10 Low Cal Cocktails to Cheer(s) in the Holidays

The season for celebrating is upon us, which means you probably have more occasions to drink than usual. If you’re trying to watch your calorie intake, every cocktail menu is full of options that can add empty calories to your daily goal. So, here are 10 tasty cocktails that are all less than 200 calories.

Whether you like gin, rum, tequila, or whiskey, there’s a beverage for you below—and while they’re all easy to mix up at home – but they’re more fun when sipped at the bar with friends and an ocean view.


10. Gimlet: 178 calories
If gin is your liquor of choice, go with a classic gimlet at the bar.  This drink combines a splash of Rose’s Sweetened Lime Juice with your favorite liquor—and that’s it.

Where to Drink It: Tsukuro
Tip: This classic cocktail pairs beautifully with the calorie friendly sushi. Try their twist on the gimlet, CUCUMBER COOLER with Hendrick’s Gin + Lime Juice + Cucumber + Cracked Peppercorn.


9. Martini: 176 calories
A classic martini is a mix of vermouth and gin. Asking your bartender to make it dry, means you’ll get less vermouth and more liquor. Olives, optional. But it counts as a veggie so toss an extra one in.

Where to Drink It: The Wreck Bar
Tip:  Newly renovated, the landmark bar still treasured for its entertaining underwater dancing mermaids, now boasts a Rat-Pack 50’s inspired atmosphere where sipping martini’s seems as apropos as their famous mai-tais.


8. Mojito: 168 calories
Rum drinkers will want to avoid some of the popular cocktails like a Mai Tai or LIT. Instead ask for a mint mojito at the open bar. A combination of sugar, muddled mint leaves, and lime. Order this refreshing sip when you’re looking for something sweet, not syrupy.

Where to Drink It:  Sangrias Mexican Cantina.
Tip: 2-4-1 mojitos at the bar all day every day mean one for you and one for sharing – and afterall isn’t that the best way to spend the holidays.


7. Paloma: 166 calories
Tequila lovers will have to pass on the margaritas to shed calories, but a paloma is the next best thing. This old-time classic making a comeback blends grapefruit juice, soda, and lime. Skip the sugar or salt around the rim for an even healthier after-five refreshment.

Where to Drink It: Spazio Italian Restaurant & Wine Lounge
Tip: This new cocktail addition to the restaurants hand-crafted drinks menu pairs beautifully with the Shrimp and Snapper Ceviche.


6. Old Fashioned: 154 calories
If you don’t like to drink your bourbon straight, request an old fashioned at the bar. The splash of bitters adds flavor (without tacking on too many calories) and a bit of sugar.

Where to Drink It: 3030 Ocean
Tip: 3030’s mixologists also create signature seasonal variation, try their Cranberry Whiskey Sour for a twist on the classic cocktail.



5. Gin and Tonic: 148 calories
With tonic counting for only 10 calories an ounce, it’s the perfect accompaniment to a top-shelf gin (or vodka).

Where to Drink It: Sea Level Restaurant & Ocean Bar
Tip: This simple drink is anything but simple when sipped steps from the sand, plus if you aren’t fussy about your gin brand,  their daily Happy Hour from 5-7pm features $6.00 well cocktails and reduced price appetizers.


4. Sazerac: 136 calories
Whiskey drinkers who know best order a sazerac at the bar. 􀉤is addition of bitters, absinthe, sugar, and water smoothes out the bite of the liquor, without skyrocketing the calorie number.

Where to Drink It: Burlock Coast
Tip: While best known for their rum, it just feels right to sip a Sazerac at the Ritz


3. Vodka Soda: 96 calories
Ordering a vodka soda at the bar will cut down on your calories sipped for the night. Since soda water has zero calories, all you have to account for is the alcohol. Go ahead, and order another round.

Where to Drink It: Rock Bar
Tip: Got friends? Bottles of Smirnoff Vodka are $100 every Thursday night and mixers are included. It’s also Latin Night and those mere 96 calories will have shed in less than an hour.


2. Rum and Diet: 96 calories
Satisfy your taste for soda with a Rum and Diet Coke at happy hour. Calorie-wise all you have to count is the 1.5 ounces of rum. However beware the high levels of caffeine, which might keep you up well past your bedtime.

Where to Drink It: The Parrot Lounge
Tip:  Best place to sip the drink everyone knows is at the bar everyone knows who you are.  If you’re looking for a neighborhood atmosphere with friendly service, they’ve been serving it up for the last 46 years.


1. Champagne: 90 calories
Champagne and champagne-related cocktails are some of the most forgiving in the calorie department. One standard flute (about 4 oz.) rings in far less than a glass of wine or any mixed drink. Plus it’s the holiday season – everyone should have a glass of champagne at least once.

Where to Drink It: BalQony
Tip: Sip champagne under the stars with dramatic views of the azure water and splendor of the South Florida beaches. Created as an adults only hideaway, this chic, sophisticated lounge atop the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach will take your breath away.