It’s almost New Year’s Eve and that means it’s almost time to party! 🍾🎆🎉
For many this means sipping cocktails and popping champagne bottles! Even if you don’t drink for most of the night, someone will inevitably shove a glass in your hand once it’s time for the countdown.
The downer is that all those cocktails and champagne glasses add up in calories and sugar.
It’s no secret alcohol is high in calories. But people may be shocked to know how much sugar is mixed into their cocktails.
If your cocktail has any of the following, it has added sugar:
- Pre-made mixes (like a margarita mix)
- Tonic water
- Soda (that isn’t club soda)
- Fruit juice (that isn’t 100% juice)
- Sugar syrups
You can drink smarter this New Year’s Eve to avoid many of those added sugars and calories. I have made a list of healthier cocktail choices to help you do this. These drinks are healthier because they contain things like:
- A lower calorie alcohol
- 100% fruit juice, fresh squeezed fruit juice, or light fruit juice
- Club soda (0g sugar), Seltzer or soda water (0g sugar), or diet soda
- No syrups or pre-made mixes
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1. The Skinny Mini Cosmo
The Skinny Mini Cosmo reduces calories and added sugar at every turn by using a lighter version of Smirnoff, ginger ale, and cranberry juice.
By using lighter versions of these ingredients, a 5oz serving of this drink is only 90 calories. Plus, the cranberry and lime juice adds a boost of antioxidants and vitamin C.
- 1 1/2 oz Smirnoff Sorbet Light Lemon
- 1 1/2 oz Diet Ginger Ale
- 2 oz Light Cranberry Juice
- Splash Fresh Lime Juice
Get the recipe here. By Liquor.com
2. Fresh Juiced Apple and Mezcal
This simple drink only contains a shot of mezcal and a freshly squeezed apple. The apple packs the drink with nutrients including fiber, vitamins and minerals.
- 1.5 ounces mezcal
- 1 Granny Smith apple
Get the recipe here. By Furthermore from Equinox
3. Kombucha Champagne Toast
Why not add some Kombucha to your champagne? Kombucha is a fermented, slightly alcoholic drink that contains prebiotics to help keep your gut healthy. Best part is, the Kombucha Champagne Toast is only 43 calories!
Get the recipe here. By Shape
4. Resolution Refresher
Light and refreshing, the Resolution Refresher uses a lower calorie vodka from Skinnygirl®. It’s bubbles come from seltzer water, which has zero calories and sugar.
- 1 part cucumber vodka, such as Skinnygirl® Cucumber Vodka
- 1/2 part vermouth
- 1/2 part lime juice
- Cucumber slices, thinly sliced
- Splash of seltzer
Get the recipe here. By The Daily Meal
5. Boozy Blood Orange Punch
This drink is packed with vitamin C, potassium, and antioxidants! It also provides a more natural source of sweetness by using fresh squeezed juice instead of fruit juice with added sugars.
- 1 shot vodka
- 1/2 cup Prosecco
- Juice of 2 blood oranges
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1 stem rosemary
Get the recipe here. By The Almond Eater
6. Vegan Eggnog
Traditional eggnog is notoriously a fat-filled drink. It is also high in sugar, averaging 20g of sugar per cup.
Try vegan eggnog for a much lighter drink. It uses banana instead of egg yolk, and almond milk instead of whole milk and cream. There is also no added sugar in this recipe.
- 1 Banana (frozen)
- ½ teaspoon Nutmeg (fresh grated recommended)
- 2 cups Almond Milk
- Rum – to taste
Get the recipe here. By Girl Makes Food
7. Champagne & Fruit
Champagne is actually already a lower calorie alcoholic drink. One glass of champagne (4 oz) is only 90 calories. Add some frozen fruit like berries into your drink for added bits of fun and health!
Keep in mind the sweeter the champagne, the more added sugar and therefore calories it contains. Champagne ranges from Brut Natural (least sweet, ~90 calories) to Doux (most sweet, ~120 calories).
Be sure to comment on this post to tell me which drinks you want to try! Enjoy & Happy New Year!
For more tips on staying healthy during the holidays read How to Use Holiday Spices to Boost Your Health and Happiness.