Simple low-calorie cocktail swaps

You fancy indulging in your favourite cocktails in the sunshine, but vowed to stick to your low sugar resolutions – the struggle is real.

But with a little know-how you can still enjoy your favourite fruity drinks while watching the calories.

closeup of fresh made mint cocktail drink served at restaurant

So it’s out with the margarita and in with the Mexican daisy… below are recipes for four cocktail swaps that are still bursting with flavor and ideal for summer BBQs, courtesy of The Cracker Drinks Co and Myles Myles Cunliffe from The Mixology Group.

Here’s the skinny on how you can cut back on your cocktail calories. Swap:

A mai tai (305 cals) for a sloeso (162 cals)

A Moscow mule (320 cals) for a light and spicy (121 cals)

A merry mojito (353 cals) for a flower n spice (153 cals)

A margarita (375 cals) opt for a Mexican daisy (123 cals)

(All calories sourced using MyFitnessPal app based on a 200ml serving)



25ml sloe gin liqueur

25ml bison vodka

75ml apple, raspberry and sloe

5ml fresh lime juice

Champagne saucer or Martini glass

Raspberry and mint spring, for the garnish


Add all ingredients to ice filled cocktail shaker and shake hard for ten seconds. Double strain into chilled glass and top with the garnish.

Light and spicy


35ml vanilla vodka

100ml mango and passion Fruit

25ml Fever Tree naturally light ginger beer

Highball or Collins glass

Lime wedge, for garnish.


Fill a glass with cubed ice then add all the ingredients, stir briefly then cap with crushed ice. Top with the garnish.

Mexican daisy


40ml blanco or white 100 per cent agave tequila

100ml pineapple, coconut and ime

4-8 basil leaves

4-5 coriander stalks

Small piece of chilli

Champagne saucer or Martini glass

Basil spring, for garnish.


Muddle the herbs in a cocktail shaker then add all other ingredients. Shake hard over ice and strain into the chilled glass or Champagne saucer and top with the basil.

Flowers n spice


35ml St Germain liqueur

15ml vanilla vodka

100ml still and cloudy Lemonade

25ml soda water

Lemon wedge, for garnish


Add all ingredients to an ice filled highball or Collins glass and briefly stir, then garnish with a lemon wedge and twist

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