Thanks to the dozens of different diet crazes out there, we’re all abundantly aware of carbs, protein, and fat, and we all have different opinions on which is the most evil. But we shouldn’t forget that alcohol has calories too—7 per gram. That’s more than carbs or protein and almost as much as fat.

The most obvious solution is abstinence, but what fun would that be? That said…this would all make delicious mocktail if you make them without alcohol!

Cosmopolitan. The sneaky trickster here is regular cranberry juice cocktail, which should be called “sugar with cranberry flavoring.” This light version uses only one type of alcohol, which drastically cuts your calorie count.


  • 3 oz. low-calorie cranberry juice drink
  • 1 oz. raspberry vodka
  • Squeeze of lime
  • Lime twist, as garnish

Pour ingredients over ice and shake. Strain ice cubes and pour into martini glass. Look stylish and thin at the same time.

(Calories before: 413; Calories now: 98)