According to the New York Post, Food Network’s Sandra Lee (“Semi-Homemade Cooking,” “Sandra’s Money Saving Meals”) is going into production on a new Cooking Channel show called “Cocktail Club” where she tries then recreates drinks from major city hotspots. Are we really surprised?

Simple Margarita Recipe
Sandra makes a margarita on “Semi-Homemade Cooking”

Anyone who’s ever watched Sandra’s shows knows that she never fails to include a recipe for some delicious-looking mixed drink. Unfortunately for most of us, drinking like Sandra and looking like Sandra are pretty much mutually exclusive: between the alcohol itself and any sugar-laden mixers you add in, a typical cocktail contains several hundred very empty calories. The good news is, there are plenty of amazing drink recipes out there that cut calories without sacrificing flavor. Here are some of our favorite “skinny” cocktails–all under 200 calories per serving!–featuring lots of seasonal fruit and herbs for a happy, healthy summer. Click the pictures for full recipes.


Sugar-Free Spiked Basil Lemonade
136 calories per serving
Fresh-squeezed lemonade is great, but it’s even better with a little vodka. This refreshing cocktail is made with Swerve sweetener and basil leaves for a surprisingly excellent herb complement.
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Watermelon Martinis
90.3 calories per serving
Sweet, juicy watermelon is the perfect summer fruit, so it only stands to reason that it would make the perfect summer cocktail. These martinis feature Absolut Citron, Midori melon liqueur and a splash of lime juice.
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Skinny Piña Coladas
194 calories per serving
By using coconut water instead of coconut cream, this piña colada recipe knocks out a ton of fat and calories from the original. Bacardi Rock Coconut Rum and pineapple juice complete this light version of a classic drink.
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 Celery Cilantro Cocktail
135 calories per serving
Cilantro and lime juice are already a match made in heaven. Put it together with vodka, seltzer and celery, and you’ve got one fantastic cocktail. Sweeten it with simple syrup or one part agave and one part water if you’re watching your sugar intake.
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Grapefruit Basil Martini
140 calories per serving
Grapefruit is loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants, so a martini made with grapefruit juice has to be relatively healthy! Mix with gin, champagne and basil leaves, then serve with a grapefruit wedge.
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 Coconut Water Champagne Fruit Punch
89 calories per serving (without fruit)
The great thing about this pretty pink drink is that you can completely customize it to fit your tastes. Use white wine instead of champagne, any fruit juice in place of orange juice, or flavored coconut water instead of plain. Add your favorite fresh or frozen fruit garnish, plus grenadine and food coloring (both optional) for a burst of flavor and color.
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Raspberry Limoncello Cocktail
193 calories per serving
Raspberries, lemon, limoncello, Citron and basil make up this tart, delicious drink. Top off each glass with a little champagne and add a pinch of sugar if you want yours a little sweeter.
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Sparkling Strawberry-Mint Limeade
163 calories per serving
Sticking with the whole champagne cocktail theme, this strawberry limeade is incredibly light and fresh. It uses strawberries, mint leaves and lime, along with agave for that extra hint of sweetness.
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Detox Drink
94 calories per serving
Based on spa water, this cocktail has lemon juice, cucumber and ginger mixed with a shot of vodka or clear Bacardi. Stick in the fridge before drinking so the flavors blend together.
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Iced Green Tea Mojito
110 calories per serving
Green tea is good for you. Arugula is good for you. A green tea mojito that has both is great for you. Okay, so maybe the white rum detracts from the healthiness quotient, but it is a cocktail after all. Fresh lime juice, spearmint leaves and just a touch of your favorite sweetener will make this drink one of your new summer favorites.
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147 calories per serving
Seltzer, orange juice and some Pinnacle Whipped Cream vodka (yum!) are all you need for this tasty drink. Serve over ice and enjoy an adult version of that frozen cream pop you loved as a kid.
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