You read that right. Politically incorrect and controversial, but right.
Let’s face it: you’re in college. You’re drinking. But no one’s calling the RA or your parents. I’m not here to give you a lecture about how alcohol destroys your liver or how you need those precious brain cells to do well on that midterm. Those detrimental factors may be true, but today we’re going to set those consequences aside. Today’s goal is how to booze it up on fewer calories; because secretly, we’re all looking for a way to avoid the freshmen 15.
The key to cutting calories when drinking is cutting the high-sugar mixers. I realize that pounding shots all night with no chaser is a bit too ambitious of a tip. But I CAN tell you that using calorie-free mixers like club soda are a great way to cut back on the calories without sacrificing taste.
Why don’t I mention diet soda or diet tonic waters? These elixirs, along with juices from concentrate, are full of artificial preservatives and ingredients like high fructose corn syrup, aspartame, and even sodium. Stick to club soda and fresh juices as mixers and you’ll still have a ton of fun minus the calories!
Simple Drink Recipes for a Night on the Town
Not sure what to order at the bar? Try these four awesome cocktails that will make you the trendiest drinker of the night:
Low-cal Vodka Sour
2 oz vodka
1 oz fresh lemon juice
1 oz club soda
2-count pour of simple syrup
Directions: Sour mix is pretty much the death of all drink mixers. It might taste sour, but it’s full of sugar! This lower calorie version has only 200 calories compared to the original 370. When at the bar, simple say, “I’d like a vodka soda with a ton of fresh lemon squeezed in and a little simple syrup.” Most bartenders will know what you’re talking about. And if they give you a weird face, who cares! It’s your body and it’s your drink. You should be able to order what you want. It’s their job that night to make it.
Tom Collins Makeover
1 oz fresh lime juice
1 oz club soda
Dish of brown sugar
Directions: Rub the sugar around the rim of your cocktail class by dipping it in the dish upside-down. Mix all other ingredients and pour into your sugar-rimmed cocktail class. A typical Tom Collins made with sour mix packs over 315 calories. This low-cal version has only 175!
Skinny Bay Breeze
2 oz vodka
Splash each of cranberry juice and pineapple juice
Directions: This is an easy and tasty drink to order at the bar. Ask for a vodka soda with a splash each of cranberry and pineapple. Most bartenders won’t mind this request, as it’s not a super complicated drink. You can also make this at home, as it has relatively few ingredients. Normally, a bay breeze can cost you 360 calories. This version only has 180!
Tequila Sunrise on a Calorie Budget
2 oz white tequila (I know it costs more, but it’s fewer calories and you’ll have less of a hangover the next day)
1 oz club soda
A drizzle of grenadine
Orange and cherry for garnish
Directions: Ask your server for a white tequila soda with orange juice and a dash of grenadine. The grenadine in a typical tequila sunrise can make the drink an astounding 420 calories. This slimmer version packs only 220. If you want to cut calories even more, ditch the grenadine and add 2 more cocktail cherries to still get that cherry flavor. This will cut another 40 calories from your drink!
Try these tips and recipes for a fun night on the town without waking up the next morning and regretting what you did! Having drinks with your friends or at the bar is an absolute blast, just make sure to keep your calories and health in check.
Taji Mortazavi is the founder of We’re Talking About Food. Devoted to democratizing health, Taji believes that anyone CAN live a healthy lifestyle regardless of medical condition, career, budget or other secondary factors. Taji has been supported by numerous health and fitness companies such as Navitas Naturals, Glutino, and Holystic Hut. Support Taji by visiting her site and finding her on Facebook and Twitter.Photo credits: Featured image: College Times Picture 1: My Recipes Picture 2: Fine Art Bartending Picture 3: Liquor. com Picture 4: iFood The views and opinions expressed within this article are solely those of the contributor. These views and opinions are not representative of Unwritten.