Low-Calorie Summer Cocktails

While there’s no such thing as a truly “diet cocktail,” there are a few treats you can indulge in without a slew of unnecessary calories.
Here are three refreshing summer cocktail recipes that are lower in calorie content than some of the other cocktail alternatives.

Summertime Sangria Sparkler

* 750-milliliters dry red wine
* 1 cup light orange juice
* 1/4 cup brandy or cognac
* 1/4 cup orange liqueur
* 2 tablespoons sugar
* 2 medium oranges, sliced
* 2 cups club soda, chilled
* Crushed ice
* Curls of orange peel

Combine wine, orange juice, brandy, orange liqueur, sugar, and orange slices in a large pitcher. Chill at least 2 hours. Just before serving, add club soda. Serve over crushed ice and garnish with orange peel curls.


Mojitos are refreshing cocktails made with light rum. These cocktails are very light to the taste and relatively low in calories.

* ¾ oz lime juice
* Fresh mint leaves
* 1 ½ oz light rum
* 2 oz club soda
* Ice cubes

Combine all ingredients in a glass and stir until completely mixed. Enjoy!

Blueberry-Lime Margarita

This frozen deliciousness only contains 125 calories per serving.

* 2 cups ice
* 1 cup frozen blueberries
* 1 cup blueberry nectar
* 1/4 cup seltzer
* 2 tablespoons frozen limeade
* 1 tablespoon lime juice
* 3 ounces tequila, optional
* 1 lime wedge
* Coarse salt

Combine ice, blueberries, blueberry nectar, seltzer, limeade, lime juice and tequila in a blender and blend until smooth. Rub rim of 2 glasses with lime wedge and dip in salt. Divide the margarita between the prepared glasses and serve.