Slimmed-Down Summer Cocktails

Too many summer celebrations can get your waistline into trouble, especially when most popular mixed drinks rack up more than 500 calories each. Imbibe smarter with these three lightened-up versions of popular cocktails, each coming in at less than 300 calories.

Frozen Daiquiri

Gooey, sugar-laden daiquiri mixes are full of added colors, flavors and high-fructose corn syrup. A half-cup of the mix alone contains almost 200 calories. This recipe uses the natural sweetness of fruit and gets a boost of flavor from coconut rum and coconut water.

Mango Daiquiri

Serves 1

Ingredients:

1 cup frozen mango

1/2 banana (preferably frozen)

1 1/2 ounces coconut rum

1/2 cup coconut water

Directions:

Place ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Calories: 267

Mojito

A typical serving of this classic Cuban cocktail made from sugar, rum and mint can contain up to 500 calories. Instead of adding sugar, infuse flavor by using fresh fruit.

Pineapple Mojito

Serves 1

Ingredients:

8 fresh mint leaves, torn

3 tablespoons diced pineapple

Juice of 1/4 lime

Ice

1 1/2 ounces light rum

Seltzer

Additional mint and lime for serving

Directions:

In a glass, muddle mint, pineapple and lime juice. Add ice, followed by rum and seltzer. Give the mixture a quick stir and garnish with more mint and lime.

Calories: 110

Margarita

A typical restaurant portion of this popular drink can add up to more than 600 calories, thanks to lots of alcohol and sweetened mixers. This fruit-infused version keeps things light and naturally sweet.

Strawberry Rhubarb Margarita

Serves 1

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon fresh cilantro

Diced strawberries

Ice

Rhubarb Syrup

1 1/2 ounces silver tequila

1 ounce Triple Sec

Blood orange or lemon soda (San Pellegrino recommended)

Fresh lime juice

Salt-rimmed glass

Lime wedges for serving

Directions:

Place cilantro and strawberries in the bottom of a tall glass and muddle gently. Add ice, rhubarb syrup, tequila, Triple Sec, a splash of soda and a squeeze of fresh lime; stir or shake. Pour into a salt-rimmed glass and serve with a lime wedge.

Calories: 293

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition.

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