10 Of The Best Low-Calorie Cocktails

Being on a diet is not fun. Fact. But as we move towards the season where we generally wear less and socialise more, we are all hitting the gym, chowing down on rice cakes and skipping the morning pain au chocolat. Well, we have good news for everyone who is on their spring health kick...you can still enjoy cocktail hour while being good thanks to The London Essence Company!

The Pomelo and Pink Peppercorn tonic that featured in our April Gin of the Month box is less than 20 calories with naturally-sourced sweetness and makes a mean Cosmopolitan! Get the recipe here, amongst other guilt-free, tasty tipples!


Cosmo Highball

Calories: 175 cal

20ml London dry gin
15ml Cointreau
10ml lime juice
125ml chilled Pomelo & Pink Pepper Tonic
Rose petals, to garnish

Fill a highball glass with ice. Pour over the gin, Cointreau, lime juice and tonic. Garnish and serve.


Salty Dog

Calories: 191 cal

45ml gin
85ml pink grapefruit juice
salt for the rim of the glass

Add the gin and juice to a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Rim a coupe glass with salt and add an ice cube. Pour contents of shaker into salt rimmed glass - enjoy!


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Elderflower Fizz

Calories: 84

Plenty of ice
4-5 mint leaves
25ml elderflower cordial
25ml Gin
50ml apple juice
Top up with Prosecco (approx. 1/3 of a glass)
3 slices of cucumber (1 for garnish)

Add the ice cubes to a large jug or pitcher, followed by the gin, elderflower cordial and apple juice. Pour in the Prosecco, then top up apple juice. Stir and serve in a tall glass over some ice. Garnish with mint leaves and cucumber.


Red Snapper

Calories: 122 cal

50ml  Gin
100ml Tomato Juice Cocktail
Hot sauce, to taste
Worcestershire sauce, to taste
A generous grind each of salt and pepper
Celery and lemon slices, to garnish 

Fill a tall glass with ice and combine your gin and tomato juice cocktail. Drop in hot sauce and Worchester Sauce to taste, then grind in salt and pepper. Stir with a celery stalk, squeeze in the juice of a lemon wedge (if desired) and serve.



Calories: 158 cal

30ml Gin
60ml Vermouth
2 dash Orange Bitter
Lemon Twist

Stir all ingredients with ice and strain into chilled glass.

Gin Gimlet cocktail with lime in a coupe glass


Calories: 178 cal

75ml gin
15ml Rose's lime cordial
Lime wedge or slice, to garnish

Add cordial and gin to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously. Pour into chilled Coupe glass and serve with a slice of lime.



Calories: 176 cal

50ml Gin
15ml Dry Vermouth
Zest of Lemon

Pour gin and dry vermouth into a cocktail shaker with ice. Stir well, then strain into chilled Martini glass. Zest the lemon peel and garnish by twisting it in a perfect spiral.

Gin and tonic with a wedge of lime

Gin & Tonic

Calories: 148 , Slimline: 97

50ml gin
Premium Tonic water
Lemon twist or wedge of lime to garnish

Pack a copa glass with ice. Pour in the gin followed by the tonic and gently stir. Add the twist of lemon or lime to garnish.

Tom Collins gin cocktail

Tom Collins

Calories: 122 cal

60ml gin
30ml lemon juice, freshly squeezed
15ml sugar syrup*
Soda water
Maraschino cherry, to garnish
Lemon slice, to garnish

To a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup.Shake vigorously until well chilled. Strain into a Collins glass filled with ice and top with soda water.Garnish with a slice of lemon and a single maraschino cherry to serve.

French 75 gin and champagne cocktails

French 75

Calories: 140 cal

55ml London dry gin
20ml fresh lemon juice
20ml simple syrup
55ml Champagne
Lemon twist to serve

Combine gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Fill a shaker with ice, cover, and shake vigorously for about 20 seconds. Strain cocktail into a large flute. Top with Champagne and garnish with a lemon twist.

Greyhound gin cocktail


Calories: 147 cal

50ml gin
100ml freshly squeezed pink or red grapefruit juice
Splash of Aperol
Grapefruit and rosemary, to garnish

Fill a glass with crushed ice. Add the gin and juice, then top with Aperol. Swirl a bit, then garnish as desired.