For TheBeerLady, a skinny cocktail is a cocktail that comes in around 200 calories or less.  At 200 calories, you still can’t drink them by the gallon, but at the same time, you don’t have to feel guilty if you indulge in one. Maybe even two, if you’ve planned ahead for the splurge (or if you don’t feel guilty easily).

With that said, martini fans are definitely rolling in clover when it comes to  skinny cocktail choices.  Cocktails like a traditional vodka or gin Martini or the classic James Bond Vesper are lighter on the carbs and the calories.  Watch out for the liqueur-filled pseudo-tinis, though. They’re full of sugar and the calories add up fast.

The Cosmo and its assorted variations also are easy on the calorie budget. There are dozens of recipes, but most use only a splash of liqueur for flavor. The calorie content will depend on the type of juice used, but if you can cut calories even further by using a sugar-free or ‘lite’ juice.

Or if you feel like splurging, go ahead and use real juice – it’s healthy, isn’t it? For something new, try this Pomegranate Cosmo.  After all, pomegranate juice is one of the healthiest juices around.  True, there’s not really enough pomegranate juice in this delicious cocktail to be truly beneficial. But it’s delicious.

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Pomegranate Cosmo cocktail recipe

5 mins Prep Time

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  • 3 parts citron vodka
  • 3 parts pomegranate juice
  • 1 1/2 parts fresh lime juice
  • 1 part Cointreau or other orange liqueuer


  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, and shake until icy cold.
  2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and serve garnished with a lime twist.