Regulating calorie intake is difficult enough with food, so also eliminating that much needed afternoon imbibe can be a painful thought. Dieting can be tough, but with “skinny” drinks available, there is no need to stress over that cheers you probably deserve.

An effective diet works with small changes, like from drowning salad with ranch to drizzling it with a light balsamic vinaigrette. The same goes for ordering a cocktail. Unfortunately, a rich white russian or sugary daiquiri is a no-no.

High calorie count goes hand-in-hand with high alcohol content, making liquor choices dicey. When going out to the bar with limited beer and wine choices, you want to know what kind of cocktail to order.

Here are six low-cal choices that will let you forget you’re dieting no matter the alcohol preference:


Wine Drinkers:

Skinnygirl Pinot Noir — For our red wine lovers, this pinot noir offers that dark cherry taste you know and love. Enjoy your favorite alcoholic antioxidants at only 100 calories per serving.

WillaKenzie Estate 2013 Pinot Gris — With citrus undertones, WillaKenzie Estate pairs well with a fresh salad or grilled fish. Although it is 150 calories, this dry white wine is worth it.


Beer Drinkers:

Abita Purple Haze —  Popular in the Southeast region, Purple Haze is basically an oxymoron in the beer world: healthy and tasteful. With only 120 calories and infused with raspberries after filtration, it’s the perfect dessert replacement.


Cocktail Mixes:

Mojitos —  A cuban classic, the mojito never fails to refresh. It is perfect for a day at the beach or a night at the bar. Featuring muddled mint and fresh squeezed limes, it’s a go-to light drink.


Bloody Mary’s — Your favorite Sunday brunch/hangover cure is surprisingly healthy for you, if done in moderation, of course.  From the wholesome nutrients in the tomato juice to the sticks of celery used to garnish, a bold Bloody Mary is our favorite guiltless pleasure.

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Kendra Smith-Parks was born and raised in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. She moved to Hattiesburg three years ago to pursue writing and become a journalism student. Now residing in Hattiesburg permanently, she is a full time student at Southern Miss. Dime is lucky to have her as its very first journalism intern. In the meantime she is probably eating ice cream, waiting tables at Cotton Blues or drowning in homework. You can catch her at your local restaurant or music venue around the Dirty South.

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