Cheat With These Cocktails At Happy Hour

by Z Living Staff

Technically speaking, alcohol is what food experts would consider “empty calories”. You know the drill, they contain a lot of energy, but absolutely no nutrition.

But let’s be real: drinking is just too much fun to listen to nutritionists. I mean, what would life be without the occasional (and totally mouthwatering) cocktail?

And so, to honor the spirit of spirits — and also the spirit of nutritionists, we have created for you a collection of cocktail recipes that won’t break the calorie bank. That’s right, all of these below have less than 160 calories.

The key: use real ingredients. Cocktails should have a little liquor, a little citrus, and a little ice. That’s it!

1.  The Old Fashioned - 155 Calories

  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar

  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters

  • 2 ounces bourbon

  • 1/2 teaspoon water

  • 1 twist of lemon peel

Combine and serve on the rocks.


2. The Pure Margarita - 144 Calories

  • 1 1/2 ounces 100-percent agave blanco tequila (I use Espolón or Herradura)

  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice

  • 1/2 ounce Cointreau

Combine and serve on the rocks.

3. The Original Cosmo - 122 Calories

  • 1 1/2 oz. citrus-flavored vodka

  • 1/2 oz. Cointreau

  • 1/4 oz. fresh-squeezed lime juice

  • 1 oz. cranberry juice

  • ice

Shake and strain into a martini glass.

4. The Gimlet - 150 Calories

  • 4-5 large basil leaves

  • 1/2 ounce agave nectar or simple syrup

  • 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice

  • 2 1/2 ounces gin

  • ice

Shake and strain into a martini glass.

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