If your drink is the same color as your nail polish, you probably shouldn’t have it. In other words, a cocktail that’s fluorescent orange, pink or blue is probably a high-calorie sugar bomb—an empty-calorie bomb, to be exact. That means that for all the calories you’re ingesting, your body gains nothing nutritionally.
Now, when you’ve kicked back on the patio with a margarita or pulled up at the bar for a daiquiri, you’re probably not thinking about the nutritional value—but your body is. It’s fine to indulge on occasion, but making the smartest beverage choices, just as you would with your food at mealtime, can help you reach your weight loss goals.
Here’s how those sweet and tipsy summer sips add up:
Calorie Cost: 153 calories for 3.3 ounces
Slim It Down: Squeeze your own fresh lemons and limes, stir in the sweetener of your choice, and add one 96-calorie shot of tequila.
Calorie Cost: More than 700 calories
Slim It Down: Instead of using a 280-calorie, 3.5-ounce packaged mix, start with fresh strawberries (1 cup is 49 calories) and blend in one shot of rum (86 calories). Skip the whipped cream for more savings—up to 100 calories per 1/4 cup.
Frozen Sangria Swirl
Calorie Cost: 509 calories at Abuelo’s
Slim It Down: We make a frozen sangria with Talenti Gelato and red wine that is one of the easiest and tastiest cocktails ever—all for just 222 calories. It’s so good it has been pinned 18,000 times!
Calorie Cost: 217 calories
Slim it Down: Cut the amount of sugar used in the simple syrup; you’ll save 50 calories for every tablespoon of sugar you skip.
Other slim sips include:
• White wine: 120 calories per five ounces
• Champagne: 96 calories for five ounces
• Under 100-calorie Beers: Heineken Light, Michelob Ultra, Becks Light, MGD64, and Bud Select. Or skip sipping and cook with it instead; you’ll add more flavor without the calories, like with these Beer Braised Pork Tacos.
How many calories are in your drink? See our Calories in Alcohol Guide.