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10 Ways to Shave Calories Off Your Favorite Cocktail

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Now I like to have a nice cosmopolitan as much as the next girl. However, that was until I found that a single cosmo equals 212 calories per 4-ounce serving. Maybe you’re rather a Pina Colada, which weighs in a whopping 250 calories. That margarita—up to 400 calories!

Suddenly you can see how swilling 4 on a girls night really adds up.

Luckily, I’ve found some crafty ways to enjoy a few fancy cocktails with my friends without ruining my healthy diet.

Here are ten tricks for shaving calories off your favorite cocktail…

1. Take Advantage of Fresh Fruit for Sweetness

The idea that a few cocktails can totally take a full meal’s worth of calories might make you put your swizzle stick elsewhere.  Luckily, with drinks like daiquiris, mojitos, and so forth you can cut a lot of calories just by using fresh fruit rather than added sugar and syrups.  I freeze berries and add them to my drinks. Crushing grapes in a drink also sweetens the deal as does muddling fresh mint or other sweet herbs.

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