4 Holiday Cocktails Under 100 Calories

During the holiday season we spend a lot of energy trying to avoid the indulgent meals and sweets at every corner. However, we often neglect the biggest source of added calories and sugar: holiday cocktails!

First let’s look at the average calories of a few standard holiday drinks:

American Beer 12 oz. – 150

Craft Beer (~7% alcohol) – 210

Red Wine 5 oz. – 125

White Wine 5 oz. – 125

Vodka Tonic – 140

Rum and Coke – 150

White Russian – 150

Old Fashioned – 155

Martini – 165

Hot Toddy – 165

Eggnog – 225

It’s important to remember that these calories are the bare minimum estimates from your stingiest bar, not your best friend with the heavy pour or your aunt with wine glasses the size of your head! So you can see that a few innocent drinks at holiday parties can add up.

Oftentimes we make low calorie cocktails by switching out the sugary ingredients with their artificial sweetener counterparts. I’m not a huge fan of artificial sweeteners however, so here are some cocktail recipe alternatives that are all under 100 calories without artificial sweeteners!

Champagne – 95 calories

Champagne is not only light in flavor but it comes in at our lowest calorie stand-alone drink, so it’s an excellent option when you can’t make your own. Be careful, though, these small glasses can add up and a champagne hangover is something that you’ll only want to wake up to once!

Moscow Mule – 100 calories


This recipe from The Active Times takes a little prep because you need to make the ginger syrup, but once that is made you can have low calorie Moscow mules all season! If you don’t have time for the ginger syrup, you can grate approximately 1 tsp of fresh ginger and add liquid stevia to taste.

Find the recipe at www.theactivetimes.com.

Orange Splash – 85 calories

Flavored vodka and fresh fruit are a great way to add some low calorie flavor and still have a great cocktail. The combinations are as varied as your imagination… or the fruit and vodka you have on hand! Start with this simple recipe and add your own special twist. Added bonus: you get to name it!


  • 1 ½ oz. citrus vodka
  • 4 oz. soda water
  • 1 orange slice squeezed or muddled

Cherry Whisky Sours – 88 calories

This drink uses ingredients with strong flavors so that they only have to use small amounts. It also incorporates fresh fruit and juices so you get natural sweetness without all the added calories.

Find the recipe at www.rachaelraymag.com.

If you have any favorite healthy holiday cocktails, I’d love to hear about them. Leave the recipes in the comments below so I can try them out! Enjoy the holidays!

Tara Coleman

Tara Coleman is a Clinical Nutritionist with a private practice in San Diego, CA. She speaks nationally on the topics of health and nutrition and has been cited as a nutrition expert by media such as NBC, FOX, SELF, Cosmopolitan and Dr. Oz The Good Life. Download her FREE 4 Step Nutrition Quick Start Guide and start feeling better today!

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  1. With the holidays around the corner, it is quite difficult to stay fit. Good thing there are cocktails such as these that are great for those who want to stay on a diet like me. Nice and exciting cocktail recipes. I’m gonna try these out. Thanks for posting.

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