8 Low-Sugar Summer Cocktails

Let’s get something out of the way right off the bat: Alcohol can be part of a healthy lifestyle, but alcohol itself isn’t exactly healthy. Protein, carbohydrates, and fat are all essential macronutrients that your body needs. Alcohol itself contains none of these essential macronutrients. It’s a complicated topic, but if you want to know more, this article about how alcohol affects weight loss explains how exactly the calories in alcohol affect your body.

When it comes down to it, the most important part of weight maintenance (or weight loss, if that’s your goal) is eating the right number of calories. You don’t have to count calories, but you should be aiming for a healthy, balanced diet (here are some tips). Many boozy cocktails have a lot of sugar, whether it’s naturally-occurring sugar (from fruit juice), or added sugar (from simple syrup, honey, sweetened liqueurs, etc), which makes them higher in carbs and calories. A cup of orange juice has 117 calories and 21 grams of sugar, which can add up quickly if you’re drinking multiple cocktails. On the other hand, soda water + vodka (or tequila, or gin) is a no-sugar-added cocktail, but it’s a little boring. Here are some fun, low-sugar cocktails for when you want to drink in moderation.

Excerpted from self.com

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