Skinny Drinking Guide for the New Year

Skinny Drinking Guide for the New Year


Trying to shed some of that winter weight you gained over the holiday’s? Want to stay on track with your new year’s resolution? Sidestep the extra calories of elaborate happy-hour drinks with these cocktails that maximize flavor without blowing your diet.


Mizado Cocina’s Skinny Batida

Mizado Cocina’s Skinny Batida can be made with any fresh fruit. Look for it on the restaurant’s upcoming cocktail menu.


Apolline The Lorem Ipsum

The Lorem Ipsum is just one of the low-sugar cocktails created by Apolline bar chef Mark Schettler. The drinks easily fit with a healthy diet.

The Rickey Jr. at La Thai Uptown

The Rickey Jr. at La Thai Uptown was the first official Eat Fit NOLA cocktail — and the perfect accompaniment to the restaurant’s bold, spicy and flavorful menu.


When you’re worried about calories, drinking the wrong cocktail can make all the difference. Two drinks out with the girls suddenly turns into a 1,000-calorie night.

Cocktails & mixed drinks

With limitless combinations of spirits and mixers, figuring out the nutritional stats for mixed drinks can be tricky for even the most nutrition-savvy individual. And while it’s no surprise that daiquiris are loaded with calories, most of us probably don’t realize that a “small” 20-ounce daiquiri can easily pack in 1,100 calories. And that “regular” 32-ounce daiquiri? Nearly 1,800 sugar-laden calories.

Fortunately, there are plenty of cocktails that are naturally low in calories and added sugars, or can be modified accordingly. Mojitos, for example, can be one of the best bets calorie-wise, with about 140 calories per 6 ounces. Compare that to nearly 500 calories for a frozen Margarita or pina colada, or the ridiculous stats for a frozen daiquiri.


A 5-ounce glass of wine — red or white — has 120 to 125 calories and 3 to 4 grams of carbs. Champagne (or sparkling wine) is about the same. But ounce-for-ounce, dessert-style wines and ports have twice as many calories, thanks in part to the higher alcohol content.

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