The Skinny on Summer Cocktails. By Jessica Dean, RD

Don’t let summer cocktail parties sabotage your diet. Sugar laden drinks such as margaritas and daiquiris can contain more than 600 calories per serving and a TON of added sugar!

The American Heart Association recommends limiting the amount of added sugar you consume to no more than half of your daily discretionary calorie allowance. A person’s discretionary calories depends on physical activity and daily nutrient requirements. A Registered Dietitian can help you calculate these recommendations.

Generally speaking, for most American women, it is recommended that no more than 100 calories per day (or about 6 teaspoons) and for men, no more than 150 calories per day (or 9 teaspoons) come from added sugars.


Common sources of discretionary calories (in addition to added sugars) are fats, oils and alcohol.  A margarita can contain 27 grams of sugar, which is approximately 6 teaspoons of sugar and a 12 oz.strawberry daiquiri can contain 32 grams of sugar, which is approximately 8 teaspoons of sugar.

Below are a few summer cocktail options that won’t break the calorie “bank”.

Cucumber Cocktail

Mint Julep Cocktail

For more RD approved cocktails click here

**It is important to note that reducing the amount of added sugars we consume can help improve heart health and control weight. (resource link)


The American Heart Association

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