It is no secret that alcohol is not very forgiving on your waistline. Anyone who has tried sticking to a diet with calorie counting will have learnt that it is often alcoholic drinks, and not food, that add up the quickest. This also explains why many people lose weight just from stopping drinking alcohol alone.
However, the calorie content between drinks varies significantly, so by choosing carefully it is possible to still enjoy the odd drink if you are trying to reduce your calorie intake. As the only retailer in the EU specialising in the sale of reduced calorie alcoholic drinks and providing you with an increased awareness of the calories you drink, we’ve done much of the hard work for you.
In this blog, we will discuss some of the best lower calorie alcohol options that you can find here at DrinkWell and elsewhere.
Prosecco and Champagne
As many of us turn to the fizz when celebrating or treating ourselves, it may come as a bit of a surprise that sparkling wines offer one of the lowest calorie drinking options. One small glass (120ml) comes in at around 84 calories. Brut varieties tend to have the lowest amount of carbs, so try to go for these rather than ‘extra dry’ or ‘sweet’ options.
There are a number of high quality lower calorie sparkling wines available to purchase from the DrinkWell website, including SkinnyProsecco (63 calories per glass) and Cuvee Sparkling White 450 (75 calories per glass).
Straight Spirits - but watch your mixer
Unsurprisingly, straight spirits contain the least amount of calories as they do not contain added sugar. For example, vodka contains the least calories with around 100 per shot, closely followed by gin and tequila, both containing around 110 calories per shot.
However, as most of us can’t (and probably shouldn’t) stomach a night sipping on neat spirits, we tend to enjoy them with one of the classic mixers such as coke, lemonade or red bull, all of which provide a very unforgiving amount of calories. Asking your bartender for a lower sugar option such as soda water or diet tonic will drastically reduce the calorie content of your drink.
DrinkWell also has a number of lower calorie mixers available on our website for when you are drinking at home, including SkinnyTonic, which is available in many different flavours including Cucumber and British Raspberry, and contains 0 calories and 0 grams of sugar - win win!
The popularity of hard seltzers exploded in the US last year, so much so that some stores in the US placed a ration on them. Hard seltzers are a delicious lower-calorie, fruit flavoured alcoholic sparkling water drink. These refreshing drinks are simply made from carbonated water, alcohol and natural fruit flavouring, making them the perfect choice for anyone looking for a lower carb or lower calorie alternative to beers, wines or spirits.
DrinkWell is pleased to be one of the first retailers to offer hard seltzers in the UK, and some of the ones we currently have on offer are Bodega Bay Hard Seltzer (72 calories per can) and DRTY Hard Seltzer (83 calories per can).
Slim-line Gin and Tonics
Gin has gained a significant amount of popularity in recent years, with gin bars and new brands popping up all the time. Gin itself tends to be a lower calorie alcohol, but tonic can contain a similar calorie and sugar count to a glass of lemonade! Luckily, at DrinkWell we have on offer lower calorie options of both gin and tonic. Why not try pairing the SkinnyTonic British Raspberry flavour (0 calories) with the LoCa Bev Minus 33 Original gin alternative (46 calories per 25ml) for a refreshing summer drink?
Sometimes you just can’t beat a pint of beer. However, at around 150 calories per can, regular beer is not a good choice for those following a lower calorie diet. On average, light beers contain around 50 calories less per can than regular beer, usually containing around 100 calories per can. One of our favourite products we have available at DrinkWell is our SkinnyBrands Premium Lager, which contains just 89 calories per can whilst also being vegan, gluten free and kosher.
Mojitos are a popular and refreshing cocktail, but the sugary syrup that is often added to them in bars massively increases the calorie content. Ask for one without the syrup, and you will cut the calorie count from around 168 calories to 40-70 calories. If you decide to opt for the short and strong cocktails though, make sure you eat something first!Buy Now