Diets are no fun. There are plenty of reasons why, but mostly because the first thing that’s usually cut out is alcohol. While you can’t get around the calories in the actual spirit, you can make your drinks more diet friendly by using zero calorie mixers. These five choices taste just as good as all the mixers out there that are fully loaded, and if you follow our mixing suggestions, you won’t be disappointed.
You can’t go wrong with soda water when you’re looking for a low calorie mixer. You probably already know the humble bottle of soda water as the other half of the ubiquitous Vodka Soda, or as the lighter half of an elegant Japanese Highball. Its powers don’t stop there, though, and zero-calorie soda water (literally just natural spring water with bubbles) pairs well with rum, mezcal and tequila. If you want to get really fancy, add a lime wedge.
Goslings Diet Ginger Beer
Goslings rum defines the Dark ‘N’ Stormy—literally, they have the cocktail trademarked. To make sure the two-ingredient mix always tastes just how the Gosling family wants, they also came out with their own ginger beer. As of this year, Goslings also offers a zero calorie Diet Stormy Ginger Beer, so now you can sip your Dark ‘N’ Stormys guilt free.
Say what you will about LaCroix being hipster fuel, but the drink has 21 flavors and all of them are calorie free. Most importantly, they can be boozed up into some pretty tasty LaCroix mixed drinks. Use the apricot flavor to make a Gin & Apricot Highball, or get slightly fancy with a three-ingredient Spicy Blackberry-Cucumber Spritz. Of course, you can never go wrong with simply mixing your favorite flavor of LaCroix (Pamplemousse, obviously) with vodka for a flavored Vodka Soda.
Cherry Coke Zero
Soda can seem like the devil when you’re looking for healthier options, but bear with us. Cherry Coke Zero is a weird but delicious mixer for spirits. Pair it with a spicy rye whiskey to make a drink that tastes surprisingly like a two-ingredient bubbly Manhattan. Stick with the whiskey pairing on this one, though. We cannot endorse Taylor Swift’s Diet Coke and vodka combo.
Lemonade pops up every year when the weather starts to warm up. Lemonade that’s not loaded with too many scoops of sugar, however, is hard to find. Thankfully there’s Sparkling ICE to quench our lemonade needs. Mix it with Jack Daniel’s for a simplified Lynchburg Lemonade, or stir in some tequila or mezcal for a bright and refreshing drink. Sparkling ICE also has a zero calorie grapefruit flavor for when you’re craving a Paloma.