As summer fast approaches we start to think bikinis and chilling cocktails. There is a wicked truth about cocktails that most people don’t know about and I am here to spread the word.
Whether your drink is alcoholic or not it doesn’t matter, those fruity cocktails are a step in the wrong direction when it comes to losing weight. The thing about drinks is we tend not to really look at calories because we are not eating it. And with numbers this high it’s no doubt your belly will be growing after you down some of these drinks.
I am here to give you a list of all our favorite cocktails and how many calories are in a 12 oz glass. I will also give you some healthy recipes to replace these evil beverages!
1. Mudslide – 820 Calories
2. Long Island Ice Tea – 780 Calories
3. Margarita – 740 Calories
4. Pina Colada – 644 Calories
5. Mint Julep – 472 Calories
6. White Russian – 425 Calories
7. Mai Tai – 350 Calories
8. Champagne Cocktail – 250 Calories
9. Fog Cutter – 225 Calories
10. Daiquiri – 220 Calories
11. Gin/Vodka Tonic – 200 Calories
12. Sea Breeze – 165 Calories
13.Screwdriver – 165 Calories
14. Mojito – 160 Calories
15.Kamikaze – 156 Calories
16. Cosmo – 150 Calories
17. Salty Dog – 137 Calories
18. Bellini – 133 Calories
19. Bloody Mary – 123 Calories
20. Mimosa – 85 Calories
The thing about drinks is that one is never enough so image drinking multiples of these drinks. If you are going to have a fruit cocktail by the pool, or in your backyard make sure that you go for the ones with less calories or look up how to make your favorite drink with less calories!
One drink I like to indulge in every once and a while is the Watermelon Martini: Watermelon is a rich source of lycopene, an antioxidant believed to help reduce your risk for heart disease.
*1 cup watermelon juice (press watermelon through a sieve or cheesecloth, juice it in a juicer, or buy bottled watermelon juice)
*1/2 cup (4 oz) Vodka
*1/4 cup simple syrup (optional)
*juice of 1 lime
*3 tablespoons salt (optional)
*3 tablespoons sugar (optional)
*Watermelon slices, for garnish (optional)
Mix together the sugar and salt if using. Wet the rim of a chilled martini glass with a piece of watermelon. Dip the rim into the sugar and salt mixture. Repeat for other glass. Place the watermelon juice, vodka, lime juice, and simple syrup into a cocktail shaker. Top with ice. Shake well. Pour contents through strainer into martini glasses. Makes 2 servings.
Another place to find some healthy summer drinks is one of my favorite sites: EatingWell.com
If you have any questions or requests on summer drinks feel free to contact me.