Top 5 Low Cal Cocktails

Fruit infused vodka is a lower calorie cocktail.


Updated: 12/16/2018

This is probably one of the most frequently asked questions we get from our fitness retreat clients. Whether you’re trying to lose weight or you just want to keep your healthy regimen in check, you still probably want to have a little fun, right? So much of socializing revolves around food and drink and you don’t want to be the only one not to join. Plus, it’s nice to get out of the house and socialize with friends and family. Not to worry! You can still enjoy the festivities. Plus, it’s important to give yourself a treat here and there without feeling guilty about it.

Life should be about a healthy balance. Enjoying a cocktail occasionally even when trying to remain healthy or ditch a few pounds is perfectly fine. Just make sure to keep your consumption to a minimum. Choosing the right drinks can also help you. Unfortunately, some cocktails are loaded with sugar and therefore pack a ton of calories. Sticking to lower calorie adult beverages will help control your daily energy intake. Here are five lower calorie cocktails that will enable you to enjoy a beverage without all of the added calories and sugar – and the guilt.



  1. Champagne – Ah…there is something about champagne in a beautiful flute glass. The average 4 ounce glass of champagne will cost you 78 – 85 calories. With a low calorie count, champagne seems like a great fit for those looking to enjoy a little bubbly as they watch their calories. Sip it slowly and you’ll really be able to truly enjoy this delicious treat.

  2. Vodka + Fruit Infused Water – At 100 to 105 calories for one serving (1.4 fl ounces) of vodka, you can easily create a low cal beverage by simply adding fruit infused water. You can use flat or soda water depending on if you prefer something bubbly or not. Add a few slices of your favorite citrus or a few fresh muddled berries and you’re done! Plus this only adds a few calories – rather than the calorie and sugar count in fruit juice. This will allow you to keep all of the flavor you love without adding sugary mixers. Try lemon, lime, grapefruit, blueberry or even raspberries in water with a single serving of your favorite vodka. Add a little slice of your favorite fruit or a sprig of an herb such as rosemary or basil as a garnish and you’ve got a cool, refreshing cocktail without a big calorie count.

  3. Vino – Red or white? You can pick your favorite chardonnay or cabernet and expect to drink approximately 120 – 130 calories for one 5 ounce glass. You can also benefit from the heart healthy antioxidants and resveratrol from red wine while you sip! Take advantage of a glass here and there to benefit your health and your mind.

  4. Light Beer – Light beer has been around for many years. While so many love the taste of full flavor, regular beer, a light beer can save you 1/3 of the calories for each beverage. The approximate calorie count for a light beer is 100 calories while regular beers fall into the category of 150 calories or more. Light beer may not pack as much of a punch in the flavor department but it will help save calories.

  5. Skinny Margarita – With tequila, fresh squeezed lime juice and a little bit of organic agave as the only ingredients, this cocktail is lighter on calories than the average margarita or adult beverage in general. Ranging around 150 calories (if made minimally), you’ve got all of the flavor of a margarita and it’s so much lighter for your body! Most restaurants make a skinny margarita now but you can always request one if you don’t see it on their menu.


  1. “Splash” of juice such as cranberry juice in your liquor drink.

  2. Wine Spritzer – Wine + Soda

  3. Classic Martini

You can always get creative and modify your favorite drink or make up a healthier version. Just watch out for additions like:

  • Simple Syrup

  • Sour Mix

  • Juice (other than fresh squeezed juice)

  • Cream

  • Sugar

  • Multiple Liquors in One Drink


We hope you enjoyed this post! Feel free to leave any questions or comments in the comment section below.

If you need one on one guidance with your healthy habits and nutrition, check out our Health & Wellness Coaching. We coach online or locally on site. Or join us for a fitness retreat to jumpstart your health and wellness with one of our vacation packages. Either way, we’d love to help you.


Margot + The Vita Vie Retreat Team