There’s so much to celebrate this time of year and for some, that’s best done with a pretty glass of something very sippable. Maybe you reached a weight loss goal this year, completed a certain number of marathons, or just made it through the year with your sanity still intact... all worthy of a boisterous, delicious cheers!
For calorie counters and sugar watchers, alcohol can be like playing with fire. A glass of wine may have 120 calories, a light beer around 105 calories, and a big frozen margarita can clear more than 600 calories! Tequila shots run 100 calories a piece, as does a simple glass of champagne. On a big party night, it can certainly all add up.
Some make it work with their plan and some are happy to forgo that indulgence for another. So we’ve rounded up some super festive cocktails and mocktails to help you close out this year and ring in the next without making any sacrifices and in the style you prefer.
Want to play mixologist and create your own cocktails and mocktails on the fly? The key is a well-stocked bar. As you prepare to host your next party, be sure to put these items on your shopping list to serve light, refreshing drinks.
Club soda, tonic water, or flavored waters like La Croix
Ginger beer or ginger ale
Orange, apple, tomato, or cranberry juice
Fresh fruit and berries: apple, clementines, raspberries, blackberries, celery
Fresh herbs: mint, rosemary, basil
Lemons and limes
Red and white wine
Vodka, tequila, rum, whiskey, gin