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Nutritionist shares her top 10 low-calorie Alcoholic Drinks

In the past, if you were watching your weight over the festive season and wanted to have an alcoholic drink there were very limited options, and most would stick to clear spirits and soda.

Now, I love a good vodka with fresh lime and soda water, but these days, there’s lots of low sugar and low carb options if you want to have a drink or two. Keep in mind, that a lot of the premixed options are artificially sweetened, and they aren’t good choices for your health.

Anything that has the following numbers (950, 952,954 and 955) I would say to skip the pre-mixed version and make your own real version instead!

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Top 10 low-calorie alcoholic drinks for these holidays:

1. Early harvest white wine

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The grapes are picked earlier and it makes the drink lower in alcohol and lower in carbs.

2. Low sugar beer

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Some fancy craft beers are over 150 calories per bottle, but lower-carb beers are usually below 100 calories per bottle.

3. Ciders

While a lot of people are under the assumption that cider is a lighter choice, a full strength apple cider can have as many calories as beer. With 207 calories and a massive 30g of carbs. Picking a lower carb option brings it down to 153 Calories and 13g carbs for a drink.

4. Red Wine

A “standard”drink of wine is 100ml. Most pubs or restaurants actually serve 150ml glasses of wine, while when you pour for yourself, you are most likely to pour well over 200ml at a time! Keep this in mind when working out how many calories you are drinking. As on the surface, red wine looks innocent at 78 calories per 100ml, however, who just drinks 100ml??!!

5. Bourbon and coke

This is a drink that’s traditionally very high in calories. 264 Calories per 100ml, and given a can of premix is 375ml, it’s going to add up pretty quickly. Zero sugar premixes are available, but as they are sweetened artificially, why not pick a cola sweetened with stevia and add your own bourbon? You can even water the cola down with a bit of soda water or make sure you have it in HEAPS of ice to water it down a bit!

6. Bloody Mary

Any excuse to add veggies right?? Vodka with tomato juice and spices, this is just over 120 calories per serve. Add oysters on the side for a real treat!

7. Mojito

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It’s all about making your won versions of your fave drinks to make them low Calorie. A mojito is a cocktail made with white rum, lime, mint and sugar syrup. It weighs in at 217 Calories and 25g of sugar per drink! If you make it without the sugar syrup its still divine, and it reduces the calories to 65 and has no added sugars! If you miss the sweetness, add a tiny bit of stevia.

Try our 5 Cocktails & Mocktails For Christmas & New Years Celebrations all under 100 calories

8. Espresso Martini

Equal parts vodka, coffee liqueur, and espresso coffee makes up this popular cocktail, but the coffee liqueur adds 80 calories and 11.3 carbs per drink. Can you skip the liqueur and just make your own version with vodka, espresso and a touch of stevia? If you do, it will only be 67 calories with no carbs!

9. Moscow Mule

Another vodka based drink, except this time with ginger and lime. Swap the ginger beer for the low sugar version to reduce the calories.

10. Sparkling wine

A standard glass of sparkling wine is 100 calories and 2g carbs.

5 cocktail & mocktail recipes under 100 calories

Mojito Slushy Cocktail

Calories: 67

Mojito Slushy

Here’s a fabulous cocktail recipe that will go down a treat on warm Christmas Day – a Mojito Slushy!

Grab the recipe here!

Blueberry Breeze Cocktail

Calories: 86

blueberry breeze

Whether it’s the festive season or you just want something fruity to drink at your next dinner party this Blueberry Breeze Cocktail is just for you!

Grab the recipe here!

Cheerful Mocktail

Calories: 55

CheerfulMocktail

Want to enjoy some Christmas cheer without the alcohol or calories? This Cheerful Mocktail is a tasty addition to any festive celebration!

Grab the recipe here!

Passionfruit and Pineapple Mocktail

Calories: 76

PassionfruitPineappleMocktail

Want a summery drink for the festive season but trying to avoid the alcohol?

Grab the recipe here!

4 Ingredient Watermelon Margarita

Calories: 111

Watermelon Margarita

Ok so this one is technically above 100 calories, but it’s so close we thought we would include it anyway.

Grab the recipe here!

From all of us at The Healthy Mummy, we wish you a happy and healthy Christmas and New Year!

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written by:

Cheree Sheldon

Cheree is an experienced naturopath who specialises in nutritional medicine; focusing on pregnancy support, babies and children. She is a published recipe developer whose background as a chef allows her to develop healthy, nutritionally balanced meals. Being a mum herself, she loves recipes that are easy to make and appeal to the whole family. Cheree has worked for the Healthy Mummy since early 2015 developing Healthy Mummy specific recipes and preparing the challenge meals for our monthly 28 Day Weight Loss Challenges. She calculates all the nutritional information for the recipes and provides our team with expert advice and information on current nutritional issues.Cheree loves working for the The Healthy Mummy because "I have the chance to share my love of delicious, nutritious food with other mums”.