Alcoholic Beverage Choices for the Health Conscious

This will be my last post until I return from Vegas. So, I figured I would highlight the lowest calorie drinks since I am about to head out to Sin City, and would like to be friendly to the waist-line. First of all, it is important to remember that what is considered safe for alcohol is 1 drink per day for women, and 2 drinks per day for men. And no, you can not save up, and then go to Vegas and binge drink–not healthy. However, this is Vegas we are talking about.

AdiĆ³s sugary sweet pineapple cocktail!

Top Choices for Lighter Alcoholic Drinks:

  1. Wine: on average about 100 calories per 5 oz. glass, plus wine contains heart healthy polyphenols
  2. Vodka Soda/Vodka Diet Tonic: about 70-90 calories depending on the vodka brand/proof
  3. Champagne: one flute is only about 75 calories
  4. Coconut Rum is surprisingly lower in calories than other hard liquors: 51 calories per oz.; just mix with a diet tonic, and splash of orange juice and you have a drink under 100 calories! Don’t forget there are other light liquor choices like tequila, brandy, scotch which are all about 65 calories per oz.
  5. Bacardi and Diet Coke/Diet Tonic: a traditional cocktail at 65 calories per 5 oz drink, but I’m not a huge fan of coke…
  6. Gin and Diet Tonic: a personal fav at 120 calories per 6 oz.
  7. Lemon Juice and Lime Juice will only set you back 10 calories; add to a flavored liquor on the rocks or with diet soda/tonic.
  8. Light Beer: about 60-115 calories depending on brand

When not at a bar, you can get more healthy conscious by buying 100% fruit juice, diet mixers, mixing sangria, skinny margaritas, or pomegranate cocktails!

Did you know?? Alcohol is not a carbohydrate–it is a separate category. Alcohol contains 7 calories per gram which puts alcohol in-between carbohydrates and fat (less energy per gram than fat, but more energy per gram than carb/protein). This means is that it can be easy to consume hundreds of calories from alcohol without realizing.


  1. says

    It certainly is easy to consume hundreds of calories without noticing- enter first year university.. hahah

    I looove grey goose!

  2. says

    It's always good to be reminded of the more sensible alcoholic beverages. :)I usually do a bacardi and diet, but I like the lemon/lime juice suggestion. Thanks for the tips!

  3. says

    I'm not a huge drinker anymore, I mostly indulge in a glass of wine when the mood strikes. But I must admit that coconut rum with tonic and OJ sounds like heaven in a little glass!

    I'm going out to dinner on Friday and I just may have to have one!

    Hope you're having a blast in Vegas!

    • DanaDanes says

      Thanks for the recipe idea. I have never heard of it.
      I love that 360 Vodka and it comes in a cool bottle. Also try Marshmallow Smirnoff mixed with diet cream soda! Oh yum!

  4. says

    great post!! I try to "save" my calories for really nice drink. I'd rather not pre-game with diet coke and rums, and then have one nicely mixed cocktail. I am also learning to be more comfortable ordering nonalcoholic beverages at divey bars ;)

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