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7 Vodka Cocktails That Won’t Break Your Diet

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It can be difficult to order wisely at a bar when you're tempted with delicious hurricane glasses overflowing with frozen concoctions and tropical, extra-potent tiki drinks. But there are plenty of healthy(ish) cocktails that are just as tasty as those laden with sugar and fat. Remember to use the freshest ingredients you can get, because bottled mixes and juices can come loaded with added sugar, which defeats the entire purpose of what you’re trying to do. Your tastebuds—and waistline—will thank you.

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If a Cosmo is made correctly with tart, natural cranberry juice instead of the sugary, artificial stuff, you’ll actually get some real nutrients from this pink sipper. Plus, it barely breaks 150 calories, so you can enjoy more than one without feeling guilty.

The Essentials

Citrus Vodka
Cointreau
Cranberry Juice
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This light mix of vodka, simple syrup and fresh lime juice is not only refreshing, it’s also easy on the waistline. Bonus: It’s crazy simple to make at home.

The Essentials

Vodka
Simple Syrup
Lime Juice
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Jackson Cannon’s vodka-based take on the classic Tom Collins gets a little sweetness from herbal yellow Chartreuse, but the rest of the drink is sugar-free. A mix of cucumber vodka and fresh lime juice makes for a crisp and cooling cocktail.

The Essentials

cucumber vodka
lime juice
yellow Chartreuse
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Sure, the Vodka Martini is incredibly boozy, but it’s also lower in sugar than most cocktails of the same strength. We recommend garnishing with a lemon twist for the healthiest version possible.

The Essentials

Vodka
Dry vermouth
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Apple cider vinegar is used as a remedy for everything from an upset stomach to bad breath, which is why you should drink this cocktail often. The tart cranberry shrub gives new life to vodka’s neutral flavor.

The Essentials

vodka
Cranberry Shrub
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This close cousin of the Bloody Mary swaps out tomato juice for vitamin- and protein-rich beef stock, which is also packed with collagen for you anti-aging fanatics out there. Make sure to use a high-quality broth to fully reap the benefits of this savory cocktail.

The Essentials

Vodka
Beef Broth
Worcestershire sauce
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Cocktails don’t come much simpler than this. There are all of zero calories in soda water, so the only caloric content in this drink comes from the vodka. Don’t just make this easy Highball with any vodka, though. Try one of these vodkas for a killer version of the cocktail.

The Essentials

Vodka
soda
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Take the Cosmo, pull out the Cointreau, and swap out the citrus vodka for regular neutral vodka, and you’ve basically got a Cape Codder. If you use real juice that isn’t weighed down with added sugar, you’ll have a breezy, low calorie cocktail.

The Essentials

vodka
lime juice
cranberry juice

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