Summer Sips that Go Straight to the Hips

By Brandi Koskie for

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.

Strawberry Daiquiri
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.


  1. 1

    I am going thru menopause & can’t seem to lose weight anymore. I also can’t get the scales to budge backwards! Ugh!

  2. 2

    The key is to continually balance your eating and exercise. Don’t try to starve and crash like you did when you were twenty. I’m 52 and understand completely the changes. I’ve had to embrace a few that were considered unacceptable and fight many that I refuse to concede to. I’ve realized that the matabolism changes and processes slower as well as the elasticity isn’t there to spring back and hold it all in as tight. This adds up to your weight shows more. The pants fit differently, there’s small rolls that never were before, and where did that cellulite come from?? I actually hate looking for swim suits and workout clothes. They reveal everything.

    But with all that said, don’t stop fighting the fight. I still do biking, the treadmill, TRX, bands, swimming and weights throughout the week with my husband. Do I like it…no, but do I hate the alternative more….yes! I never deny myself anything, I just balance it out. What I mean is the more I eat, the more I need to step up the working out. Find something you enjoy doing and don’t self hate….embrace the changes, just don’t accept it as defeat!

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