Girly, healthy alcoholic drinkHello, ladies! Might I interest you in a drink? When you’re at the bar, it can sometimes be difficult to find healthy alcoholic drinks for women, since so many of them have a lot of calories. Many of those mixers spike the sugar content too. This can wreak havoc on both your diet plans and your otherwise healthy lifestyle. What is a gal to do?

Just as switching from soda pop to a nice herbal tea is great option, the same can be said when it comes to the drinks with alcohol. Before you load up on that seriously sweet lime margarita, perhaps you should consider some of these healthier alternatives that pack just as much of an alcoholic punch, but without the dietary regrets.

Wine Spritzer

Wine spritzers are a low calorie standby that can be just as enjoyable as their more caloric counterparts. And they have two very important advantages worth noting. First, the wine itself is good for you in moderation. Red wine potentially prevents cancer (antioxidant) and heart disease. Second, the spritzer is a zero calorie mixer, letting you dilute your drink without packing on additional calories.

Wine Spritzer

Wine Spritzer (toolmantim / Flickr)

A typical five-ounce glass of wine is about 100 calories, but if you’re diluting it with spritzer, you can get away with less than five ounces, bringing the calorie count down even further.

Honey Mojito

Honey Mojito

Honey Mojito (CocktailTimes.com)

There’s nothing quite like a refreshing mojito on a hot summer day, but all that simple syrup is inherently packed with sugar (and calories). A really simple solution is to replace the simple syrup with honey. You still get the sweetness and you don’t have to turn to artificial sweeteners to do it.

To make your honey mojito, take out a tall glass and combine 2 ounces of rum and 4 ounces of club soda. Dissolve half a teaspoon of honey. Then, muddle one sliced lime with some mint leaves, adding the mixture to your drink. Fill with ice and you have a 150 calorie treat.

Christmas Cooler

Christmas Cooler

Christmas Cooler (Shape.com)

See the beautiful colors? The Christmas Cooler was featured in Shape Magazine and it’s perfectly suitable for seasons other than the winter holidays too.

What you’ll need to do is muddle together four whole blackberries, half a cinnamon stick, and one ounce of pomegranate grenadine. That last bit is made in advance by combining equal parts pom juice and sugar, cooking on a stovetop until reduced to a third. Add Tanqueray gin and 1/2 ounce of lemon juice. Shake with ice, strain into an ice-filled glass, and top with club soda.

Pomegranate Wine

Pomegranate Wine

Pomegranate Wine (SeriousEats.com)

Speaking of the popular superfruit, pomegranate can be fermented into wine too. Following the instructions on DailyFruitWine.com, you’ll end up with four liters of finished product. Remember that pomegranate offers three times the antioxidants as an equivalent amount of red wine! This is certainly more involving than just mixing a vodka cranberry, but you’ll get a much more unique beverage to show off to your other health-conscious friends.

Vodka and Crystal Light

Vodka and Crystal Light

Vodka and Crystal Light (EllenClarke.blogspot.com)

As I said above, mixers are largely to blame. For a nice variety of healthy alcoholic drinks, simple replace the less healthy mixers with healthier alternatives. You might already be drinking Crystal Light and other similar beverages, so why not spike it with some vodka? Alternatively, you can use diet cranberry juice, which can be as low as five calories a serving. Add in about 100 calories for 1.5 ounces of vodka, which won’t alter the taste of the juice that much, and you’ve got a 105 calorie drink that’s actually good for you.

Sangria: The Best Healthy Alcoholic Drinks?

Red Wine Sangria

Sangria (Dinner Series / Flickr)

Counting calories is only one consideration when it comes to healthy alcoholic drinks. You should also think about where you’re getting those calories. A popular drink among men and women alike is sangria, both in red wine and white wine varieties.

There’s a reason why some people call sangria one of the healthiest alcoholic beverages when on a diet. You get low carbs, low fat, and low calorie, but you get all the nutritional goodness of fresh fruit, coupled by the benefits of moderate wine consumption. A typical glass of sangria is about 150 calories.

Here’s to drinking to your health! Enjoy responsibly!

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