Mixed Drinks That Won’t Make You Gain the Freshman 15

Going out with friends and drinking every weekend seems like a great idea— the first semester. When the extra calories turn to extra pounds and the gym is filled with everybody getting their “New Year’s Body,” you’re going to wish you didn’t have so many shots… OR you’ll wish you stuck with lower calorie miked drinks! Rum, Tequila, and Vodka tend to have fewer calories per serving than whiskey or gin, which are 90-110 calories a shot. BUT! Beers, ciders, and malts go up to 400 calories a pop! That’s a whole lot of extra calories for much lower alcohol contents at 5-6%. Here are a few low-calorie mixed drinks that will allow you to continue to party and keep the freshman 15 at bay.

Tom Collins

A refreshing sprite-like drink that’s fun and tasty. But seriously, you can trade the lemon and seltzer for diet sprite!

What you’ll need:

  • Ice
  • 3 shots seltzer
  • 1 shot lemon juice
  • 2 shots gin

Hot Toddy

Rainy day alcohol sure to chase the blues away!

What you’ll need:

  • 3/4 glass boiling water
  • 1 shot lemon juice
  • 1/2 tbsp honey
  • 2 shots bourbon

Vodka Soda

Exactly what you’d expect. Stick with clear, diet sodas to keep it low cal.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 lemon or lime wedge
  • 4 shots seltzer
  • 2 shots vodka


Minty fresh for a day at the pool. Serve at a party for an instant hit.

What you’ll need:

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  • 3 shots seltzer
  • 2 shots light rum – use bourbon instead for a mint julep!
  • 1 shot simple syrup
  • 1/2 a lime
  • 1 handful fresh mint

Tequila Sunrise

One of the best ways to get up in the morning is with a Tequila Sunrise!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 splash cranberry juice
  • 1 shot orange juice
  • 1 shot tequila


Let us know if you try any of these drinks and which one is your favorite by commenting below or tweeting @SOCIETY19!

Alexandra Smith

Alexandra Smith is majoring in Psychology, with a minor in Creative Writing. In her free time, she enjoys running, hanging out with family friends, and roaming the world with her camera in hand.

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