“If you’re calorie conscious, skip the sugary mixed drinks and sip a glass of wine or a wine spritzer,” says Marisa Moore, RDN, registered dietitian nutritionist. Pair a light white wine or summery rosé like Noble Vines’ California variety (typically lower in calories than heavier reds) with a few splashes of sparkling water (a zero calorie freebie!) for a refreshing buzz you can sip on the porch or the beach. You can also try wine brands that specialize in low-calorie varieties, but Moore cautions that they tend to only save about 25 calories per pour, so it may be worth sticking to your favorite regular bottle and lightening it up with some bubbles.
A good liquor
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Although hard liquor tends to run about 100 calories per shot, they’re also higher proof, so you get more buzz for your calorie buck. Find a vodka smooth enough to drink plain on the rocks (try elit by Stolichnaya, the brand’s “ultra luxury vodka”) and add citrus wedges for a burst of fresh flavor sans sugar or calories. You can also pour it over chunks of frozen fruit for a hint of sweetness that will keep your drink cold without watering it down. If you like tequila, 123 Spirits crafts all-organic tequilas and mezcal (tequila’s cousin), all distilled from Mexican agave without any added sugar; try it on the rocks with a lime squeeze and coat the rim in a sugar and salt mixture for a hint of guilt-free flavor.