One of the best parts of a vacation is the chance to try new things, including new foods. And while sampling the local fare is one of the most effective ways of exploring a new city or culture, it’s not always conducive to your diet if you’re trying to lose a few pounds. To help stave off the travel weight gain, shave a few calories with the following low-calorie drink options so you can enjoy your trip, and a night on the town, without an ounce of guilt.


Aside from being the epitome of a celebratory beverage, there may be another reason champagne is the drink of choice behind the scenes at Fashion Week. This wine has others beat in terms of calories, with an average 90 calories per serving, compared to 100 calories in the typical glass of red wine. For a lower sugar selection, try the Brut varieties and avoid Doux, which has the highest sugar content. For the sake of accuracy, it’s important to note that champagne is only authentic if it originates from the Champagne region of France—otherwise, it’s technically sparkling wine, but either way, it’s delicious.

Vodka Soda

A standard vodka soda contains about 96 calories and can easily be punched up with some lime, lemon or a sprig of mint.
Vodka generally contains fewer calories and less sugar than many other hard alcohols, and soda water contains no calories at all. You can go ahead and order a double and still not feel too guilty—just be sure to back it up with a glass of water.

Rum and Diet 

For a lower calorie twist on a rum and Coke, try a rum and Diet Coke. Just as with a vodka soda, this drink only packs its calories from the alcohol, and can be dressed up with a splash of lemon for a little extra flavor.
Depending on where you’re traveling to, you can also switch out the Diet Coke for just about any other diet cola, including Diet Dr. Pepper. Just be wary of the caffeine content, which could make it harder to get some shut-eye if you’re drinking later in the evening.

Skinny Margarita 

Margaritas are far friendlier on the taste buds than on the tummy, with a standard pre-mixed frozen margarita containing as many as 500 calories and about as much sugar. But there’s no reason to give up your favorite summertime drink altogether. There are several lower calorie varieties to choose from, including the Elevated Margarita, Blood Orange Margarita and Skinny Margarita, ranging from about 170 to 200 calories a pop.


The Sazerac is a favorite among many whiskey drinkers, particularly those looking to watch their waistlines. Composed of whiskey, bitters, absinthe, a bit of sugar, and water, this drink carries just the right amount of punch without being overly strong or overly sweet. The standard serving has about 136 calories.


A number of studies have also shown whiskey—when consumed in moderation—to have a host of potential health benefits, including staving off dementia and helping your body to regulate glucose and insulin levels.