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Cocktails while on a diet?

What are your favorite lower calorie cocktails while you are out? I cant bring myself to drink things mixed with diet coke, so I am looking for other options.

Mon. Feb 5, 1:20pm

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red wine but has to be high end or it will stain your teeth and give you a headache.

martinis really do it. none of the frou frou ones. Straight up with 3 large olives.

Monday, February 05, 2007, 1:21 PM

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There's a thread of diet-friendly cocktails which might help you, linked below (search "cocktail" if it doesn't work).

New favorite: raspberry-flavored vodka, seltzer, twist of lime


Monday, February 05, 2007, 2:00 PM

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bloody mary - tomato juice is one of the lowest-calorie juices.

light beer - I'm not the hugest beer fan, so it takes me awhile to drink, and a light beer has between 80 and 120 cals.

vodka and DIET tonic - only available at certain restaurants, or the grocery store. Regular tonic water is just like regular soda - tons of sugar and calories. But diet tonic has no calories.

Dirty martini - vodka and olive juice. Though, the olive juice probably has a lot of olive oil; I have no idea.

I agree with the red wine, but I disagree with the "must be high end or it will stain your teeth and give you a headache." Well, that's probably true if you're drinking a bottle in a sitting! But, a glass or two, I've never had it stain my teeth (if this is a problem, try brushing your teeth or at least rinsing your mouth recently before you drink; my dentist told me to do this before I have coffee). I happen to LOVE Barefoot Zinfandel, which is about $6.50/bottle at my grocery store.

Monday, February 05, 2007, 2:59 PM

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If you don't want to worry about staining your teeth, you could just drink white wine instead of red. A 5-oz glass of chardonnay is about 110 calories.

Monday, February 05, 2007, 3:41 PM

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Take that same glass of chardonnay and halve it - then fill the glass with sparkling water or club soda. Tastes great, half the calories (and zero hangover)

Monday, February 05, 2007, 4:10 PM

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Beck's Light--tastier than Amstel and only 60 calories

Red wine is always good

Get your martini dry versus dirty.

And it's always good to down loads of water and/or diet soda before, during, and after.

Monday, February 05, 2007, 4:12 PM

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My favorite is Smirnoff Orange vodka and Sprite Zero ( 0 cals 0 carbs and all the flavour) It's about 68 calories a glass and tastes fantastic!

Monday, February 05, 2007, 4:43 PM

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and again, weird! there was a comment posted at 441, but it's no longer here. hmmm...

Monday, February 05, 2007, 4:43 PM

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If you don't want to worry about staining your teeth, you could just drink white wine instead of red.

Only assuming that you don't care whether you're drinking white or red wine! Some people's personal preference based on taste would be to never touch one or the other.

Monday, February 05, 2007, 5:16 PM

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See, as fas I know - No bars carry sprite zero or diet tonic.

Monday, February 05, 2007, 8:26 PM

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My favorite drink in a bar is a diet coke with a slice of lime. It saves me money and doesn't add up to any calories. And it's kind of like a treat, b/c I don't really let myself drink soda usually, I stick to water. I also love red wine, but I'd rather buy a bottle for $10 to enjoy at home than $7+ for a glass of something at a bar that, in the bottle, would cost $4.99 for the whole thing!

Tuesday, February 06, 2007, 2:52 PM

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i drink Jamesons with water, a lot of water. i'll have maybe 2 of these and then do just water. it's a nice buzz w/o losing control and i drink a lot of water, too!

Tuesday, February 06, 2007, 3:09 PM

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Just a note. Flavored vodka's have a ton of sugar. So if your drinking vodka stick to the traditional stuff.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007, 5:10 PM

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Lemon drop shooters. Woo hoo!

Tuesday, February 06, 2007, 6:06 PM

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Rum and diet coke, baby! about 50 calories.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007, 7:00 PM

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Note: Rum and diet coke is about 100 calories, as rum is about 100 calories per shot.

Another alternative to diet soda is seltzer with a splash of fruit juice. It makes a fruity soda that you can add rum or vodka to. Or, if the bar has any of those new low-cal flavored rums/vodkas, that'd go well with whatever fruit juice you decide to splash in the seltzer!

Wednesday, February 07, 2007, 10:24 AM

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This is an earlier thread on the subject.


Saturday, February 10, 2007, 9:42 PM

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I drink red wine with seltzer water, sort of like a spritzer

Sunday, February 11, 2007, 6:54 PM

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even one glass stains my teeth if it's cheap wine. Anything over $12 is usually fine.

Sunday, February 11, 2007, 8:14 PM

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5 lowest-cal drinks, per peertrainer caloriewiki

Puts a rum & coke at 65 cals ;c)


Sunday, February 11, 2007, 10:55 PM

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Although the Wiki puts a rum and diet coke at 65 calories, it includes 1oz of rum. A shot glass is 1.5oz, which would bring the calories up by 50%, to around 100 cals, just like the Feb. 7th, 10:24am poster noted.

You can make any of the drinks lower-cal by going lighter on the amount of alcohol used. But, don't define drinks as x number of calories, and then make them strong and assume the calorie amount stays the same!

Monday, February 12, 2007, 11:19 AM

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low calorie cocktails

Make sure you check out You can search their database for drinks by calorie level and also make your own signature cocktail using their database. You can modify ingredients and quantities to make sure you have just the right combo!


Sunday, May 10, 2009, 1:06 AM

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Re: lower calorie drinks

Re: lower calorie drinks, I read on the very informative Women to Women natural health site ( that if you're going to have a drink, vodka has the least effect on our metabolism, as it has relatively few sugars and is a simple rather than complex drink (no tannins or sulfites, as in wine, and far fewer carbs than beer). I'd go with a vodka tonic with lemon, personally. Avoid the fruity cocktails and certainly avoid beer. I find that having a sparkling mineral water with lime in between drinks is fun and satisfying, and keeps me hydrated. Enjoy!


Sunday, May 10, 2009, 6:03 AM

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Sugar Free cocktail mixers

I know exactly what you mean. I follow a strict low carb diet and have had difficulty finding suitable drinks while out and about. I wanted to tell you about Go Cocktails. They have sugar free mixers less than 1 carb, 5 calories each and they are fabulous. I carry the packs with me anytime I go out in my purse. My favorites are appletini and the sweet and sour mix. Go to to buy them. It's about time someone came up with a product like this. I can't say enough about how delicious they are...and guilt free... woohooo!


Sunday, July 11, 2010, 12:23 AM

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