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A Toast To Low Calorie Holiday Cocktails

[fa icon="calendar"] Dec 5, 2017 11:48:22 AM / by Alex Olson

Alex Olson

AGS_Cheers.jpgThe holidays are meant for being with friends and family, and for toasting the good that has happened that year or for the future. But during the holidays, we often worry about eating too much of our favorite foods and forget to pay attention to the drinks we consume. Alcoholic beverages can be a big calorie bomb, especially during the holidays when everything tends to run a little bit sweeter. But no need to worry! There is always a way to enjoy the occasional treat in a healthy and responsible way.

Inspired by our summer-time cocktails recipe list, we have assembled a list of several healthy holiday-themed cocktails that can be substituted for those high-calorie drinks. Here are some low-calorie recipes for you to enjoy!


Please don’t forget to drink responsibly!


1) Winter Sea Breeze (Approximately 180 calories)


1/8 cup of vodka

1/8 cup of grapefruit juice

2 tablespoons of tonic syrup

¼ cup of soda water

12 pomegranate seeds

Mint leaves




  1. Fill the glass more than halfway with ice. A rocks glass (lowball glass) is the best for this drink.
  2. Add the vodka, grapefruit juice, tonic syrup
  3. Mix these ingredients together
  4. Pour the soda water
  5. Put in the pomegranate seeds and put the mint leaves on top



2) Dark & Stormy Cocktail (Approximately 160 calories)



½ cup of water

3 teaspoons of sugar

3 tablespoons of ginger syrup

8 ounces of black rum

Lime juice

Club Soda

Lime Wedges

Sugarcane Stick (Optional Garnish)




  1. Put water and sugar in a saucepan, and put it over a low heat
  2. Continue to stir until the sugar is dissolved; should take about 3 minutes
  3. Remove from heat and mix in the ginger paste
  4. Let this sit for about 20 minutes
  5. In a smaller glass, add the rum, ginger simple syrup that was made, and lime juice
  6. Add ice and a splash of club soda
  7. Embellish by adding a lime wedge and a sugarcane stick



3) Pomegranate Mojito (Approximately 190 calories)




1/3 cup of light pomegranate juice

1 tablespoon of lime juice

1 ounce of white rum (less calories than dark rum)

1/3 cup of champagne


Pomegranate seeds



  1. In a glass, mix the pomegranate juice, lime juice, rum and stevia
  2. Fill the glass with ice
  3. Top it off with champagne
  4. Finish it off by adding pomegranate arils



4) Gingered Cider Hot Toddy (Approximately 150 calories)



6 ounces of apple cider

1 bag of your favorite ginger tea

1 tablespoon of honey

1 slice of lemon

1 cinnamon stick

1.5 ounces of Brandy Whiskey



  1. Warm the cider in a mug
  2. Put your tea bag in the apple cider for 3-5 minutes
  3. Add the honey and ginger
  4. Stir with the cinnamon stick 
  5. Add shot of Brandy Whiskey
  6. Garnish with lemon slice or a cinnamon stick



5) Rosemary Gin Fizz (Approximately 150 calories)



3 one-inch sprigs of fresh rosemary

1 slice of lemon

1/2 ounce of lemon juice

½ teaspoon of honey

1 ½ ounces of gin

3 ounces of club soda



  1. In a small glass, mix the fresh rosemary, lemon juice and honey
  2. Fill the glass with ice
  3. Pour in the gin
  4. Top it off with club soda
  5. Shake or stir and enjoy


We hope you enjoy this holiday season – and if you're looking for great gift ideas, why not give the gift of health with an AGS Health & Wellness genetic test!


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Topics: Holiday Recipes

Alex Olson

Written by Alex Olson

Alex is now a senior at the University of Arizona, where she majors in Public Health with a minor in Nutritional Sciences.

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