Let’s say you’ve just finished a grueling workout, and you want to reward yourself with a refreshing cocktail. But, you don’t want to totally counteract all the calorie-burning you just did.
Staying lean while still enjoying the bar scene can be tricky, but the best way to make sure the drink you order is not going to pop your waistband is to watch the sugar. Vodka with club soda is a go-to for many calorie counters, and that is a good option, but the taste is often lacking. So, here’s a list of cocktails that are delicious but won’t cause complete destruction to your diet.
Instead of a Glass of Wine: If you’re looking for a refreshing fruit drink without too much sugar, put down the glass of wine. Opt instead for a vodka-and-soda cocktail, and ask for just a splash of your favorite fruit juice for some flavor. Pomegranate, cranberry, and lime are all great choices, and organic juices are the best. Cognac with a splash of pomegranate and lime is also a great option.
Instead of a Piña Colada: Coconut water is lower in sugar and calories than most other juices, and has the added benefit of lots of potassium. This makes it a great post-workout drink, and gives you the satisfaction of a tropical drink without all the calories of a piña colada. Vodka and gin both go well in this drink.
Instead of a Margarita: Skip the mix and triple sec, and opt for fresh muddled lime and agave nectar. Agave nectar is a natural sweetner that is similar in texture to honey but does not provide the same spike in blood sugar. It is perfect not only in margaritas, but also lemon drops, kamikazes, and cosmopolitans. You can also try it with white rum, a dash of lime juice, and a few muddled mint leaves for the perfect alternative to the traditional mojito.
Instead of a Beer: If the last thing you want after a workout is something sweet, and you’re prone to knocking down a few cold, heavy beers, try going the 007 route instead. Straight up shaken-not-stirred martinis cut out any extra nonsense while providing you with a salty rather than sweet flavor, plus a little more kick than many light beers. But be careful, martinis tend to be stronger than your average beer, so take that into consideration before you order another round.
The last thing to remember is that the body consumes any alcohol as sugar, so it pays to pay attention to how many cocktails you enjoy. Cheers!