'Tis the season for festive holiday cheer, and that means yummy cocktails! But what about your diet?
Sadly, many of the best holiday drinks are loaded with sugar and calories, ruining your fitness efforts of the past few months—or your good intentions for the new year.
5 Delicious Holiday Cocktails That Won’t Ruin Your Diet
Fortunately for cocktail lovers everywhere, we’ve found these tasty low-cal drinks and compiled them all into one place. Check out the five mixed drinks below.
1. Apple Cider Sangria
This dairy and gluten-free drink is perfect for those holiday parties. It’s a traditional favorite — with a kick. It consists of yummy ingredients like white wine, vodka, apple cider, cinnamon, honey, oranges, and pomegranate, to name a few.
If you’re on a gluten-free diet, this recipe lets you enjoy a decadent holiday cocktail with a little less guilt. You can even find gluten-free vodka to go along with it.
2. Rosemary Gin Fizz
Want a simple cocktail without a lot of fuss, or calories? Then this light beverage is just the ticket.
Made from a few natural ingredients (lemon, honey, gin, club soda, and rosemary), it’s a great option for whipping up at the last minute.
3. Pumpkin Spice Hot Buttered Rum
Love pumpkin spice everything but hate the idea of wasting tons of calories on a Starbucks? This rich buttered rum recipe gives you the delicious buttery taste you crave, but with a few less calories and fat.
Consisting of ingredients like apple cider, vanilla, honey, and (of course) pumpkin spice seasoning, this cocktail will make you want to curl up by the fire with a good book this season.
4. Red Wine Hot Chocolate
Red wine and hot chocolate? Give the traditional hot chocolate drink a kick with some heart-healthy red wine, and you’ll feel like you’re indulging... without actually hurting your diet.
Made from red wine, skim milk, and dark chocolate, this recipe is full of nutritional benefits even though it seems too decadent to be healthy.
5. Minty Dog Cocktail
If you’re more into minty drinks than sweet ones, then this three-ingredient cocktail may be right up your alley.
Made with waistline-beneficial grapefruit juice, gin, and mint sugar, the Minty Dog Cocktail is perfect for a no-fuss, crisp beverage when your holiday gathering starts to get a little too intense.
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