Are you looking for some holiday cheer, but worried that by January your belly will be shaking like a bowl full of jelly? Watching your weight doesn’t have to mean skipping seasonal celebrations. Swap your holiday cocktails for these healthier mixes—whether you need low-calorie, sugar-free, or even antioxidant-rich beverages, we’ve got you covered from Thanksgiving to New Year’s.
These seasonal mixes are low on calories and big on taste. Champagne, white wine, and clear liquors are usually your best bets when trying to shave off calories, but its also a good idea to stick to splashes of fresh fruit juices (instead of high-calorie cocktail blends). Always remember that less is more—keep your drinks light by cutting back on the liquor and juice, and instead add more sparkling water. You probably won’t even notice the difference, but your diet will.
—Pomegranate Cocktail (Just Married and Cooking)
—St. Germain Gin Euphoria Cocktail (Yum Sugar)
—Blood Orange French 75 (Bon Appetit)
—Light Eggnog (Health.com)
—Tyrolean Spritz (The Year in Food)
—Cranberry Sparkler (5 different ways!) (Tokyo Terrace)
Trying to cut back on your sugar intake this holiday season? Steer clear of super fruit drinks and frozen concoctions. Use light mixers that opt for real fruit and crisp flavors: Pear, ginger, and apple are all seasonal flavors that are naturally sweet and refreshing.
—Pear Ginger Beer Cocktail (Use Real Butter)
—Pear Prosecco Cocktail (Big World Small Kitchen)
—Apple Soju Cocktail (Dishing Up Delights)
Make your own sugar-free simple syrup (Big Oven) to convert any cocktail to a low-cal version.
Talk about having your drink and eating it, too. These cocktails are packed with nutritional ingredients that will give your healthy holiday diet a boost while keeping you in the holiday spirit.
—Hot Mulled Wine (Andrea’s Recipes) is a classic warm holiday drink. And since its main ingredient is heart-healthy, antioxidant-rich red wine, you can feel good about sipping on a second glass.
—Figs are rich in potassium, an essential nutrient that helps control hypertension. They’re also packed with fiber, which can help with weight control. Fig and Bourbon Cocktail (My Man’s Belly)
—A pluot is a delicious plum-apricot hybrid perfect for the holiday season. High in vitamins A and C, it’s low in fat and extremely delicious. But don’t worry if you can’t find pluots in your local market; you can opt for either of its fruits of origin and still get the same nutritional benefits and delicious flavor. Pluot Wine Cocktail (Food Gal)