You can enjoy these adult beverages while keeping an eye on your calories

Shelby Pritchett

| 3 min read

There’s really no better way to enjoy a nice summer day than drinking an adult beverage with friends around a pool in the sun. Unfortunately, many of my favorite drinks cost me a lot of calories.
If you’re thinking about mixing up drinks for your friends this weekend, consider trying some of these drink recipes that taste great in moderation while keeping your calorie count down.
One of my favorite cocktails is a Bloody Mary, so I was pleased to see that this recipe is less than 80 calories per serving, and it’s filled with Vitamins C and A, potassium and folate.


22 ounces of reduced-sodium V8
1 teaspoon horseradish
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon lemon juice
10 dashes Tabasco
Freshly ground pepper
3 ounces vodka
Ice cubes
Cooked shrimp for garnish
This tasty drink can include your favorite fruits, and of course a little wine!


2 cups of either apricots, plums, peaches or nectarines
2 cups apricot juice
2 cups sparkling wine
1 cup seltzer
In less than 10 minutes, and only 125 calories, this tasty frozen drink puts a spin on the classic, calorie-filled margaritas.


2 cups ice
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup blueberry nectar
¼ cup seltzer
2 tablespoons frozen limeade
1 tablespoon lime juice
3 ounces tequila
One of my favorite drinks by far is sangria, so I am so excited to try this recipe that only contains 100 calories per serving (this recipe makes 12 servings). Read on to find out what you’ll need to make it.


750-mL bottle of dry red wine
1 cup light orange juice
¼ cup brandy
¼ cup liqueur
2 tablespoons sugar
2 medium oranges, sliced
2 cups club soda, chilled
Serve over crushed ice and/or orange peel
For just under 100 calories you can enjoy this popular cocktail that combines sweetness and citrus flavors with the refreshment of mint that will be sure to help you beat the heat this summer


2 large limes, cut into pieces
2 cups water
2/3 cups sugar
2 cups water
½ cup light rum
½ cup fresh mint leaves
Ice cubes
Mint leaves


In a blender combine lime pieces, 2 cups water and 2/3 cup sugar. Cover and blend for 30 seconds or until limes are chopped. Strain into a large pitcher. Mix in 2 cups of additional water. Cover and chill.
Stir rum into the lime mixture. Divide mint among glasses. Fill glasses with ice cubes. Pour chilled mixture over ice and mint leaves. Add extra limes or mint leaves if desired.
Photo Credit: The CulinaryGeek

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