January is here. New year, new you and all that. If you’re looking to trim the waistline, you could theoretically, by some stretch of the imagination, give up cocktails all together (a standard 1.5-ounce pour usually clocks in around 100 calories, regardless of spirit type). There’s a better plan: Swap these delicious, low-calorie recipes into your routine for (comparatively) guilt-free drinking in 2015.
By now, nearly everyone is aware of the health benefits of coconut water. Strangely though, when it comes to cocktails, most people don’t reach for it until the morning after. Try this delicious Vita Coco take on Brazil’s national drink and enjoy your cachaça with a balancing dose of potassium and electrolytes. Get the recipe for the Leblon Coco Caipirinha.
This Strawberry Daiquiri manages the balancing act of being sweet and tasty, even as it only clocks in at 110 calories. Teresa Howes, the drink’s creator and author of SkinnyTinis: All the Fun for Half the Calories, notes the drink is “not only half the calories but twice the fun.” Get the recipe for SkinnyTini’s Strawberry Daiquiri.
Combining real lime juice and muddled mint leaves, the traditional Mojito is already a refreshing, healthy-ish cocktail. This twist replaces the standard simple syrup with a zero-calorie Truvia mix, moving it into an entirely different direction. Get the recipe for the Low Calorie Mojito.
If Margaritas set you thinking about syrupy, over-sweet messes, then here’s a surprise. This recipe pares the classic down to the streamlined sour formula: one part sour; one part sweet; two parts spirit. With only tequila, fresh lime juice and natural agave nectar, this is a healthy, delicious option all year long. Get the recipe for the Partida Margarita.