It’s official – it’s SUMMER… it’s HOT… and I need a COCKTAIL (without all the calories and guilt)! With the summer cookouts, holiday get-togethers (hello 4th of July), lazy lake days, vacays and staycays already here, I have been busy mixing up some new skinny summer cocktails plus trying some new products and cheat-niques to lower the calories (often sugar) without sacrificing the great taste.

First up, let’s get a handle on the amount of calories in some of our favorites.  After all, how can we get skinny cocktails without knowing the numbers???

Wine, Spirits and Beer

  • 5 oz. Red Wine = 125 calories
  • 5 oz. White Wine = 121 calories
  • 5 oz. Rose = 105 calories
  • 5 oz. Champagne = 84 calories
  • 1 oz. Vodka, rum (light), tequila = 64 calories
  • 1 oz. Gin = 74 calories
  • 12 oz. Michelob Ultra = 95 calories

Low Calorie/Skinny Mixers

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Zero Calorie Mixers

  • Be Mixed – flavors: Margarita, Ginger Lime, & Cucumber Mint
    Be Mixed Zero Calorie Mixer Recipes

    Be Mixed – Zero Calorie Mixers


  • “Bubbly Waters” – otherwise known as sparkling waters, seltzer (water + carbon dioxide), and club soda (water + CO2 + potassium sulfate + potassium bicarbonate which gives slightly salty flavor).  Favorites in this category (all with multiple flavors):
  • Diet Sodas (diet coke, diet 7-up, etc…
  • RSVP Skinnies – powdered mixer (margarita and cosmopolitan)


How about another zero calorie hack…a recipe for Simple Syrup!

Bring 2 cups water to a boil and add ¼ cup Stevia (I like Sweet Leaf).  Simmer until dissolved. Reserve, store, and use as needed to sweeten.

Now we are ready for some of my favorite recipes with additional tips to amp of the flavor without adding oodles of calories!


Skinny Summer Cocktails — ALL the FLAVOR None of the GUILT

Some Classics

Good Ole’ Vodka Tonic or Gin & Tonic – 82 calories for Vodka Tonic and 92 for Gin & Tonic

Fever Tree Naturally Light Vodka Tonic Skinny cocktail recipe

Fever Tree Naturally Light Vodka Tonic

4 oz. Fever Tree Naturally Light Tonic

1 oz. vodka or gin

wedge of lime or lemon to garnish






Vodka Soda/ Spritzer – 75 calories (plain vodka), 95 calories (select flavored vodkas) 

Ketel One Botanicals Skinny Vodka Recipe

Ketel One Botanicals Cocktail

1.5 oz. vodka (plain, flavored [fave – vanilla or pear], or my new fave – Ketel 1 Botanicals — yum)

3 – 4 oz. favorite soda water or seltzer (plain or flavored — think La Croix)

Garnish with berries, citrus, or mint


Rum & Coke – 96 calories

1.5 oz Rum

4 oz Diet Coke


Champagne or Wine Spritzer – 90 calories (champagne/prosecco) to 125 calories (wine)

5 oz. Champagne, Prosecco, white or Rose wine

3 oz. sparkling water (plain or flavored)

Garnish with berries, pomegranate seeds, citrus, and/or herbs (mint or rosemary)


Beer-a-rita – 95 calories (or half the recipe and it’s 48 calories for an 8 oz. drink!)

Beerarita Skinny Cocktail Recipe

Be Mixed Beer-A-Rita via

4oz. Be Mixed Margarita mix

12 oz. Michelob Ultra

Lime wedge



Some Fancier Fare


Elderflower Champagne – 120 calories

4 oz. Champagne

4 oz. Belvoir Fruit Farms Elderflower Lemonade (a great low-calorie substitute for St. Germain)

Garnish with lemon and mint



Elderflower Vodka Spritzer – 125 calories  

Elderflower Vodka Spritzer Skinny Cocktail Recipe

Elderflower Vodka Spritzer

1.5 oz Vodka

4 oz. Belvoir Fruit Farms Elderflower Lemonade

Splash of seltzer. Garnish with fruit.

***If Elderflower is your JAM (like me), check out my other blog post Raising the Bar for Elderflower Cocktails HERE.



Paloma – 103 calories 

Paloma Skinny Cocktail Recipe

Paloma Cocktail via Pure Wow

1 oz. Tequila

2 small wedges (3 oz) fresh grapefruit

1 oz. skinny simple syrup (see recipe above)

1- 2 small slices of jalapeno (seeded – adjust based on heat tolerance or leave out completely)

3-4 oz. La Croix Grapefruit soda


Lemon Drop Martini109 calories  

Lemon Drop Martini Skinny Cocktail Recipe

Lemon Drop Martini via Creative Culinary

1.5 oz vodka

2 oz fresh lemon juice

Pinch of stevia or couple of drops skinny simple syrup

2 oz. La Croix Lemon soda

Garnish with lemon wedge




Blackberry Cucumber Mojito98 calories

Blackberry Cucumber Skinny Mojito Recipe

Blackberry Cucumber Skinny Mojito via Eating Bird Food

2 blackberries

3 cucumber slices

3 sprigs mint

Muddle above then add:

1.5 oz Light Rum

4 oz. La Croix Blackberry Cucumber




Even “skinnier” variation of above – 88 calories

1.5 oz. coconut flavored rum (Cruzan)

4 oz. Be Mixed Cucumber Lime

1 oz.  fresh lime juice

4 oz. soda water

2 mint leaves.  Garnish with lime.

Watermelon Mojito 80-91 calories  

Watermelon Mojito Skinny Cocktail Recipe

Watermelon Mojito via Baking Bites

1.5 oz light rum

6 oz. La CroixWatermelon Kiwi  OR Bai Bubbles Watermelon Lime

2 tbsp. Fresh lime juice

2 mint leaves (muddled)

Garnish with watermelon cubes


Pineapple & Mint Moscow Mule 120 calories

Pineapple & Mint Moscow Mule Skinny Cocktail Recipe

Pineapple & Mint Moscow Mule

2 tbsp. Lime juice

1 small slice of pineapple

2 mint leaves

Muddle then add:

1 oz vodka

6 oz. Fever Tree Naturally Light Ginger Beer



Be Mixed Moscow Mule 95 calories 

Be Mixed Moscow Mule Skinny Cocktail Recipe

Be Mixed Moscow Mule

Squeeze juice of one lime

1.5 oz vodka

4 oz Be Mixed Ginger Lime

Soda water to taste

Garnish with slice of orange and lime

Recipe via


Grapefruit & Rosemary Margarita 104 calories 

Grapefruit & Rosemary Skinny Summer Cocktail Recipe

Grapefruit & Rosemary Margarita

¼ grapefruit peeled

½ lime juiced

Muddle together then add:

1 oz. tequila

3 oz. La Croix Grapefruit Club Soda



Spicy Mango Margarita 120 calories   

Skinny Summer Cocktail - Spicy Mango Margarita Recipe

Spicy Mango Margarita via Type One Type Happy

1 oz tequila

2-3 jalapeno slices (muddled)

4 oz of premixed margarita mix (Be Mixed, Jordan’s, or Stirrings)

⅓ cup of pureed fresh mango

Stir until combined completely.

Coat rim of glass with lime and dip in sugar/salt mixture



So here’s to tons of summer fun, food, and drink, without all the calories. Give these skinny summer cocktails a try and feel free to add comments below about your favorites.   Please remember to drink responsibly and designate a driver whether on land or water.