One thing that I love about Weight Watchers is that they don't want you to ever feel deprived- which I think is so important. Being a single girl who is very social and goes out quite a bit with friends, I will often use a bunch my weekly points on drinks. Here are my suggestions for tasty low calorie drinks from a bartender who learned how to lose 65 pounds while not giving up her social life.
The easy vodka soda's and vodka waters are a no brainer. Add lemon or lime for a little flavor and bada-bing! (PS tonic water is NOT calorie free- its just as bad as regular soda's so steer clear) BUT if you're like me and you require more flavor and sweetness try crystal light packets! My friends and I literally carry them around in our purses and add about 1/3 of a packet to our vodka waters- or vodka sodas if you like carbonation. Lemonade is always my favorite- but try different flavors to mix it up!
Another favorite of mine is mandarin or orange vodka with sugar-free red bull and a tiny splash of orange juice. Super tasty! You could also try a flavored vodka like vanilla or cherry with diet coke. Malibu Rum with diet coke is also surprisingly very delicious!
Only drink clear liquors, and avoid any kind of sugary, sweet or thick liquors like any schnapps, Kahlua, and Grand Marnier. Also, try to avoid high calorie mixers like juices and sodas. If you're favorite drink is a vodka cranberry, try a vodka soda (or water) with a splash of cranberry. Same goes with most drinks- vodka soda splash of sprite, vodka soda splash of lemonade, vodka soda splash of tonic...
I also recommend asking the bartender how many ounces their pour is. Pours can be anywhere from 1.5 oz to 3 oz pours, and that makes a big difference in Weight Watcher points. 5 points is usually pretty safe to assume- but if you tell the bartender you're counting calories the majority of them will be helpful to informing you what you would like to know.
Same goes with how many ounces a glass of wine is in each restaurant. Weight Watchers gives 4 points for 5 oz, 5 points for 6 oz, and 6 points for 7 oz. Each restaurant will vary, but most will pour 6 oz glasses. And make sure you measure your pours when at home. Guaranteed you probably pour way more than the 4 oz you think you pour. A great at home trick with keeping your wine pours in line is by using champagne glasses instead of those giant wine glasses.
If you're a beer drinker- always go light beer. If you don't like the flavor try a beermosa! Like a mimosa, it's mostly beer with a tiny splash of orange juice. Very delicious. Perfect for people who love white ales like Blue Moon. Most light beers are 95-110 calories for a 12 oz bottle. The only two beers I've found with less calories are MGD 64 and Bud Select 55 (pretty obviously they are 64 and 55 calories for a 12 oz bottle). To me- that's basically two for the price of one, and the only beers I will buy at a liquor or grocery store. They are a little harder to find at restaurants, but sometimes you get lucky.
Weight Watchers gives 4 points for a 12 oz bottle of light beer, and 5 points for a 16 oz pint glass or small draft beer. Unfortunately, there is no way to use the points plus calculator for alcohol, so you get to decide for yourself if you want to lower the points for these super light beers. I don't recommend cutting the points in half, but maybe cutting off 1 point per beer might ne ok. Or do what I do- and count the full amount of points, and know that your doing yourself and your weight loss a favor by consuming only half the calories.
Other drinks that I am asked about are-
Bloody Mary's- GREAT! But hold the salt.
Margarita's- not great. If the bar offers a "skinny margarita" than you're probably ok, or at least better than te regular version. But they can still be high in calories considering the ingredients that go into them.
t great. There is generally a TON of simple syrup in these decieving cocktails, which is basically thick sugar water.