15 Delicious Cocktails That Actually Aren’t Horrible For You

In Drinks, Recipes by Jamie Vos0 Comments

All the punch without the unnecessary calories.


Obviously if you’re truly trying to cut calories and sugar, you’ll probably want to avoid alcoholic beverages completely.

But sometimes you just want/need to enjoy a delicious cocktail that isn’t packed with horrible-for-you ingredients. So whether you’re actually watching your calories or just want some drink ideas that aren’t filled with sugary mixers, here are some other options.

The below drinks don’t contain sugary, high-calorie sodas — instead they’re mostly sweetened by fruit and other natural ingredients. Some do include sugar and other sweeteners, but those can be adjusted to your preference.

Happy drinking!

1. Watermelon Mojito

Watermelon Mojito

Mojitos usually have a lot of sugar, but this one gets its delicious sweetness naturally from fruit. Make this refreshing drink with just one cup of watermelon, a little bit of lime juice, rum, club soda, and mint leaves. Get the recipe here.

2. The Paloma

The Paloma

This delicious mix of grapefruit, lime, and tequila makes for a great after-work pick-me-up. It calls for a teaspoon of sugar, but feel free to use even less if you like it more tart. Get the recipe here.

3. Blueberry Mint Fizz

Blueberry Mint Fizz

Easily throw this drink together with blueberry vodka, half an ounce of St. Germain liqueur, club soda, mint leaves, and some fresh blueberries. Get the recipe here.

4. Cucumber Cooler Cocktail

Cucumber Cooler Cocktail

This recipe calls for optional sugar, but it’s light, refreshing, and easy to make even without it. Get the recipe here.

5. Skinny White Wine Spritzer

Skinny White Wine Spritzer

This refreshing low-cal and low-cost cocktail only calls for a few strawberries, lime, two ounces of white wine, and lime-flavored seltzer. Get the recipe here.

6. Sriracha and Wasabi Bloody Mary

Sriracha and Wasabi Bloody Mary

Start your weekend off right with this spiced-up Bloody Mary. Get the recipe here.

7. Old-Fashioned


Toss this classic drink together with just Angostura bitters, bourbon, water, and a lemon peel. The recipe also calls for a half teaspoon of sugar, but you can adjust that to your liking. Get the recipe here.

8. Watermelon Margarita

Watermelon Margarita

Every day is officially margarita day with this light and refreshing cocktail. You need fresh watermelon juice, fresh orange juice, and tequila of course. The recipe calls for one teaspoon of sugar or agave, but you can use less if you prefer. Get the recipehere.

9. White Sangria

White Sangria

Serve this light sangria by combining fresh strawberries, peaches, pears, white wine, and some seltzer. Get the recipe here.

10. Fresh Grapefruit Greyhound

Fresh Grapefruit Greyhound

This greyhound recipe tastes and looks delicious, so it’s a perfect signature drink for when you’re hosting a party. Get the recipe here.

11. Yves St. Laurent St. Germain Cocktail

Yves St. Laurent St. Germain Cocktail

Prepare this classy cocktail with two parts dry white wine or champagne, one and a half parts St. Germain liqueur, and two parts sparkling water or club soda. Get the recipe here.

12. Tequila Cocktail

Tequila Cocktail

When your day just calls for tequila, try this drink, which mixes Camarena Silver tequila with coconut-pineapple water, green apples, and some optional sugar. Get the recipe here.

13. Kombucha Moscow Mules

Kombucha Moscow Mules

Make this fruity take on the classic Moscow Mule with Ginger or Gingerberry kombucha, vodka, and lime juice. Get the recipe here.

14. Skinny Summer Cocktail

Skinny Summer Cocktail

Easily throw this cocktail together with some sparkling water, lemon, a touch of stevia, blueberries, strawberries, and your favorite vodka. So simple, yet so good. Get the recipe here.

15. Ginger Whiskey Sour

Ginger Whiskey Sour

This whiskey sour is made with cherry bitters and fresh ginger for an added kick. Get the recipe here.


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