKINNY WATERMELON VODKA SPRITZER
- SKINNY PASSION FRUIT COCKTAIL
- LOW SUGAR DRINK: THE GRAYSON
- GRAPEFRUIT AND SAGE TEQUILA SODA
- BLACKBERRY LIME PROSECCO COCKTAIL (LOW SUGAR)
- KETO COCKTAIL: THE LEMON DROP
- SKINNY BLOODY MARY
- SKINNY COCKTAIL WITH VODKA AND BLACKBERRIES
- SKINNY RUM PUNCH
- RASPBERRY LEMONADE MARGARITA
- SKINNY MOSCOW MULE
- LIGHT COSMOPOLITAN
- SKINNY SANGRIA
- SKINNY MANHATTAN
- SUGAR-FREE SKINNY DAIQUIRI
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