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


1 part Skinnygirl™ White Cherry Vodka

1 part Skinnygirl™ Prosecco

4 parts cranberry juice



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


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)


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.


1 bag herbal cinnamon tea

1 ounce whiskey

Boiling water

Drizzle of honey, about 1 teaspoon

Lemon wedge

Cinnamon stick to garnish


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


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

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.


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


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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