7 Great Cocktails Under 200 Calories

7 Great Cocktails Under 200 Calories

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The problem with resolutions is that it’s really hard to keep them. If you’ve decided to get in shape, you’ll probably start working out, but eating (and drinking) healthy won’t be easy. It’s laughable to think that you’ll stop all of your vices. You’ll probably cut down on the fatty foods, but cutting out all alcohol is just a silly idea that definitely won’t last more than a few days.

Lucky for you, many bartenders have created low-calorie cocktails that are perfect for the time of year when we all resolve to eat better. Not only do these taste great, but each is 200 calories or less. 


Fresh Prince

From bartender Joe Bailin at Saltbox in San Diego

Ingredients:

  • 1.25 oz Espolon Reposado Tequila 
  • 0.75 oz Juniper-Infused Sugar-Free Simple Syrup
  • 8-10 Fresh Cranberries 
  • 3 Generous Sprigs of Fresh Sage

Preparation:
Add juniper-infused sugar-free simple syrup, cranberries and sage to a shaker, and muddle well. Add tequila and ice, and shake vigorously. Fine strain into rocks glass with 2” ice cube. Bruise a sprig of sage to release oils and garnish drink. Top with soda water if desired.

Approximately: 96 calories


Chaturanga Fizz

Bar Chef Laura Belluci at SoBou in New Orleans

Ingredients:

  • 1.25  oz Novo Fogo Cachaça
  • .25 Lemon Juice
  • 3 Slices Cucumber (or .5 oz cucumber juice)
  • 1 Bar Spoon Honey Syrup
  • Carbonated Jasmine Green Tea (to make, add cold-brewed jasmine tea to a soda charger and carbonate)
  • 1 Dash Celery Bitters

Preparation:

Muddle cucumber, honey and lemon. Shake with cachaça and bitters. Pour and strain over ice in a Collins glass. Top with carbonated jasmine tea. Garnish with an expressed orange peel.

Approximately: 150 calories



Nothing Compares

From Head Bartender Shinya Yamao at Piora in New York City

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz Green Tea Flavored Vodka
  • 0.5 oz Yuzu Juice
  • 1/3 oz Mint syrup
  • Splash of Club Soda
  • Fresh Mint Garnish

Preparation:
Shake all ingredients (including the mint leaves) except for the club soda. Double strain into AP wine glass with ice, and fill to the top with club soda.

Approximately: 200 calories


The Kangaroo

From bartender Dave Willhite at Formento’s in Chicago

Ingredients:

  • 2.5 oz. Ketel One Vodka
  • .5 oz. Dry Vermouth 

Preparation:

Garnish with a lemon twist.

Approximately: 200 calories


The Bristol Old Fashioned

From the Bristol in Chicago

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Buffalo Trace
  • .5 oz Splenda Syrup
  • 1 dash Orange Bitters
  • 1 dash Angostura Bitters

Approximately: 200 calories 



Shanghai 75 (a take on a classic French 75)

From Fung Tu in New York City

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz Gin 
  • 1/2 oz Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 oz Tarragon Simple Syrup  

Preparation:

Combine ingredients in a shaker and shake.  Strain into a Champagne Flute and top with Prosecco.

Approximately: 134 calories


The Rothko

From Mixologist Evan Charest at Ray’s & Stark Bar in Los Angeles

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz Scotch
  • .5 oz Mezcal
  • 2 oz Carrot Juice
  • .5 oz Brown Sugar Syrup
  • .5 oz Lemon Juice
  • 1 dash Ginger Syrup

Preparation:

Combine all ingredients and shake for no more than 5 seconds. Double strain over a large coupe glass.
Approximately: 200 calories

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