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Cool Down: Low-Calorie Summer Cocktails

  • Bryan McCay

    Strawberry-Citrus Vodka Cocktail

    This sweet-tart beverage may become your favorite way to enjoy summer's best fruit. Muddle a pitcher's worth of strawberries and mint in advance to quench thirsty crowds without breaking a sweat.

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  • Frozen Lime Margaritas

    Using store-bought limeade makes these margaritas a cinch to make; the extra ice keeps things light. With only 120 calories per drink, feel free to have a second — we are!

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  • Spiked Pomegranate Lemonade

    Club soda adds a welcome fizz and cuts the sweetness of this summer sipper. Add the antioxidant-rich pomegranate juice and you could practically call this a health tonic!

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  • Mojito Fresco

    This lightened-up version of the Cuban classic will keep the heat — and weight gain — at bay. Save even more calories by swapping in a sugar substitute.

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  • Sangria Sparkler

    Perfect for summer entertaining, sangria can stretch a (cheap) bottle of wine into a party-ready pitcher. Add extra club soda for a practically guilt-free libation.

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    Piña Colada Cooler

    Have a tropical getaway without leaving home with this refreshing, bubbly twist on an island favorite. So good, it almost doesn't even need rum. Almost.

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    Skinny Wasaberita

    Cooling off has never been hotter with this Wasabi-infused cocktail. Adding club soda or a flavored seltzer will tame the spice. Kampai!

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    Blueberry Lemon Breeze

    Muddled blueberries and agave nectar sweeten this elegant seasonal spirit. We love Prosecco in place of Champagne, but club soda works well in a pinch!

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    Grapefruit Basil Martini

    With a hint of basil, this martini only looks old school. Your homework assignment: trying it with both sweet and dry wines.

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  • Bryan McCay

    Blended Raspberry Cocktail

    Made with a powdered drink packet, this grown-up slushie couldn't be easier to whip up — perfect for last-minute company. Blend in a few berries for even fresher flavor.

    Originally published on FitnessMagazine.com, July 2012.

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