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Low-Cal Alternatives to Your Fave Summer Drinks

Written on July 20, 2012 at 11:49 am , by

This Grapefruit Fizz saves you 80 calories! Go ahead, drink up. (Photo courtesy of Beefeater and Plymouth Gins)

Written by Laura Cofsky, editorial intern

One of our favorite things about summer is the ability to relax outside. After being cooped up all winter long, there’s nothing quite like feeling the sun warm your skin (wearing SPF, of course!) while sitting by the pool, taking a dip in the ocean or chatting with friends at a backyard barbeque.

It’s also the season to enjoy refreshing tropical beverages of the adult variety. Want to indulge without all the guilt? Mix things up with these low-cal alternatives to your standby favorites.

If you like: Gin Fizz

Try: Grapefruit Fizz

Ingredients

  • 2 parts Beefeater 24 gin
  • 2 parts freshly-squeezed pink grapefruit juice
  • 1 part club soda
  • Pink grapefruit to garnish

Pour all ingredients into a Collins glass over ice. Stir & garnish with a slice of pink grapefruit.

Nutritional info: 154 calories; Calories saved: 80

If you like: Gin and Tonic

Try:  24 Triple Citrus & Tonic

Ingredients

  • 2 parts Beefeater 24 gin
  • 3 parts tonic water
  • Lemon, grapefruit and orange wheels to garnish

Pour all ingredients into a Collins glass over ice.

Nutritional info: 154 calories; Calories saved: 16

If you like: Mojitos

Try: Southside

Ingredients

  • 2 parts Plymouth gin
  • 3/4 parts fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 part Turbinado sugar syrup
  • 6 mint leaves
  • Mint sprig to garnish

Combine all ingredients, except mint sprig, in shaker. Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

Nutritional info: 65 calories; Calories saved: 135-155

Recipes courtesy of Beefeater and Plymouth Gins

Now you tell us: What’s your favorite summer adult beverage to cool down with?