When you're worried about calories, drinking the wrong cocktail can make all the difference. Two drinks out with the girls suddenly turns into a 1,000-calorie night. Vodka sodas are always a safe bet but can get boring quickly. The next time you're out at a bar or restaurant, order one of these cocktails instead — all good and all well under 200 calories!
Before mudslides and appletinis were all the rage, there were old fashioneds. One of the earliest recorded cocktails, this 200-year-old bourbon drink is now a classic, and for good reason — there aren't a lot of ingredients getting in the way. Balanced and complex, try our recipe for an old fashioned  and then make sure to order one the next time you are out!
When made right, a margarita is a refreshing and low-cal cocktail. The classic margarita recipe  simply calls for tequila, lime juice, and a tiny bit of agave syrup or Cointreau. The most important thing is to skip premade mixes. If you're worried that the bartender may use a sugary mix, don't be afraid to ask them to use fresh lime juice and a splash of simple syrup instead.
Carrie and the rest of the Sex and the City gang obviously knew what they were doing, ordering cosmopolitans . Made from vodka, lime juice, and a splash of cranberry juice, a cosmopolitan barely breaks the 150-calorie mark.
Just like the margarita, the classic mojito recipe  has been tainted with a reliance on too much sugar or premade mixes. The original recipe is rum, mint, soda water, lime, and just a touch of sugar. Any trusted bartender will do you up right, resulting in a mojito that falls under 150 calories. To be on the safe side, ask the bartender to go easy on the sugar.
Whether you choose vodka, gin, or tequila, a gimlet is a tart, straightforward choice for those wishing to save calories. The basic recipe is alcohol (traditionally gin) mixed with lightly sweetened lime juice, served up in a martini glass. Make things more interesting by ordering a cucumber or basil gimlet .