What better time than summer to enjoy a cocktail? Cocktails are typically high in calories, though, especially with the alcohol content. This summer, enjoy some super cocktails without ingesting the unnecessary calories. Read on for a few low-calorie cocktail recipes.

Sangria Sparkler

  • 750-milliliter bottle dry red wine
  • 1 cup light orange juice
  • 1/4 cup brandy or cognac
  • 1/4 cup orange liqueur
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 medium oranges, sliced
  • 2 cups club soda, chilled
  • Crushed ice and/or orange peel curls (optional)

In a large pitcher, combine wine, orange juice, brandy, orange liqueur, sugar, and orange slices. Chill at least 2 hours. Add club soda before serving. Serve over crushed ice and/or with orange peel curls, if desired.

Mojito

Mojitos are refreshing cocktails made with light rum. Very light to the taste, these cocktails are low in calories as well.

  • ¾ oz lime juice
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • 1 ½ oz light rum
  • 2 oz club soda
  • Ice cubes

Combine all ingredients in a glass and stir until completely mixed. Enjoy your mojito with family and friends.

Blueberry-Lime Margarita

One final low-calorie summer cocktail to try is the blueberry-lime margarita. This frozen deliciousness only contains 125 calories per serving.

  • 2 cups ice
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup blueberry nectar
  • 1/4 cup seltzer
  • 2 tablespoons frozen limeade
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 3 ounces tequila, optional
  • 1 lime wedge
  • Coarse salt

To create this cocktail simply combine ice, blueberries, blueberry nectar, seltzer, limeade, lime juice and tequila, if using, in a blender and blend until smooth. Rub rim of 2 glasses with lime wedge and dip in salt. Divide the margarita between the prepared glasses and serve.

Enjoying cocktails in the summer does not have to result in a calorie overload that results in a no-liquor diet. The above three cocktails are all low in calories, yet taste fabulous. You can play around with the recipes to create your own or you can look up more low-calorie recipes on Google.