Low calorie alcoholic drinks in a can are a rare find. With so many great non-alcoholic options out there now, many people are taking to the new low- or no-alcohol drinks very easily. But as the summer approaches, these drinks are a staple for those looking to enjoy a boozy picnic while keeping their calorie count low.
You'll struggle to find a large glass of wine or cocktail for under 150 calories, but it's here that seltzers, spritzers, and even some beers find their time to shine. Refreshing, light, and packed with exciting flavors, these often come in at just over or under 100 calories and can be the easy low-cal alternative you're looking for.
Whether you're looking to get into a calorie deficit to lose weight or just enjoy more mindful drinking, these are the best low calorie alcoholic drinks in a can to have this year—including beers, wine spritzers, cocktails, and more.
What are low calorie alcoholic drinks?
Low calorie alcoholic drinks are alcoholic beverages that are low in calories, the measurement of energy in food. The number of calories everyone needs per day is different. But if you go above your maintenance calorie level, the number you need to maintain your weight, then you will gain weight and vice versa if you consume fewer calories.
If you are trying to lose weight and drinking is a big part of your social life, you may find it difficult or not want to cut alcohol out completely. As personal trainer and Team RH’s CEO and co-founder Richie Howey says, there's no need to give up anything when you're looking to lose weight, but changing your choices when it comes to drinking can be helpful.
“If you’re looking to reduce your calorie intake whilst enjoying alcohol over the summer, I’d recommend opting for spirits with diet mixers over sugary alcopops, ciders, and cocktails. It’s all about making smart choices that serve you and your weight loss goals," he says.
Low calorie alcoholic drinks in a can are also helpful for this, as some of the most common ones include seltzers, which is flavored sparkling combined with a variety of spirit. Here are a few of our favorites...
Best low calorie alcoholic drinks in a can
Under 150 calories
Funkin Nitro Cocktails
Nitro is one of the biggest coffee trends for 2022, but it's also made its way into alcoholic drinks. Funkin's Passionfruit Martini is a classic and comes in at 144 calories per can.
Skinny Tinny Wines
With an alcohol percentage of 8.5%, these are the ultimate picnic tinnies for wine lovers. Skinny Tinny comes in at 130 calories per drink and comes in stunning floral packaging.
MOTH Old Fashioned
If you like a traditional cocktail, MOTH's range should have you covered this summer. Their Old Fashioned cocktail comes in at 124 calories while the Margarita sits at 133 calories per can.
Tequila Ranch Water
If a margarita is your cocktail of choice normally but you're wanting to keep calories low, a can of Cutwater tequila with soda water and juice is a good choice at 124 calories per can.
Juneshine Hard Kombucha
With flavors like Midnight Painkiller, Blood Orange Mint, Hopical Citrus, and Grapefruit Paloma, Juneshine's hard seltzers are delicious tastes of pure summer for just 145 calories per can.
DRTY MANGO PASSION
At 118 per can, these DRTY seltzers are slightly higher in calories than others on the list but they're a refreshing, delicious alternative choice to classic White Claw seltzers.
Available in peach, grapefruit, and elderflower flavors, these fruity, light beers are just 125 calories each and have 63% less added sugar than standard cider, with just 3g per 100ml.
Camden Hells Lager
It may surprise you to know that a 330ml can of Camden Town Brewery's famous Camden Hells lager is only 127 calories. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans, it's 4.6% ABV too.
Under 100 calories
Sauvignon Blanc + Cucumber Spritz
At just 95 calories per can with 4% alcohol, this is the best low-calorie wine spritzer we've seen. As well as the refreshing sauvignon blanc spritz, there's a French rosé and hibiscus infusion for just 4 calories more to enjoy on a hot day.
& Soda British Raspberry Vodka Soda
If vodka, soda, lime is your normal go-to drink, try one of these delicious & Soda mixers at 92 calories per can. Available both in the classic lime flavor and raspberry twist, they're perfect for those who don't like the fizz of a seltzer but still want zing.
Just 100 calories per can, Goldling's Sundown mixed drink combines premium distilled vodka with fresh Persian lime, rich pineapple, and Kaffir lime leaf for a unique tropical infusion we've not seen anywhere else and fit for a summer's day.
White Claw in various flavors
At just 90 calories per can with a 4.5 alcohol percentage, White Claw is one of the best low calorie alcoholic drinks in a can for the summer. Fresh, punchy, fruity, and available in a number of flavors including lime, raspberry, and mango.
YNOT Cocktail inspired Hard Seltzers
At 79 calories per tin, this isn't only one of the lowest-calorie seltzers we've seen, it's the lowest cocktail-inspired alcoholic canned drink we've seen. With strong dark & stormy flavors, this is one for lovers of the traditional punchy rum cocktail.
Skinny Brands Premium IPA
Hands-down the best minimal calorie IPA we've tasted, making it a winner for beer-lovers out there. While there might only be 89 calories per can, this beer from Skinny Brands doesn't compromise on taste. You'd never notice the difference!
Fans of popular Scotland-based brewing company, Brewdog, will be thrilled to hear that they offer a deliciously hazy IPA called Lightspeed on their website—for just 99 calories a can. Ideal for those who want Punk or Hazy Jane sans the calories.
Riddles Ice Tea
Like your ice tea with an extra twist? Riddles Ice Tea blends premium tequila with ice tea rich in amino acids, proteins, vitamins, and minerals to create an incredibly refreshing drink that's a little different from your standard seltzer offerings.
Navigator Gin & Diet Tonic
While not available to buy online, you can pick up one of these 72-calorie gin & tonics from your local Home Bargains if you live in the UK. One of the lowest calorie cans we've seen, you can also get Pink gin options available at just 72 calories per can.
How does alcohol impact weight loss?
Alcohol itself can't stop weight loss but 'drinking your calories' can take you out of a calorie deficit, which is what you need to lose weight. This is when you burn more calories per day, through bodily functions like breathing as well as exercise, than you eat. The higher the calorie deficit, the more weight you'll lose.
As personal trainer Richie Howey says, “It all comes down to calories. For example, the difference between choosing a diet mixer over a full-fat Coke on a night out can be 500-1000 calories.”
But drinking on the night doesn't only inhibit our ability to lose weight, it's what we do when we're hungover that makes a difference too. So even if you're opting for the best low calorie alcoholic drinks in a can, how many you drink will matter.
“As alcohol causes dehydration, hunger levels spike, and people end up bingeing—mainly because it’s difficult to control cravings when you’re intoxicated. Think about all the kebabs, pizzas, and cheesy chips you’ve indulged in over the years—they’re all high-fat meals that are the worst thing you could possibly eat when out.”
“Then consider the day after the night before," Richie says, "You hardly move at all. That means low-calorie expenditure followed by another takeaway on the night as you’re bound to have the munchies. So, really, you’ll have consumed a double dose of calories.”
While a weight loss goal shouldn't prevent you from enjoying yourself, and you can enjoy alcohol in moderation with low-calorie alternatives if you're concerned about your daily calorie count, there's no doubt that alcohol definitely makes a difference.
“Fat burning is put on the back burner when you’ve had a few because your body is going to prioritize getting rid of the toxin (alcohol) before it metabolizes fat, so instead it just stores fat," Richie says.
A digital health journalist with over five years experience writing and editing for UK publications, Grace has covered the world of health and wellbeing extensively for Cosmopolitan, The i Paper and more.
She started her career writing about the complexities of sex and relationships, before combining personal hobbies with professional and writing about fitness. Everything from the best protein powder to sleep technology, the latest health trend to nutrition essentials, Grace has a huge spectrum of interests in the wellness sphere. Having reported on the coronavirus pandemic since the very first swab, she now also counts public health among them.
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