The best drinks to avoid a calorie overload this weekend


Chances are you have some sort of Christmas party or celebration tonight. So if you are keen to keep the calories on the low side but still have a good time, here are some of the best and worst alcoholic drink options.

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Summer drinks – The worst

Mai Tai

It may appear to be the perfect island cocktail but with almost 1000kJ per serve thanks to its high alcohol content and plenty of fruit juice, this is one to avoid.

Pina Colada

When made with cream, this tasty cocktail can have as much as 17g of fat and 1200kJ per serve


Relatively high in both alcohol and sugars, a single cider can give you as much as 900kJ per 375ml bottle


They may be convenient, but will the extra sugar whether it is Bacardi, rum or scotch, a pre-mixed can of drink will give you between 900-1200kJ per can.

A little better……

Red Wine

If you do enjoy a glass of wine, red is best with a higher antioxidant content than white wine – just watch your serving sizes as a large glass can contain as much as 650kJ per serve

Spirit and diet soft drink

A better option than a spirit served with fruit juice or full sugar soft drink and will give you 300kJ per serve versus 500kJ for the mixer that contains sugar.


A relatively simple mix of alcohol, lime juice and ice, a margarita will give you just 460kJ and requires slow sipping which in turn will help to control your kJ intake.


With fewer kJ than its close friend the Cosmopolitan, a Manhattan will give you just 520kJ per serve.

And the best…….

Light beer

If you are the sort of girl who enjoys an ice cold beer, a ‘light’ variety is significantly lower in kJ with just 375kJ per stubbie.

Low alcohol red wine

Combine the benefits of red wine, with a lower alcohol content wine and get away with just 320kJ per glass.


Naturally it all depends on how many you have, but a single glass of champagne contains just 320kJ.

Vodka Lime and soda

With just 240kJ per serve, this clear spirit is one of the lowest kJ options and with no sugars or preservatives is also less likely to leave you with a nasty hangover