9 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 (sort of) with these low-cal concoctions!  

Salty Dog

Calories: 191

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Method:

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!

Ingredients:

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

 

Elderflower Fizz

Calories: 84 cal

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Ingredients: 

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.

Method:

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)

 Red Snapper

Calories: 122

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Method:

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 celery stalk, squeeze in the juice of a lemon wedge (if desired) and serve.

Ingredients

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

 

ASTORIA

Calories: 158

Method:

Stir all ingredients with ice and strain into chilled glass.

Ingredients:

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

 

Gimlet

Calories: 178

Gin Gimlet cocktail with lime in a coupe glass

Method:

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.

Ingredients:

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


 


Martini

Calories: 176

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Method:

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.

Ingredients:

50ml Gin
15ml Dry Vermouth
Zest of Lemon


Gin & Tonic

Calories: 148, Slimline: 97

Gin and tonic with a wedge of lime

Method:

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. 

Ingredients:

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



Tom Collins

Calories: 122

Tom Collins gin cocktail

Method:

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.

Ingredients:

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


French 75

Calories: 140

French 75 gin and champagne cocktails

Method:

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

Ingredients: 

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


Greyhound

Calories: 147

Greyhound gin cocktail

Method:

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

Ingredients:

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