24 Ways to Drink Fewer Calories (without being a party pooper)

24 Ways to Drink Fewer Calories (without being a party pooper)

Who doesn’t love the smell of good food sizzling on a BBQ?

Picture the scene . . .

Great company, good food with gorgeous looking salads to accompany it and the drinks table laden with beers, ciders and wine.

All ready and waiting to be enjoyed.

A perfect sunny afternoon picture. But then you remember you’re counting the calories. A big black cloud blots out the sun.

Memories of the weight loss tip, ‘Don’t drink your calories’ come flooding back and the afternoon looks doomed. WLR can help you chase that black cloud away.

How? Let me enlighten you . . .

We have scoured the supermarkets for low calorie alcoholic drinks. In our search, we came across a really good selection of low alcohol drinks too, which also work out low in calories.

We even found some alternatives to your favourite spirits.

Have a look through our selection and see what we thought to them. We’ve included the nutritional info for the original versions so you can see the difference.

Beers#

San Miguel 0.0%

This is a refreshing alternative to it's counterpart AND it's less than half the calories!

A reasonable copy, particularly if you are a San Miguel fan.

Bottle size 330ml
Cals per 100ml 24 cals
Calories per bottle 79.2 cals
Alcohol content 0

San Miguel

Can size 440ml
Cals per 100ml 45 cals
Calories per bottle 198 cals
Alcohol content 5%

Becks Blue Alcohol Free

This smelt like a beer but had a strong synthetic tase and was a little watery.

That said, it was a bearable alternative to the regular version and a fraction of the calories.

Bottle size 275ml
Cals per 100ml 14 cals
Calories per bottle 38.5 cals
Alcohol content 0.05%

Becks

Bottle size 275ml
Cals per 100ml 41 cals
Calories per bottle 112.8 cals
Alcohol content 4.8%

Bavaria 0.0% Beer

This one didn't go down very well with our tasters. In fact, the direct quote was,

'A truly horrid attempt at making something taste like wheat beer. It doesn't. Avoid!'

Bottle size 330ml
Cals per 100ml 24 cals
Calories per bottle 79.2 cals
Alcohol content 0

Bavaria 5% Premium

Bottle size 500ml
Cals per 100ml 43 cals
Calories per bottle 215 cals
Alcohol content 5%

Erdinger Alkoholfrei

This is quite often made available at the end of Ultra Challenges and Sportifs.

It's great for quenching your thirst when what you fancy is a pint, without the alcohol.

The manufacturers don't claim this is a beer, instead calling it an 'isotonic drink' It has a taste that sits more in classic lager territory, as you would expect from German beer, but it's got a unique taste all its own.

Bottle size 500ml
Cals per 100ml 25 cals
Calories per bottle 125 cals
Alcohol content 0.5%

Erdinger Weissbier

Bottle size 500ml
Cals per 100ml 25 cals
Calories per bottle 220 cals
Alcohol content 5.3%

Cobra Zero

This has a clean, crisp lager taste that is very close to standard Cobra.

It does has a slight metallic tang, common to most low-to-no alcohol beers but Cobra have managed to minimise it with this one.

Bottle size 330ml
Cals per 100ml 24 cals
Calories per bottle 79.2 cals
Alcohol content 0

Cobra Indian Premium

Bottle size 330ml
Cals per 100ml 40 cals
Calories per bottle 132 cals
Alcohol content 4.8%

Heineken 0.0%

Our taster said,

'Not quite sure of the wizardy that went into this but to my palate this tastes so similar to classic Heineken as to be nearly indistinguishable. This is my go-to lager replacement for long hot summer days.'

So a definite thumbs up there!

Bottle size 330ml
Cals per 100ml 21 cals
Calories per bottle 69.3 cals
Alcohol content 0.05%

Heineken

Bottle size 250ml
Cals per 100ml 44 cals
Calories per bottle 110 cals
Alcohol content 5%

Innis & Gunn Innis & None IPA

This is a pale ale and stands out from the lager crowd with a good hit of hops and a clean finish to it.

According to our tasters this is the ultimate summer session beer and is a lot lower in calories than the regular version.

Can size 330ml
Cals per 100ml 19.9 cals
Calories per bottle 65.7 cals
Alcohol content 0.5%

Innis & Gunn IPA

Bottle size 330ml
Cals per 100ml 49
Calories per bottle 161.7
Alcohol content 5.6%

Wine (Based on a 125ml glass)

Blossom Hill Vie (White)

This is a really pleasant crisp wine.

Our taster said,

'It's very, very light. A good lunch time wine.'

Cals per 100ml 45 cals
Cals per 125ml glass 56.25 cals
Alcohol content 5.5%

Blossom Hill Chardonnay

Cals per 100ml 74 cals
Cals per 125ml glass 92.5 cals
Alcohol content 13%

Gallo Summer Rosé

This is sweet but refreshing and is a great sunny afternoon wine.

In fact, our taster didn't know it was low alcoghol and said,

'That's the real wine isn't it?'

Cals per 100ml 60cals
Cals per 125ml glass 75cals
Alcohol content 5.5%

Gallo White Zinfandel

Cals per 100ml 81 cals
Cals per 125ml glass 101.4 cals
Alcohol content 8.5%

Eisberg Rosé

This had a really good strawberry smell and taste but was a little like squash with an edge.

Our tasters weren't loving this one.

Cals per 100ml 26 cals
Cals per 125ml glass 32.5 cals
Alcohol content 0.05%

Eisberg Sparkling White

A well balanced alternative to a sparkling white wine, not too sweet but not as dry as Champagne or Prosecco.

Easy drinking for an evening at friends where you have to hop in the car and drive home afterwards.

Cals per 100ml 24.8 cals
Cals per 125ml glass 31 cals
Alcohol content 0.05%

Average White Sparkling Wine

Cals per 100ml 74 cals
Cals per 125ml glass 92.5 cals
Alcohol content 11%

Eisberg Cabernet

Unfortuately, our tasters weren't able to test this as our supermarket was out of stock. But if the other wines from Eisberg are anything to go by this one will be worth trying.

Cals per 100ml 20.8 cals
Cals per 125ml glass 26.25 cals
Alcohol content 0.05

Average Cabernet Sauvignon

Cals per 100ml 84 cals
Cals per 125ml glass 105 cals
Alcohol content 13.1%

Cider

Kopparberg Pear 0%

This is quite sweet but tastes very similar to its alcoholic cousin without the synthetic taste of some of the other low alcohol drinks.

Bottle size 500ml
Cals per 100ml 34 cals
Calories per bottle 170 cals
Alcohol content 0%

Kopparberg Pear

Bottle size 500ml
Cals per 100ml 45 cals
Calories per bottle 225 cals
Alcohol content 4.5%

Kopparberg Mixed Fruit 0%

This is a lovely, refreshing pint and not as heavy as the alcoholic version.

Our taster, an avid Kopparberg drinker, said,

'I could actually drink this at a BBQ and not feel as though I was missing out.'

Bottle size 500ml
Cals per 100ml 38
Calories per bottle 190
Alcohol content 0%

Kopparberg Light Summerfruits

This is very fruity but a bit too sweet.

Low in calories, it could be quite dangerous because it's almost like drinking squash rather than cider!

Bottle size 500ml
Cals per 100ml 33 cals
Calories per bottle 82.5 cals
Alcohol content 4%

Kopparberg Light Raspberry

Again, this was very sweet and fruity.

Our taster said,

'Lovely pink colour with bubbles but that's where it ends . . . Very vinegary smells and synthetic taste.'

Can size 250ml
Cals per 100ml 34 cals
Calories per bottle 85 cals
Alcohol content 4%

Kopparberg Mixed Fruit

Bottle size 500ml
Cals per 100ml 42.3
Calories per bottle 211.3
Alcohol content 4%

Stowford Press Low Alcohol Cider

We think, if you gave this to someone who didn't know it was low alcohol, they wouldn't be able to tell the difference!

Bottle size 330ml
Cals per 100ml 27 cals
Calories per bottle 89.1 cals
Alcohol content 0.5%

Average Dry Cider

Can size 440ml
Cals per 100ml 36 cals
Calories per bottle 158.4 cals
Alcohol content 4.5%

Spirits

There are a couple of options with spirits. Some supermarkets have some really good, readymade and low calorie options for you. Or you could try your own.
I’ve done some of the leg work for you:

Drink Cals Per 100ml Cals Per Serving Alcohol Content
Tesco Vodka, Lime & Low Cal Lemonade 29 cals 250ml Can – 72 cals 5%
Homemade Vodka Lime & Soda 33.89 cals Made up to 250ml – 84.7 cals 37.5%
Homemade Gin & Slim line Tonic 15.2 cals Made up to 250ml – 38 cals 37.5%
Homemade Vodka & Tonic 30.36 cals Made up to 250ml – 75.9 cals 37.5%
Small glass of Champagne 73.7 cals 125ml glass - 95 cals 3.3%
Homemade Pimms & Low Calorie Lemonade 161.7 50ml Pimms & 200 ml Low Cal Lemonade – 84 cals 25%
Skinnybrands Cosmo 36 cals 250ml can – 90 cals 5%
Seedlip Spice & Low Cal Tonic Water 1.6 cals 250ml – 4 cals 0%

We tried the Tesco Vodka, Lime & Low Cal Lemonade and the Seedlip Spice.

The vodka was great, if a little sweet. It had plenty of lime in it and was really refreshing. Bonus being that is is only 72 calories a can.

The Seedlip Spice wasn't as much of a success. But does have 0 calories.

  • Comments included:
  • Watery
  • Massively overpriced (£26 a bottle)
  • Flavourless
  • Reminiscent of bicarbonate of soda

So, there you have it. Our verdict on some of the virtuous, low calorie and low alcohol drinks that you could use as a substitute if you don't want to drink or are watching the calories.

I'm off to polish my halo now!

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