Naturally Low Calorie Cocktail Classics

This is our blog's 3rd "New Year" and one request that frequently surfaces in January is for "skinny" drinks. As a rule of thumb, if you stick to 1 to 1.5 ounces of alcohol and use fresh juices as mixers instead of store-bought versions loaded with corn syrup, you can usually keep your cocktail's calorie count at around 100. But we also thought we'd share some classic recipes that are naturally low-calorie and save you from shouting the word "skinny" across a busy bar.

Bacardi Classic 120 calories 1.5 ounces Bacardi light rum 1 ounce fresh lime juice 1 teaspoon grenadine (or less)

Bellini 103 calories* 1 glass of bubbly 1/2 ounce f fresh peach juice *1 tablespoon of peach schnapps instead of juice for 32 calories

Gimlet 109 calories 1.5 ounces gin Squeeze of 1/4 of a lime Pinch of sugar

Salty Dog 123 calories 1.5 ounces vodka 2 ounces fresh squeezed grapefruit juice Salted rim

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