Don’t Waste Calories at a Bar: 5 Low-Calorie Cocktails to Order at Happy Hour
When you’re worried about calories| drinking the wrong cocktail can make all the difference. Two drinks out with the girls suddenly turns into a 1|000-calorie night. Vodka sodas are always a safe bet but can get boring quickly. The next time you’re out at a bar or restaurant| order one of these cocktails instead u2014 all good and all well under 200 calories!
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| Old Fashioned
Before mudslides and appletinis were all the rage| there were old fashioneds. One of the earliest recorded cocktails| this 200-year-old bourbon drink is now a classic| and for good reason u2014 there aren’t a lot of ingredients getting in the way. Balanced and complex| try POPSUGAR Food’s recipe for an old fashioned and then make sure to order one the next time you are out!
When made right| a margarita is a refreshing and low-cal cocktail. The classic margarita recipe simply calls for tequila| lime juice| and a tiny bit of agave syrup or Cointreau. The most important thing is to skip premade mixes. If you’re worried that the bartender may use a sugary mix| don’t be afraid to ask them to use fresh lime juice and a splash of simple syrup instead.
Carrie and the rest of the Sex and the City gang obviously knew what they were doing| ordering cosmopolitans. Made from vodka| lime juice| and a splash of cranberry juice| a cosmopolitan barely breaks the 150-calorie mark.
Just like the margarita| the classic mojito recipe has been tainted with a reliance on too much sugar or premade mixes. The original recipe is rum| mint| soda water| lime| and just a touch of sugar. Any trusted bartender will do you up right| resulting in a mojito that falls under 150 calories. To be on the safe side| ask the bartender to go easy on the sugar.
Whether you choose vodka| gin| or tequila| a gimlet is a tart| straightforward choice for those wishing to save calories. The basic recipe is alcohol (traditionally gin) mixed with lightly sweetened lime juice| served up in a martini glass. Make things more interesting by ordering a cucumber or basil gimlet.