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Make Skinny Summer Cocktails at Home

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If you're looking to kick back and relax with some friends or family this summer, you may want to reach for a tasty, cold cocktail. However, you don't want those empty calories to impact the beach-ready body you've been working toward. Make sure you stay smart and opt for one of these low-calorie summer drinks that pack plenty of fun with far fewer calories. 

Frozen Mojitos 
Mojitos are the perfect summer drink because they feel light and refreshing. If you use the right ingredients, you can make them low-calorie to help you keep in line with your fitness goals while still unwinding. Here's what you'll need: 

Pour the rum, seltzer, juice and nectar into your blender jar along with a handful of ice. Cover with a clean dish towel and blend until you have a slushy mix. Pour your icy cocktail into a tall glass with mint and lime wedges. 

By skipping soda and sugar for seltzer and a small amount of agave nectar, you cut the calories in this light drink.

Mint and lime are more important for your mojito than soda and sugar. Mint and lime are more important for your mojito than soda and sugar.

No Frills Watermelon Margarita  
Margaritas are one of the most popular summer drinks, but they can also be one of the simplest. Skip all of the sugary additions many restaurants include and use fresh fruit instead. Try this recipe at home: 

  • 4.5 ounces silver tequila 
  • 4.5 ounces ounces lime juice 
  • 1 pinch salt 
  • 1 cup fresh cut watermelon cubes 
  • Ice. 

Combine all of the ingredients in your performance blender on HIGH. Pour into a tall, salt-rimmed glass and garnish with a few lime wedges or watermelon cubes. Your blender should get the job done easily, but if you find yourself craving this tasty low-cal option often, consider investing in a margarita machine, which makes this process a breeze. 

Don't just focus on limes and oranges - grapefruits are a great garnish. Don't just focus on limes and oranges - grapefruits are a great garnish.

Exotic Vodka Tonic 
For many people watching their waistlines, a vodka tonic can be the go-to cocktail. A shot of 80-proof vodka typically has less than 100 calories and diet tonic has zero. However, this light drink can get boring as your friends enjoy fruit-filled concoctions. The answer is simple: Spruce up your drab vodka tonic with some fresh fruits. 

Blend peeled ruby red grapefruit, lime and orange wedges into a pulpy juice. Pour this mix over ice and add in 3 ounces or 2 shots of vodka, along with a splash of tonic water. You'll be left with a drink that doesn't have the added sugar of many bar juices, but still packs a flavorful punch. Top it off with a few fruit wedges and a garnish umbrella. 

While enjoying a skinny cocktail or two this summer, remember to drink responsibly and follow the law.