3 Simple Guiltless Cocktails for Christmas

by Lindsay Scholz

The holiday season is upon us. With it comes a lot of office gatherings, family parties and toasting to another great year – meaning so many cocktails. If you’re watching your waistline this season, paying attention to how much alcohol you consume is just as important as watching what you eat.

I will always remember the first Christmas that I was old enough to go out drinking. I went to a cocktail bar and a nightclub with a couple of my friends and we had the best night ever. At the time, my friends were not actually old enough to get into any of the places that we were planning on visiting, but they had thought ahead and purchased fake ID cards from a website similar to ID Moose. Needless to say, my friends have always been quite rebellious and so we had such a fun evening sipping on cocktails and dancing until dawn.

That being said, I am determined to be more well behaved this time around. Accordingly, this year why not consider skipping out on that sugary cider and eggnog. Instead, opt for sipping these three healthier options. Fear not – they’re lighter on the calories, but still pack in the fun and flavor! The best part? All of the mixers and garnishes needed for these delicious drinks can be found at your local grocery store with ease – no need for any obscure cocktail ingredients here.

The Coconut Spritz Cocktail

  • 1.5 oz. vodka
  • 8 oz. naturally flavoured seltzer water
  • Garnish with a lime wedge and sprig of mint

Calories: 75
This fizzy cocktail is perfect for fans of vodka tonics who are looking for a lighter take on a crowd favorite. Make sure that the seltzer water you use for this cocktail is naturally sweetened and doesn’t contain sugar syrups. Lacroix makes a fabulous coconut seltzer water that’s perfect for this cocktail, among other great, calorie-free flavors like pomegranate, peach, pear and more.

The Lemon Zinger Cocktail

  • 1.5 oz. tequila
  • 8 oz. of light lemonade
  • Add in a dash of cayenne pepper and garnish with a lemon twist

Calories: 70
Calling all margarita lovers! This lighter version of your favorite party drink is here – and it packs a punch. Look for light or reduced calorie versions of lemonade to use as a base for this cocktail, and mix with your favorite, go-to tequila. Finish with a dash of cayenne pepper (or two, if you’re feeling adventurous!) for a fun, spicy drink that will kick the party up a notch.

The Rosey Gin Cocktail

  • 1.5 oz. gin
  • 8 oz. diet tonic
  • Garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary

Calories: 90
Love savory flavors? This one’s for you! The Rosey Gin is a simple cocktail that you can make with your favorite gin, mixed with diet tonic. Pour into an ornate glass and top off this drink with an aromatic sprig of fresh rosemary and you’re ready to party.

A final rule of thumb? Generally, clear liquors contain less calories than dark liquors, so stick to those to save on calories at your next social gathering. Wherever your holiday party plans take you, keep these light options mind and don’t forget to ‘cheers’!

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