5 Festive Low-Calorie Winter Cocktails

‘Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry! Although consuming calorie-laden cocktails can be anything but merry for our waistlines.

That said, you’re not about to sip your way through the festivities clutching a boring glass of H2O. Instead, simply arm yourself with a little caloric know-how. “Keep your calories—and your buzz—under control by choosing drinks that use club soda as mixers and that are free of added sugars, syrups or cream-based mixers (think Piña Coladas or Mudslides),” advises Keri Glassman, R.D., author of “Slim, Calm, Sexy Diet: 365 Proven Food Strategies for Mind/Body Bliss.” “And do the Holiday Hydrate—have a glass of water or club soda in between cocktails to help prevent a hangover and avoid getting too tipsy.”

Ready to belly up to the bar without derailing your diet? Try these five, easy-to-make holiday cocktails—all under 155 calories. We’ll drink to that!

1White Cherry Sparkling Prosecco

by Skinnygirl Cocktails

Ingredients:

1 part Skinnygirl™ White Cherry Vodka

1 part Skinnygirl™ Prosecco

4 parts cranberry juice

Ice

Directions:

Combine vodka, cranberry juice and ice in a martini glass. Top with Prosecco and enjoy!

Makes 1 serving

122 calories per serving

2Berry Merry Mistletoe

by Skinnygirl Cocktails

Ingredients:

4 parts cran-raspberry juice

2 parts Skinnygirl™ Bare Naked Vodka

¼ part fresh lime juice

Raspberries (for garnish)

Rosemary sprigs (for garnish)

Edible green with a red stem, such as a beet leaf (for garnish)

Directions:

In a shaker filled with ice, shake together juice and vodka. Add lime juice. Serve on the rocks. Garnish with raspberries, fresh rosemary sprigs and a beet leaf.

Makes 1 serving

152 calories per serving

3Tea Time Toddy

by Keri Glassman, R.D.

Ingredients:

1 bag herbal cinnamon tea

1 ounce whiskey

Boiling water

Drizzle of honey, about 1 teaspoon

Lemon wedge

Cinnamon stick to garnish

Directions:

Place tea bag in mug and add whiskey. Pour boiling water to fill mug. Add honey, lemon wedge and cinnamon stick. Let steep for 5 minutes. Serve.

Makes 1 serving

91 calories per serving

4Smirnoff Sorbet Holiday Glitz

by Smirnoff

Ingredients:

1.5 ounces Smirnoff Sorbet Light Lemon
2 ounces diet ginger ale
1 ounce cranberry juice

Directions:
Add first two ingredients in a highball glass over ice. Squeeze in lime and stir.

Makes 1 serving

92 calories per serving

5Cranberry Lime Punch

by Keri Glassman, R.D.

Ingredients:

3 ounces dry red wine (Pinot Noir)

2 ounces club soda

Splash of cranberry juice (unsweetened, not cocktail), about 1 tablespoon

Splash of lime juice, about 1 teaspoon

Frozen cranberries to garnish, about 1 tablespoon

Lime wedge to garnish

Directions:

Combine all liquid ingredients in a punch glass over ice. Garnish with frozen cranberries in the glass and a lime wedge on the rim.

Makes 1 serving

95 calories per serving

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