Low Calorie Beer, Wine & Cocktails

What cocktails and alcoholic drinks are low in calories?

Light beer and wine are good choices, because they’re widely available and low in calories and Weight Watchers Points. The average 5 ounce glass of wine has about 120 calories and 4 Weight Watchers Points. To make it go even further, order a spritzer — iced wine plus seltzer! Perfect for warm weather. 

What Beer is Best on Weight Watchers?

To minimize your Weight Watchers Points spend while maximizing your enjoyment here are some of the most common light beers with their associated calories and weight watchers points.

Popular beer brands with 4 (or fewer) Points

Bud Light (110 calories / 4 points)
Busch Light (95 calories / 3 points)
Coors Light (102 calories / 4 points)
Corona Light (99 calories / 3 points)
Grolsch Light Lager (97 calories / 3 points)
Michelob Ultra (95 calories / 3 points)
Miller Lite (96 calories/ 3 points)
Milwaukee’s Best Light (96 calories / 3 points)
Sam Adams Light (128 calories / 4 points)
Yuengling Light Lager (99 calories / 3 points)

How Many Calories in Hard Seltzer?

Most hard seltzers are about 100 calories per 12 oz can and are typically about 4 WW points.

What is the Lowest Point Alcoholic Drink on Weight Watchers?

Calories in distilled alcohols such as vodka, gin, tequila and whiskey are based on the proof. A typical 1.5 ounce shot of 80 proof alcohol has about 100 calories. The higher the proof, the higher the alcohol and more calories the alcohol will have so if you are counting calories look for those with a lower proof number.

The lowest calorie option is to sip your liquor on the rocks.  You’ll slow down and savor a single drink, saving you calories in the long run.

The other option is to limit the calories of your mixer. There are a lot of tasty low calorie choices.

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Favorite Low Calorie Cocktail Mixers

Bitters
Liven up that simple booze + seltzer combo with bitters. They have super high flavor so you just need a dash.

Club Soda, Sparkling Water or Seltzer Water
These make great mixers because you get the bubbles without adding extra calories. Pair your favorite alcohol with a few ounces of club soda or sparkling water and a small splash of your favorite fruit juice and your cocktail will be tasty and fairly low in calories. Club soda or seltzer water is also a great way to stretch your white wine too. Remember white wine spritzers? Well, I’m happy to report that they’re back! I like rose wine spritzers too.

Diet Sodas
Diet sodas are another great mixer for alcoholic beverages. I like Sprite Zero,  Coke Zero, Diet 7up, ginger ale, tonic and Squirt. 

Fresh Fruit
Fresh lemons, limes, oranges, pineapple, and fresh or frozen berries, mango, etc. are great additions to low calorie drinks.

Light Juices
There are lots of low-calorie juice drinks available these days. Some of my favorites include Ocean Spray 5 calorie juice drinks (cranberry, cran-lemonade, cran-raspberry, etc.) and Tropicana Trop 50 with 50% less sugar and calories.

Sugar-Free Drink Mixes
Adding them to cocktails is a great idea because they’re mostly calorie-free and they taste great. My favorites are Crystal Light Lemonade and Fruit punch flavors.

Torani Sugar-Free Syrups
These low calorie syrups come in a whole slew of flavors. They are ideal for cocktails and mixed with club soda for low calorie Italian sodas. I’m especially fond of mango, orange and peach.

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Weight Watchers Classic Cocktails

  • Champagne + orange juice.  Just beware of the bottomless option… It’s easy to lose track of how many you’ve had. 
  • Gin + Diet Tonic
  • Rum + Diet Coke 
  • Vodka + Club Soda or Flavored Seltzer
  • Vodka + Bloody Mary Mix or Tomato Juice (doctored with lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce + hot sauce)
  • Vodka + Crystal Light
  • Vodka + Diet Ginger Beer (such as Goslings) for a lightened up Moscow Mule 
  • Vodka + Diet Tonic + Lime
  • Whisky + Diet Ginger Ale
  • White Wine + Club Soda or Sprite Zero 

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Creative Cocktail Combinations Made Lighter

Champagne or Prosecco + Pureed Watermelon + Squeeze of Lime

Tequila + Club Soda + Splash of Orange Juice + Maraschino Cherry
Think of this as a tequila sunrise spritzer. 

Gin + Club Soda + Splash of Grapefruit Juice 
This one’s a lighter twist on the classic Greyhound cocktail. If you find grapefruit juice too tart, add a little no-calorie sweetener.

Rum + Club Soda + Muddled Limes and Mint.
A lighter take on the classic mojito. If you like your drinks sweet, stir in a no-calorie sweetener. 

Tequila + Lime Juice + Sprite Zero
A skinny take on the margarita. You can also use lemon-lime flavored sparkling water for a less sweet version.

Tequila + Grapefruit Juice + Lime Juice + Club Soda + No Calorie Sweetener
A skinny version of Mexico’s national cocktail, the Paloma. For an even easier version try mixing Tequila + Diet Squirt. 

Coconut Rum + Club Soda + Splash of Pineapple Juice + Orange Slice 
A taste of the tropics done lighter! 

Vanilla Vodka + Diet Coke + Maraschino Cherry
If you want a sweet and low-calorie drink with the flavors of dessert, this drink’s for you. It tastes like an ice cream float, complete with the cherry on top!

Vodka + Club Soda + Splash of Cranberry Juice + Lime Wedge 
Think of it as a  Cosmo Spritzer!

Skinny Warm Weather Cocktails for Weight Watchers

Photo Credit: Hungry Girl

Frozen Mixed Berry Margarita (Hungry Girl)

Weight Watchers Raspberry Lemonade Cocktail (Keeping On Point)

Weight Watchers Coconut Margarita (My Crazy Good Life)

Skinny Strawberry Gin Cocktail (You Brew My Tea)

Diet Peach Wine Cooler (LaaLoosh)

Skinny Raspberry Margarita (Eat Yourself Skinny)

Citrus Summer Sangria (Eat Yourself Skinny)

Skinny Blueberry Spritzer (Peanut Butter & Peppers)

Celery Cilantro Cocktail (SkinnyTaste)

Skinny Watermelon Vodka Spritzer (You Brew My Tea)

Skinny Cold Weather Cocktails for Weight Watchers

One effective cold weather cocktail trick is to choose warm drinks with a large amount of water, such as a hot toddy or a decaf coffee & alcohol, so you sip it more slowly.

Photo Credit: Canadian Mist

Skinny Hot Toddy

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce whiskey
  • 2 teaspoons honey or maple syrup
  • 3 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 lemon round
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cinnamon stick optional garnish

Directions

Add the whiskey, honey and lemon juice to a mug. Stir in the hot water until the honey has melted into the mixture. Garnish with a lemon round and cinnamon stick, if desired. Enjoy!

Photo Credit: Hungry Girl

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Martha McKinnon

Martha McKinnonMartha is the founder and main content writer for Simple-Nourished-Living.

A longtime lifetime WW at goal, she is committed to balancing her love of food and desire to stay slim while savoring life and helping others do the same.

She is the author of the Smart Start 28-Day Weight Loss Challenge.

A huge fan of the slow cooker and confessed cookbook addict, when she’s not experimenting in the kitchen, you’re likely to find Martha on her yoga mat.

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