10 Best Low-Calorie Summer Cocktails
Want to keep your bikini body intact but don't want to spend the summer sipping light beer? You need to try these amazingly creative (and delicious) options
1 oz. Tequila
3 oz. Watermelon
0.1 oz. Simple Syrup
0.1 oz. Soda water
5 Cilantro pieces (optional)
Squeeze of lime
1 Bamboo spike (optional)
Directions: Muddle the watermelon with the optional cilantro leaves in a cocktail shaker (or if you want a sweet drink, just stick with the watermelon). Then add ice, simple syrup, and tequila. Shake vigorously and pour all contents into a rocks glass. If you'd like, garnish with a piece of watermelon in a bamboo spike.
Source: Haru Sushi in New York
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Pure heaven. The only downside? That piña colada has a staggering 664 calories.
If we really wanted to keep our bikini bodies looking great the easiest solution would be to forgo those tasty summer cocktails altogether, but how boring is that? Very. Which is why we tapped a team of mixologists and nutritionists and asked them for best-of-both-worlds solutions: low calorie drinks that taste just as good, or even better, than your high-cal summer cocktail staples.
If these tasty, low-calorie sips sound too good to be true (we were skeptical at first, too), keep reading to see the recipes our team came up with. The secret? Instead of using calorie-filled mixes loaded with sugar, they swapped in fresh fruit and juices that give you plenty of flavor without all the extra stuff.
Consider these 10 summer drink recipes your key to diet-friendly fun. And if you want to go even further and try your own hand at mixology, keep these guidelines in mind:
•Use soda water as a low-calorie mixer.
•Add pieces of fruit for sweetness, instead of sugar.
•Try making summer cocktails with sake, shochu, or soju, they tend to have fewer calories than traditional spirits, like vodka or gin.
*Editors note: All calorie counts are approximate.