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When summertime hits, it is officially barbecue season. Who doesn’t love a great cookout with good friends and family, delicious food, and strong yet sweet dranks (no, not drinks, DRANKS)! But when you’ve worked hard to get snatched in time to wear your favorite bikini, you don’t want to ruin it.

Here’s 10 Low-Calorie Cocktail Recipes Perfect For BBQ’s!

mimosas recipes

Mimosa Light.

Low-calorie fruit juices, such as Minute Maid Light, contain half the calories of regular juice. Use them as alternatives for any cocktail to cut down on the calories. (Recipe from Fitness Magazine)

2 ounces Minute Maid Light Orange Tangerine Juice
4 ounces champagne
Juice of 1/2 medium-size orange, or 1 to 2 ounces

Add several ice cubes to a tall glass. Squeeze the juice of the orange into the glass. Pour in orange tangerine juice, followed by champagne. Stir. Garnish with fresh orange rinds, curled.

raspberry cocktail

Blended Raspberry Cocktail. 

Blended drinks give you more volume because of the ice, so you have a bigger drink but you ultimately consume fewer calories. Again, this drink recipe uses light fruit juice to lower the calorie count. (Recipe from Fitness Magazine)

1/2 cup ice or several ice cubes
8 ounces Minute Maid Light Raspberry Passion
1 1/2 ounces vodka

Combine ingredients in a blender. Garnish with several fresh raspberries.

Mojito cocktai


In general, the Mojito is already a better choice when it comes to calories, but cut even more calories by using Splenda syrup instead of simple syrup. Make your own by dissolving 2 packets of Splenda into an ounce of water. (Recipe from Fitness Magazine)

2 ounces light rum
1 ounce Splenda syrup
1 ounce lime juice
7 mint leaves
Splash of club soda

In a shaker, muddle mint leaves and a lime wedge. Add ice and other ingredients and shake. Pour into tall glass and top with soda.

chocolate cocktails

Chocolate Cocktail. 

Have your dessert and cocktail at the same time with this chocolatey drink using nonfat milk and like chocolate syrup to cut down on the calories. (Recipe from Fitness Magazine)

1 ounce Godiva chocolate liqueur 
1 ounce vodka
1/2 cup nonfat milk 
1 teaspoon Hershey’s Syrup Lite (for lining rim of glass)

In a shaker, combine chocolate liqueur, vodka, and milk with crushed ice. Shake to mix. Pour into glass.

Skinny Peach Tea

Skinny Peach Tea.

Keep it simple with this two ingredient drink. Lower the calories by using a diet peach tea. (Recipe from Shape)

2 ounces Van Gogh Vodka
4 ounces Peach White Tea or Diet Peach Tea

Combine ingredients and shake vigorously in a shaker with ice. Strain into a glass.

Mango Daiquiri Scandal

Mango Daiquiri Scandal.

At only 131 calories per serving, try this daiquiri on for size. You can slice the calories even more by using Splenda syrup instead of simple syrup. (Recipe from Shape)

1 1/2 ounces Mango Passion Fruit Smirnoff Sorbet Light
1 ounce simple syrup
1 ounce fresh lime juice
1 mango wedge or lime wheel, for garnish

Place first three ingredients to a stem-less wine glass over ice. Garnish with mango wedge or lime wheel.

belvedere lemon iced tea

Belvedere Lemon Iced Tea.

Arnold Palmer, please make room for your turned up cousin at only 100 calories. (Recipe from Shape)

1 1/2 ounces Belvedere Lemon Tea 
3 ounces chilled black tea or earl grey tea
1/4 ounce simple syrup
1 lemon wedge, for garnish

Combine first three ingredients over ice and garnish with lemon wedge.

Watermelon Martini

Watermelon Martini.

Nothing screams summer and barbecues like watermelon. Why not use some to put a twist on your classic martini. At 182 calories, it’s a sure hit. (Recipe from Shape)

2 ounces tequila silver
1 ounce fresh lime juice
4 1-inch cubes fresh watermelon
1 squeeze agave nectar
1 lemon wedge, for garnish (optional)
1 mint leaf, for garnish (optional)

Build ingredients in a Collins glass with ice and stir. Garnish with lemon wedge and mint leaf, if desired.

White Sangria

White Sangria.

What summer barbecue drink list would be complete without sangria? This version is only 198 calories, combines 3 different types of alcohol, and it easy to make. (Recipe from Shape)

1 ounce Kappa Pisco
1 1/2 ounces Lapostolle Casa Sauvignon Blanc
1/2 ounce Grand Marnier
1 1/2 ounces apple juice
1/2 ounce lime juice
1/2 ounce orange juice
1 ounce soda water (or lemon-lime soda)
Sliced apple, for garnish

Combine all ingredients except soda and apple in a mixing glass with ice, and shake vigorously. Strain over fresh ice into a wine glass or goblet, top with soda water, and swirl. Garnish with apple.

Spiked Strawberry Lemonade

Spiked Strawberry Lemonade.

Lemonade is the quintiscential summertime drink, and whoever decided to add strawberries to the mix is an genius in my book. Adding a little liquor to the mix all wrapped in 130 calories is even better. (Recipe from Health)

2 ounces strawberry vodka
2 ounce light lemonade
splash of fresh lemon juice
sliced strawberry to garnish

Combine the vodka, light lemonade, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a fresh strawberry.

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