Low Calorie Cocktails: Celebrate the Holidays Without Blowing Your Waistline

Low Calorie Cocktails for the holiday season 8 Low Calorie Cocktails for the Holiday Season

Try these delicious low calorie cocktails recipes that will keep you in the holiday spirits without blowing up your waistline.

Who doesn’t like to throw back a couple of stiff ones during the holidays? Nearly everyone likes to let loose at this time of year, even me. And there are plenty of occasions to do so. Office holiday parties, tree and menorah lightings, Christmas Eve, and of course New Year’s Eve.

During the winter holiday season, there’s no shortage of celebrations that involves the free flow of distilled spirits.

Unfortunately, most holiday cocktails are loaded with fat and calories. The average cocktail contains 330-450 calories and 10-19 grams of fat! It’s like a fast food meal in a cup, lots of added fat and sugar (but no nutritional benefits).

The culprits also include other favorites such hot chocolates, mulled ciders, eggnog, and traditional grogs that chase away the winter chill but at the expense of adding massive calories. Don’t forget about the themed mixed drinks that make parties awesome while making your waistline more full.

Well then, how do you enjoy the holiday season without having to hide behind bulky sweaters till July? Here are 8 fun low calorie cocktails ideas that have been modified from their original versions to reduce calories, sugar, and fat.

Enjoy them without the 10-pound holiday hangover!

low calorie pumpkin pie martini1. Pumpkin Pie Martini. It’s as yummy as it sounds. There are are several pumpkin liqueurs on the market, which are convenient, but add a lot of unnecessary calories. Even in late December, you should be able to find pumpkins in the markets. By using real pumpkin, you get the flavor without the calories—and, believe it or not, a little fiber in your drink. Yeah, I know you’re worried about your fiber count right?

  • 6 oz. vanilla-flavored vodka
  • 6 oz. canned unsweetened pumpkin
  • 4 oz. fat-free condensed milk
  • 4 oz. unsweetened almond milk (or fat-free milk)
  • 4 Tbsp. pumpkin pie seasoning
  • Ice cubes
  • 6 crushed reduced-fat vanilla wafers

Directions: Place vodka and pumpkin in a bowl, and stir until pumpkin has dissolved. Stir in condensed milk and almond milk. Add seasoning and stir well. Dip rims of glasses in crushed vanilla wafers. Pour liquid over ice into glass and enjoy. Makes 6 servings.

Nutritional Information (per serving):
Calories Protein Fiber Carbs Fat Total Saturated Fat
105 1 g 2 g 6 g < 1 g < 1 g

low calorie grog2.  Grog. Its rich history dates back over 400 years, when it used to be rationed out to sailors at sea. The sailors wouldn’t drink their scurvy-preventing dose of lemon juice straight, so the ship’s leaders often times laced it up with a little rum. This of course made it much tastier, and the sailors drank it without much complaint. In fact, it got so popular that the term “groggy” originated from this drink.

  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 whole lemon peel
  • 1 whole orange peel
  • 4 Tbsp. sugar
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 10 oz. water
  • 4 oz. golden rum

Directions: Place lemon juice, lemon peel, orange peel, sugar, cloves, cinnamon sticks, and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer and let simmer for 15 minutes, remove from heat, and slowly stir in rum. Pour though a fine strainer into mugs; place one of the cinnamon sticks in each mug as a garnish. Makes 4 servings.

Nutritional Information (per serving):
Calories Protein Fiber Carbs Fat Total Saturated Fat
118 < 1 g < 1 g 14 g < 1 g < 1 g

low calorie gingerbread toddy3.  Gingerbread Toddy. In cold weather, a hot drink can warm you up faster than a Snuggie® and an electric blanket. I grew up in Toronto so being cold is something I’m quite familiar with. Even though I now live in San Diego and it’s about 70 degrees Fahrenheit in January, I still remember my roots. 🙂 I could have used a few of these in my younger days. This hot toddy will make you feel warm while it makes you think you’re eating gingerbread cookies. Yummy.

  • 1 oz. brandy
  • 1 oz. gingerbread liqueur
  • Juice from 1 lemon wedge
  • 8 oz. hot water
  • 1 cinnamon stick

Directions: Pour first four ingredients into a preheated mug in the order listed. Garnish with a cinnamon stick as a stirrer. Makes 1 serving.

Nutritional Information (per serving):
Calories Protein Fiber Carbs Fat Total Saturated Fat
155 < 1 g < 1 g 11 g < 1 g < 1 g

low calorie holiday hot chocolate4. Holiday Hot Chocolate. Most hot chocolate recipes will cost you 500+ calories, but this one is a little less punishing on your hips . You can obviously buy no-sugar-added hot chocolate in packages and do this the easy way. But you’re no slacker. And, you probably don’t trust the sugar substitutes either. Instead, trying making homemade hot chocolate using this low calorie recipe, which has the added benefit of making your house smell amazing and impressing your friends and family.

  • 4 cups evaporated fat-free milk
  • 1 cup fat-free milk
  • 1/2 cup baking chocolate
  • 2 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sugar (or use 1/3 cup agave)
  • 6 oz. Frangelico® liqueur
  • 6 miniature candy canes

Directions: Combine evaporated milk, fat-free milk, chocolate, vanilla, and sugar in medium saucepan and heat on stove over low heat. Remove from heat and stir in Frangelico. Pour into mugs and garnish each with a small candy cane. Makes 6 servings.

Nutritional Information (per serving):
Calories Protein Fiber Carbs Fat Total Saturated Fat
340 16 g 2 g 45 g 6 g 3 g

low calorie peppermint martini5.  Peppermint Martini. This is perhaps the simplest and tastiest of the low calorie cocktails (although I don’t think James Bond would approve). Just three ingredients and a bit of candy cane. If you’re not into vodka, you can of course replace it with gin, but it won’t taste exactly the same. I really like this recipe because it is oh so chic and elegant and sophisticated. The perfect New Year’s cocktail if there ever was one!

  • 9 oz. vanilla vodka
  • 9 oz. peppermint schnapps
  • 3 oz. fat-free condensed milk
  • Ice
  • 6 miniature candy canes

Directions: Place all liquids in a martini shaker with ice. Shake and pour into glasses. Garnish each with a candy cane. Makes 6 servings.

Nutritional Information (per serving; not counting the candy canes):
Calories Protein Fiber Carbs Fat Total Saturated Fat
232 1 g < 1 g 13 g < 1 g < 1 g

low calorie mulled apple cider6. Mulled Apple Cider. Nothing makes a house smell more warm and inviting than some mulled apple cider—except maybe those overpriced candles constantly being advertised on TV. Imagine walking in from the cold winter chill and being greeted with the fragrant aroma of this low calorie mulled apple cider. Isn’t that a lovely thought? It almost makes me want to shovel snow just thinking about it.

  • 8 cups apple cider
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 1 navel orange, peeled and sliced crosswise
  • 1 2-inch piece of peeled fresh ginger, cut into 6 slices
  • 4 oz. light brandy

Directions: In a large saucepan, combine cider, cinnamon stick, cloves, orange, and ginger and simmer mixture for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and add brandy to pan. Stir, then strain mixture through a fine strainer into a heatproof pitcher. Serve warm. Makes 6 servings.

Nutritional Information (per serving):
Calories Protein Fiber Carbs Fat Total Saturated Fat
202 < 1 g < 1 g 37 g < 1 g < 1 g

low calorie Blitzen's bliss7.  Blitzen’s Bliss. Given that Blitzen is the final reindeer in the lineup, he probably gets knocked around a fair bit by the sleigh over the course of Santa’s travels on Christmas Eve. But once the crew is done circumnavigating the globe, Blitzen comes home and has a few of these, and it’s all good. Since they only have 130 calories apiece, he doesn’t feel all bloated for his Christmas dinner the next day. Plus, who doesn’t like pomegranate juice?

  • 2 cups pomegranate juice
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 8 oz. vodka
  • 1 tsp. peppermint extract
  • 12 ice cubes
  • 4 Tbsp. chopped mint leaves
  • 6 miniature candy canes

Directions: Place first four ingredients in shaker with ice. Shake and pour into individual glasses. Sprinkle each with mint and garnish with candy cane. Makes 6 servings.

Nutritional Information (per serving; not counting the candy canes):
Calories Protein Fiber Carbs Fat Total Saturated Fat
130 < 1 g < 1 g 11 g < 1 g < 1 g

low calorie cocktails-sangria8. Low Calorie Sangria. Something fruity and delicious to take away the winter chill? No, I’m not talking about your Aunt Erma’s ten-ton fruit cake. This low calorie Sangria will do nicely, thank you. Even in the dead of winter, you can still find the fresh fruit ingredients in your local grocery store, or even Costco. Get your daily dose of vitamin C laced with wine tannins. Your heart and butt will appreciate you for it. Nice.

  • 10 green grapes, halved
  • 4 fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1 peach, pitted and sliced
  • 1 bottle white or red wine
  • 1-1/2 cups white grape juice
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 2 sprigs fresh mint

Directions: Place fruit and wine in a large glass pitcher. Add juice and brandy and stir gently. Add mint and stir gently once more. Chill in refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving. Serve straight or over ice. Makes 6 servings.

Nutritional Information (per serving):
Calories Protein Fiber Carbs Fat Total Saturated Fat
183 1 g 1 g 14 g < 1 g < 1 g

Low Calorie Cocktails

Go ahead and have a “cup of cheer” this holiday season. With these low calorie cocktails, you can now enjoy it without having to do 1000 jumping jacks afterwards, or wear your baggy sweatpants for the entire month of January. Happy holidays!

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About Jade Nuyen

You know the people who tell you that life goes downhill after 40, or after you've had children? They're full of crap. I prove it to myself every single day that life begins after 40 and you don't have to accept being a frumpy out of shape mom as a lifestyle.
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