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5 Low-Cal Cocktails with Less Calories than an Avocado

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Whether you're working on your summer bod, sweating for a wedding, or simply trying to live a healthier lifestyle, cocktail hour can be a hurdle. These five classic cocktails are low in calories—but much more interesting than your average Vodka-Soda. Just remember it’s all about balance—enjoy these light sippers tonight, but make sure you indulge in a Piña Colada or two when you’re lying out on a beach on vacation. Here are five cocktails that are less than 200 calories.

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The light, refreshing Americano is one of the lowest-calorie cocktails you could ever order, made with low-ABV Campari and sweet vermouth, and a bright orange twist. It’s topped with bubbly club soda—a zero-calorie mixer—so sip freely without any guilt.

The Essentials

Campari
Sweet Vermouth
Club Soda
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Many people think a Gin and Tonic is their best bet for a low-calorie cocktail, and while it’s still a great option, tonic water has more calories than club soda. Instead of a G&T, order a citrusy Gin Rickey—a simple combo of gin, club soda and lime. Easy to request by simply listing the ingredients to a bartender, it’s an especially safe order in a club or dive bar.

The Essentials

Gin
Lime
Club Soda
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While many cocktails use sugary fruit juices like cranberry and orange, the Greyhound will help you stay slim thanks to the fresh grapefruit juice. Grapefruit is low in calories and sugar, but full of nutrients, and it helps boost your metabolism. While mixing it with booze will probably cancel out the actual health benefits, it’s by far the best option if you’re looking to satisfy a fruity cocktail craving.

The Essentials

Vodka
Grapefruit Juice
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Any basic Martini, made with either vodka or gin, would be an excellent low-calorie choice, but a Vodka Martini beats its gin-based cousin by a hair when it comes to health effects—especially considering Gin Martinis are often garnished with olives. Made with cold, crisp vodka, a splash of dry vermouth and a zesty lemon twist, it’s no wonder James Bond stayed in such great shape. Just make sure not to order yours dirty.

The Essentials

Vodka
Dry vermouth
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Often revered as reigning monarch of mixology, this equal parts, booze-only drink is a great low-cal choice. London Dry gin, Campari and sweet vermouth are all you need to make this cocktail, and its lightly bitter flavor will encourage you to sip it slowly.

The Essentials

Gin
Campari
Sweet Vermouth

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