It's that time of year when holiday cheer abounds, and more often than not it's in the form of food and drink. While we know indulging in sweets can pack on the pounds, empty-calorie cocktails can also be sneaky diet busters — thanks to hidden ingredients like simple syrup, added sugars, juice, and various sweet liqueurs.
Luckily, not all cocktails are waistline saboteurs, so in the spirit of the season, we've rounded up 20 healthy alcoholic drinks that won't totally ruin your diet. And while we know the word "healthy" is relative when it comes to booze, there are several ways to make occasional imbibing decidedly guilt-free. But remember: Everything in moderation, ladies. A few glasses of brut Champgne is OK, a few bottles is not.
1. Red wine.
The antioxidants found in red wine, such as flavonoids and a substance called resveratrol, have heart-healthy benefits, so feel free to enjoy a glass or two during the chilly holiday season.
2. Though if you're looking to cut calories, go white.
Red wine may have the health benefits, but white wines tend to be slightly lower in calories. Light whites such as Riesling and pinot grigio have fewer calories than those with higher alcohol content such as Chardonnay and sauvignon blanc.
3. Basic Bloody Mary with fresh tomato juice.
The problem with these — though made with healthy tomato juice — is that pre-made mixes are typically packed with salt and additives. Try ditching the pre-bottled stuff and use no sugar-added, low-sodium tomato juice instead. From there, add in your fixings like one shot of vodka, a squeeze lemon, a teaspoon of horseradish, and a nice big celery stalk.
4. Dark and Stormy — that's more like a Light and Stormy.
This classic cocktail is made with fresh rum and ginger beer, which is packed with artificial sweeteners. Instead, mix 1 shot of light rum with two shots of sugar-free ginger ale and serve over ice.
See the rest of the drinks over at StyleCaster: Go Ahead, Indulge: 20 Healthy Cocktails To Sip This Season
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