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Cool Down: Low-Calorie Summer Cocktails

Looking for a fruity summer sip? Try one of these low-calorie recipes to toast without tacking on extra pounds.

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Strawberry Citrus Vodka Cocktail
Bryan McCay
Bryan McCay
Bryan McCay
Bryan McCay
Bryan McCay
Bryan McCay
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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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Piņa 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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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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