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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


  • 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


  • 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

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Light Summer Drinks to Enjoy On-the-Go

Written on July 13, 2012 at 12:45 pm , by

Sip on a refreshing drink to put a little pep back in your step. (Photo courtesy of Starbucks)

Written by Laura Cofsky, editorial intern

If the recent heat wave is any indication, summer is rapidly reaching its peak. And during these dog days of summer, it’s easy to feel like we’re constantly busy as we try to balance work with vacation plans and other fun in the sun activities. But even when we’re on the go, it’s important to take a moment to relax. Sometimes, it only takes a few invigorating sips to do the trick.

Lucky for us, some of our favorite shops have us covered. Keep reading to see where you can get a fast pick me up while still blowing that to-do list out of the water!


Introducing their new line of Starbucks Refreshers, these new drinks total 100 calories per handcrafted serving and contain green coffee extract – perfect for those who want the effects of coffee, but can’t stand the taste. It sounded too good to be true, so we tested it ourselves. The verdict? Yum! Available in summer-ready flavors like Very Berry Hibiscus and Cool Lime, this drink keeps you going while serving a generous helping of antioxidants.

Bonus: If you stop into Starbucks before 3p.m. on Friday, July 13, you can nab a Refresher for free!

Jamba Juice

This smoothie shop’s Fruit Refreshers not only come in a variety of beach-inspiring flavors like Strawberry Lemonade and Watermelon Splash, but they’re nutritional powerhouses too. The 16 oz. variety clocks in around 230 calories and can account for up to 90 percent of your daily vitamin C needs. If you choose the Tropical Mango flavor, you’ll also suck down more than half of your recommended dose for vitamin A. Made with refreshing coconut water, this light sip is bound to re-hydrate a busy girl during an errand-packed day.

Soft Serve Fruit Co.

If you’re looking for something that will hold you over for a while, try a smoothie from this company. Made from their signature soft serve fruit and your choice of liquid (water, skim, soy or almond milk), each pack anywhere from 289 to 338 calories and no added sugar. Our fave? The Berry Blast!

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