While pushing your body to its limits training for a Tough Mudder, proper nutrition and hydration are super important. But in these sweltering dog days of summer training, an ice-cold cocktail sounds almost necessary to survival. All the sugar and calories in a handmixed libation, however, could derail your carefully crafted fueling plan.
Luckily, nowadays many spirits brands have your back with pre-mixed concoctions that are both low in calories and sugar. Plus, they come in handy cans so you can easily enjoy them at the beach, pool, or whatever sweaty, muddy adventure you've gotten yourself into. So, say goodbye to guilt and hello to these eight options for canned cocktails you can savor anytime, anywhere. (Just rehydrate okay?)
Just three ingredients–cider, sparkling water, and botanicals (no aded sugar!)–combine to create the 80-calorie Mezzo Spritz, a tasty version of the classic Italian happy hour treat. And with an Instagram-worthy label design, you can sip this 3.5% ABV aperol spritz right out of the can while looking effortlessly cool.
Made with a simple combination of ingredients like carbonated water, alcohol fermented from cane sugar, and fruit juice, among other natural flavors, Cape Line has created a 120-calorie way to indulge in your favorite cocktails like the blackberry mojito and the classic margarita. The single-serving 12-ounce cans clock in at 4.5% ABV and contain just enough real cane sugar for a slightly sweet taste.
Henry's Hard Sparkling Water
With no added sugar and just 88 calories per serving, Henry’s Hard Sparkling Water has developed a 4.2% ABV hard sparkling water to be enjoyed in variety packs of tropical or fruit fusion flavors, perfect for a full-on team “Cheers!”
Truly Hard Seltzer
Made with simple ingredients and natural fruit flavors, 5% ABV Truly Hard Seltzer is a clean take on the hard seltzer cocktail. With just one gram of sugar and 100 calories per serving, and in flavors ranging from grapefruit to passion fruit, Truly can be enjoyed guilt-free anywhere from the beach to the post-run picnic.
Fling Craft Cocktails
Featuring mouth-watering flavors like blood orange vodka soda and cucumber lime gin and tonic, 100-calorie Fling Craft Cocktails offer a refreshing departure from Boulevard Brewing Company’s line of delicious beers. Each can contains just 2.4 grams of carbs and is 5% ABV.
High Noon Sun Sips
The simple, yet refreshing combination of vodka and soda just became easier to enjoy with High Noon Sun Sips. Made with real fruit juices, such as grapefruit, pineapple, and watermelon, and containing no added sugar, these 4.5% ABV, 100-calorie hard seltzers are perfect for sipping in the summer sun.
Thanks to Ohza, the mimosa isn’t just for brunch anymore. With real orange juice combined with premium brut sparkling wine, the Ohza Mimosa is a guilt-free take on the mid-morning beverage. In addition to a bold, clean flavor, the 5% ABV cans contain just 140 calories and 11 grams of sugar from juice, 60% and 80% less, respectively, than homemade mimomas.
The latest innovation from the White Claw brand packs a punch. The White Claw Pure Hard Seltzer is a new version of the classic vodka and soda cocktail. And at 5% ABV, 100 calories and zero carbs per can, you can get your buzz on without worrying about the ingredients.
Taylor Dutch is a Chicago-based health and fitness writer that covers endurance sports. When she's not writing, she can be found running on her favorite trails, listening to live music, or enjoying a good happy hour with her friends.