13 Clean(er) Cocktails You Won’t Feel Guilty About Enjoying

We all love a good cocktail or glass of wine after a long day, but we also know those calories can add up quick. As delicious as cocktails are, they can come packed with a lot of sugar. So drinking a few might affect more than just your ability not to text your ex. Sip on these clean(er) cocktails, and let go of the guilt!

Elderflower Spanish Gin & Tonic: Gin and tonics are usually one of the lower-calorie cocktails, and this elderflower twist makes it extra tasty.

Blood Orange Gin Martini: Martinis are another cocktail that can stay on the leaner side. Add a squeeze of fresh blood orange and you’re ready for summer.

Refreshing Watermelon Margarita: This recipe calls for fresh watermelon juice and agave, a healthier alternative to sugar.

Spicy Paloma: Grapefruit and tequila are a great summer combo. Add the heat of the jalapeño and it’s just perfect.

Pineapple Pomegranate Kombucha Cocktail: It has kombucha, so it must be good for you, right? At least you know your digestion will be on track!

Guava Pineapple & Coconut Cocktail: Paradise in a glass. This cocktail uses one of our favorite ingredients, La Croix!

Grapefruit White Wine Spritzers: White wine has fewer calories than red wine, generally, and is the perfect summer treat. Make it fun by turning it into a spritzer!

Gin and Juice Fizz: Sip these when you’re feeling laaaaid back.

White Wine Apple Spritzer: Our friends at A Beautiful Mess came up with the perfect solution for when your bottle of wine just isn’t that tasty.

Strawberry French 75: A classic French 75 is one of our favorite cocktails, but it comes loaded up with extra sugar. This version is sweetened only with fresh strawberries!

Watermelon & Honeydew Sangria: Add some extra fruit for good measure!

Grapefruit, Ginger & Lemongrass Sake Cocktail: Sake (rice wine), has a relatively low alcohol count compared to other types of liquor. Mix it with some fresh summer flavors and you’ve got a delicious drink.

Lavender Coconut Sour: We love the addition of coconut water to this traditional gin fizz drink.

Looking for more entertaining advice? Try 5 Food + Beer Pairings Everyone Needs To Try and 10 Spring Dinner Recipes To Try.

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Author: Samantha Welker

Samantha Welker is the business manager at Glitter Guide. She has an Master's in Corporate Finance & Sustainability from Harvard Business School but prefers working in the creative industry. She also hosts a weekly business podcast for creative women called Pretty Okay Podcast. She loves spending time with her husband and her son, Rocky, in sunny San Diego. Follow along on Instagram