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7 Cocktails with Less Calories Than a Beer

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There’s no sugar-coating it—cocktails can be seriously caloric (especially if they are, in fact, sugar-coated). Tropical libations filled with fruit juices, sweet drinks laden with sugar and extra boozy cocktails can all be diet busters if you’re not careful. But that doesn’t mean you should give up on all cocktails.

If you’re in the mood for a mixed drink that won’t disrupt your diet goals, these seven cocktails are delicious and contain less calories than a standard beer (about 154 calories), to boot.

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This brunch favorite is as light and refreshing as they come. Supercall’s Mimosa only contains about 111 calories, so you don’t have to feel guilty about downing more than a few at your next brunch party.

The Essentials

Orange Juice
Champagne
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This sweet-tart mix of vodka, cranberry juice and grapefruit juice clocks in at about 153 calories. Make sure to use fresh, natural juices with no added sugar to get the healthiest version possible.

The Essentials

Vodka
Grapefruit Juice
Cranberry Juice
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If you’re a fan of the Tom Collins but want a lower-calorie sipper, a Gin Rickey is the sugar-free alternative. Made simply with gin, lime juice and soda water, it contains only about 130 calories.

The Essentials

Gin
Lime
Club Soda
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This simple, smoky highball is perfect for scotch drinkers who aren’t in the mood for a neat spirit. And at a mere 128 calories, you can have a few without crashing your diet.

The Essentials

Scotch
Soda Water
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Speaking of highballs, this versatile cocktail is easy to make and super low in calories. Simply add two ounces of your favorite spirit to a Collins glass, top with club soda and voila—a perfectly refreshing, sugar-free drink.

The Essentials

whiskey
club soda
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Bitters and a single sugar cube turn a plain glass of bubbly into a sparkling Champagne Cocktail. And at 102 calories, it’s the most guilt-free drink on this list.

The Essentials

Sugar Cube
Bitters
Champagne
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If you’re a Negroni lover looking for a diet-friendly drink, just swap out the Negroni’s gin for soda water. At just 128 calories, this sparkling refresher is the perfect aperitif.  

The Essentials

Campari
Sweet Vermouth
Club Soda

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