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Nutrition

Low-Calorie Alcoholic Drinks

Dietitian-Approved Recipes

Did you know your favorite strawberry margarita could have up to 600 calories?  

Northwestern Medicine Huntley Hospital Dietitian Julie Holbrook, MS, RD, LDN, shares some lighter recipes to try. Recipes can also be crafted without alcohol for an enjoyable alcohol-free beverage.  

If you choose to drink alcohol at your next celebration, be sure to sip safely.  


Cranberry Moscow Mule

127 calories; makes 1 serving

Ingredients

1 cup ice

1 1/2 ounces vodka

2 tablespoons diet cranberry juice drink

1 tablespoon lime juice

1 packet no-calorie sweetener

1/2 cup low-calorie ginger beer

Optional garnish: 1 sprig fresh mint

 

Directions

  1. Place ice in a glass. Add vodka, cranberry juice, lime juice and sweetener.

  2. Stir to dissolve sweetener.

  3. Top with ginger beer, and stir.

 

Low-calorie margarita

115 calories, makes 1 serving

Ingredients

6 ounces diet lemon-lime soda

1 1/2 ounces tequila

1 ounce lime juice

One 2-serving packet sugar-free lemonade powdered drink mix

1 cup crushed ice or 5 to 8 ice cubes

Optional garnish: lime slice

 

Directions

  1. In a glass or shaker, combine all ingredients except ice.

  2. Stir until drink mix has dissolved.

  3. Blend if desired.

  4. Fill a margarita glass with ice, pour, and enjoy.

 

Apple pie-tini

154 calories, makes 1 serving

Ingredients

    1 low-fat graham cracker (1/4th of a sheet), finely crushed 
    6 ounces light apple juice drink, chilled 
    1 1/2 ounces vodka 
    1/8 teaspoon cinnamon 
    Optional garnish: apple slice, cinnamon stick 

Directions

  1. Place crushed graham crackers on a plate. 

  2. Wet the rim of a large martini glass with water.

  3. Turn the glass upside down, and press it into the crumbs, rotating so that the crumbs cover the rim. 

  4. In a shaker filled with ice, combine apple juice, vodka and cinnamon. Shake it up and strain into the martini glass. 

 

Pumpkin Eggnog

110 calories per serving; makes 5 servings

 

Ingredients

5 cups light vanilla soymilk

One 4-serving box sugar-free, fat-free vanilla instant pudding mix

6 no-calorie sweetener packets

2/3 cup canned pure pumpkin

1 teaspoon rum extract

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Optional topping: additional cinnamon

 

Directions

 

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend at high speed until smooth.

  2. Transfer to a pitcher, cover, and refrigerate until thickened, at least 3 hours