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!

Margarita.Your biggest caloric enemy in the margarita is prepackaged margarita mix. There are “light” versions available, but their taste is less than extraordinary. Here’s another option that’ll cut your calories in half without sacrificing flavor.


  • Juice of 1½ limes
  • 3 oz. water
  • 2 oz. tequila
  • 5 oz. triple sec
  • Ice
  • Salt (to taste)

Mix lime juice and water together. Add tequila and triple sec, then either pour over ice or put in blender with ice. Add salt to taste. Sip while looking amazing in your swimsuit, pretending you’re on a beach in Mexico.

(Calories before: 435; Calories now: 180)