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5 Figure-Friendly Summertime Drinks

mgd-lemonadeNothing says summer like sipping on a cool beverage in the backyard while grilling some turkey dogs. But if you’re looking for something to drink that won’t derail your diet yet is still tasty enough to make you feel like you aren’t missing out on the summertime-drink fun, read on for the five beverages we’re sipping on—in moderation and with a designated driver, of course!

5 Low-Calorie Alcoholic Summer Drinks

1. Michelob Ultra Lime Cactus. While lime in a beer seems a tad weird in, like, January, in June it’s pretty much perfect for summertime drinkin’—light with a little refreshing citrus. Plus, a 12-ounce serving contains just 95 calories.

2. Skinnygirl Margarita. After getting hooked on Bethenny Frankel’s reality TV shows, we just had to try her Skinnygirl Margarita. You won’t be fooled into thinking this is the margarita from your favorite Mexican restaurant, but it is just sweet enough to please, and it definitely satisfied our margarita tooth (like a sweet tooth for margaritas, obviously). At 100 cals for a 4-ounce serving, it’s perfect treat for a summer day. Don’t want to spend the dough on the pre-made stuff? Make this skinny margarita recipe yourself!

3. Bella Bella Bellini. This bellini recipe is a peach—in a good way! Only 94 calories and with enough fruity flavor to make you feel like you’re vacationing in the tropics even if you’re just in your backyard, it’s easy to make, too!

4. MGD 64Lemonade. This half-beer, half-lemonade concoction is super low in calories (64, like the name says) because it uses Splenda as a sweetener. Although it has a bit of that fake-sugar aftertaste, if you can’t decide between beer or a hard lemonade, this is your pick. This beer will just be out through Labor Day, so get to sipping!

5. Sangria Sparkler. Always a sucker for anything with wine in it, we recently came across this lower-calorie version of sangria from Fitness magazine that has the perfect balance of bubbly, fruity and wine. So refreshing for summer!

What sunshine are you sipping on this summer? —Jenn

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  1. Amy Latta says:

    Oh, thank you for this! We just booked our summer vacation at the lake, and one of my first thoughts was…what to drink! Not that I’m a lush or anything…

  2. Laura says:

    Rather than searching for the Skinnygirl Margarita Mix, my fav margarita swap is 1 shot (high quality) tequila, club soda, and a splash of lime. It cuts the sugar out completely and gives you a MUCH larger serving size than a puny 4 ounces (because really, no one ever has just a 4 oz drink).

  3. Laura says:

    Plus – because the alcohol has a stronger taste than mixed into a fruity drink, you’ll taste it more and therefore sip it slower. It is WAY too easy to down margarita after margarita when they’re sweet!

  4. Athena says:

    I love the new Michelob Ultra Lime and Cactus beer, its awesome, light citrus in the background, but not overpowering!

    I also drink Skinnygirl Margaritas, but I top mine with Lime Club Soda. It adds fizz and lessens the tangy margarita taste (im not a huge margarita drinker). But the calories cant be beat!

    I havent been able to find the MGD Lemonade, but I cant wait to try it once I do!

  5. Missy says:

    Absolute Lemon with lime club soda and a twist of lime. Simple. Tasty. Effective.

  6. Some pretty interesting drinks here, some of which I haven’t even heard of. Might have to add some to my list!

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