Here at From Our Cellar we’re huge fans of a well-crafted cocktail. In our opinion, no night out (or night in!) is complete without one.
Unfortunately, it’s no secret that some of our favourite tipples also come with a hefty calorie count (hello, White Russian…) which is less than ideal when you’re trying to stick to a healthier lifestyle. But before you quit cocktail hour altogether, we’re sharing a few of our favourite low calorie cocktail recipes that still pack plenty of flavour whilst cutting back on those calories – we’re pretty sure a few of them qualify as one of your five-a-day too!
Gin and Tonic with Blackberries and Mint
The humble Gin and Tonic is the perfect beverage to reach for when you’re trying to avoid drinking your calories. Exchanging your normal tonic water for a zero-calorie tonic is an easy swap without impacting the taste too much, but the key to making a G&T taste amazing? Garnishing correctly. It’s no longer just ‘ice and a slice’ in this classic cocktail, getting creative with your garnishes means the possibilities are endless. Try this refreshing combination of frozen blackberries and mint (added bonus – it turns your cocktail a very beautiful shade of pink!)
- 50ml Gin
- 150ml Gallybird Indian Tonic Water
- Frozen Blackberries
- 5 Mint Leaves (plus extra for garnish)
Fill a balloon glass to the brim with ice, add the gin and top up with the Gallybird tonic.
Place the blackberries in (and watch as your gin turns pink!), then crush the mint leaves slightly to release the flavours and drop in.
Garnish the top with extra mint leaves.
Binary Botanical Bloody Mary
We love a brunch cocktail as much as the next person, but we concede that it’s not always the most health-conscious decision to start on the cocktails before noon. By switching the vodka in a classic Bloody Mary with Binary Botanical 0.5% we’re dramatically reducing the calories whilst maintaining those delicious spicy flavours – not only that, but tomato juice is rich in vitamin C, potassium and antioxidants! As the saying goes, make sure you eat drink your vegetables!
- 50ml Binary Botanical
- 50ml Turner Hardy & Co Tomato Juice
- 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 4 dashes Worcestershire Sauce
- 4 dashes Tabasco sauce
- Pinch of black pepper & pinch of salt
Place all the ingredients in a shaker with plenty of ice. Shake a few times to mix the ingredients without making it frothy.
Pour into a glass and top up with ice cubes.
To Garnish, add a stick of celery and another little pinch of salt and a crack of black pepper.
Blueberry Vodka Fizz
Rich in antioxidants and mouth wateringly refreshing, this Blueberry Vodka Fizz ticks all the boxes for a delicious low calorie cocktail that doesn’t scrimp on flavour.
- St Patrick’s Potato Vodka*
- 2 handfuls of frozen blueberries
- Juice of one lime
- Soda water
- Fresh mint
Whiz the berries, St Patrick’s vodka and lime in a blender until well mixed. Pour into a tall glass and top up with soda water.
Garnish with extra blueberries and a sprig of mint.
*Lots of vodkas are made from potatoes, so don’t worry. They also make their gin from potatoes so this tipple is ideal if you are gluten-free or celiac.
We love a Margarita but it’s not always the healthiest choice. Solve that problem by substituting the triple sec/cointreau with freshly squeezed orange juice and a touch of agave syrup instead. You can make the healthy choice AND enjoy this Mexican classic. Cheers to that!
- 30ml freshly squeezed orange juice
- 50ml Silver Tequila
- 25ml fresh lime juice
- 1 tsp agave syrup
Chill your glass beforehand – ideally use a margarita or a coupe, but a tumbler works great too.
Sprinkle salt onto a small plate. Run a wedge of lime, or the bit you have just squeezed the juice from, around the rim of the glass then dip it into the salt, making sure to coat it well. If you like spice, then you can also add a little chilli to the salt for an extra kick.
Place all the remaining ingredients and lots of ice into a Boston shaker, then shake vigorously for 30 seconds to chill the liquid and mix everything thoroughly. Strain the liquid into your glass and garnish with a wedge of lime.
There are also loads of great variations on this recipe that you can try depending on your taste – simply switch the orange juice for another kind of juice, such as cucumber.
White Wine Spritzer
Delicious, hydrating and simple. The white wine spritzer is a classic and has endured the test of time, for good reason. Try elevating this healthy cocktail with the addition of orange bitters and a refreshing orange garnish.
- 120ml white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc
- Soda water
- Angostura Orange Bitters
- Orange twist to garnish
Pour the wine over ice into a large wine glass. Top up with soda water and a dash of orange bitters. Garnish with an orange twist.
So there we have it, 5 delicious and low calorie cocktails you can whip up quicker than you can say ‘it’s 5’oclock somewhere’. Enjoy!