6 Skinny Cocktails That Are Refreshing Without The Extra Calories

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Don't spend happy hour worrying about the calories.

I love after-work happy hour with friends, but a lot of cocktails really throw a kink in my plans when I'm watching my waistline... And vodka soda gets pretty boring after a while. Luckily, there are ways to make flavorful, exciting, and tasty cocktails and cut some of the calories. Try one of these below! Because worrying about calorie intake at happy hour really puts a damper on things.

1. Sparkling Cucumber Lemonade

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Tart from the lemonade and fresh from the cucs. The perfect summer day sipper.

INGREDIENTS:
2 ounces Skinnygirl Cucumber Vodka
8 oz club soda
Crystal Light Lemonade packets, single serving (about 1/3 packet)
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Sugar or sweetener of your choice (I used 1 packet of Stevia)
3 cucumber wheels + 1 for garnish
1 lemon wheel for garnish (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:
To make the sparkling lemonade, combine the club soda, Crystal Light packet, lemon juice and sweetener. Mix until well blended.

In a cocktail shaker, muddle the 3 cucumber slices. Add cucumber vodka, then sparkling lemonade. Stir wiell with cocktail spoon (don't shake), and pour over ice. Garnish glass with cucumber wheel and lemon wheel.

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2. Skinny Mojitos

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Mint and lime. A match made in cocktail heaven. Sip sip ahh.

INGREDIENTS:
6-8 mint leaves
1/2 lime
1/2-1 ounce simple syrup
Lime Hard Seltzer

INSTRUCTIONS:
In the bottom of a tall glass squeeze juice of 1/2 of a lime. Add the lime and mint leaves, and muddle together.
Fill glass with ice. Add simple syrup, and fill to the top with lime hard seltzer. Stir gently to combine.
Garnish with more mint and lime if desired.

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3. Blackberry Bramble

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Ahhhhh gin. I love gin. Add blackberries with a little lemon and you've got a magical concoction on your hands.

INGREDIENTS:
1.5 oz gin
.75 oz blackberry liqueur (also known as creme de mure, but a "Late Harvest Zinfandel" would work nicely too)
4 blackberries, one for garnish
.75 oz lemon juice
1 oz simple syrup

INSTRUCTIONS:
In a cocktail shaker, combine all the ingredients (including 3 of the blackberries). Top with ice and shake vigorously. Pour contents into a cocktail glass. Top with additional ice, if needed. Garnish with remaining blackberry.

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4. Skinny Bloody Mary

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Brunch lovers, rejoice! Instead of a Bloody Mary with a million bajillion calories, this one is 156 per serving. #blessed

INGREDIENTS:
24 oz reduced-sodium V8®
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1½ Tbsp lemon juice
½ Tbsp Old Bay® seasoning
2 tsp hot sauce
1 tsp ground mustard
½ tsp celery seed
½ tsp black pepper
¼ tsp sea salt
3 oz Keel® Vodka
ice cubes
2 celery sticks
2 lemon slices

OPTIONAL ADD-INS (not included in nutritional calculations)
2 tsp horseradish (my favorite!)
4 slice turkey pepperoni
2 low-fat cheddar cheese cubes

INSTRUCTIONS:
Shake V8®, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, Old Bay®, hot sauce, ground mustard, celery seed, pepper, salt, vodka and (optional) horseradish in a large glass jar with a tight-fitting lid.
Fill two tall glasses with ice and divide the Skinny Bloody Mary between the glasses (a little more than 1½ cups each).
Garnish each with a celery stick, lemon slice and (optional) pepperoni and cheese cubes.

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5. Sparkling Skinny Sangria

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I mean who says no to a cool glass of sangria? It's drink AND a snack all in one. Try this lower calorie version that uses stevia to add a little sweetness.

INGREDIENTS:
1 bottle champagne
½ c. white rum
1 can citrus sparkling water
6 packets Born Sweet Zing Organic Stevia Sweetener™
¼ c. water
1 orange, sliced
1-2 limes, sliced
1 c. strawberries, sliced

INSTRUCTIONS:
Make simple syrup by bringing ¼ c. water to a boil, removing from heat, and stirring in 6 packets Born Sweet Zing™. Set aside to cool.
In a medium pitcher, combine champagne, rum, sparkling water, and simple syrup.
Add fresh fruit and stir.
Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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6. Grapefruit Elderflower Greyhound

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Fancy, 'cause it's got elderflower in it for a nice floral note. And if you're like me and love gin, go ahead a swap it in this recipe instead of the vodka.

INGREDIENTS:
0 ml / 2 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
30 ml / 1 oz. elderflower syrup
30 ml / 1 oz. vodka
ice cubes, about one handful for the shaker
for garnish: quartered grapefruit slices (1/8 to ¼ inch thick) or see below for bruléed grapefruit quarter

INSTRUCTIONS:
Fill your shaker with a small handful ice cubes and add grapefruit juice, elderflower syrup, and vodka. Shake vigorously and pour into a glass filled with ice.
Garnish with grapefruit slices.

For bruléed grapefruit: Bruléed grapefruit quarter for garnish: make a cut at the cone end of the quartered grapefruit slices, so it will later easily slide onto the rim of the glass. Cover evenly with sugar. Using a kitchen torch, heat sugar until melted and beginning to turn dark amber.

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