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20 Skinny cocktails you'll never believe are actually low-cal

Heather Barnett is a freelance writer and foodie whose work has been featured in blogs, websites, magazines, and TV and radio ads. She spends her free time relaxing with her soulmate, Keith; her dog, Mosby "The Fly Slayer;" and Felix th...

These low-calorie cocktails are sure to make your happy hour even happier

Trying to shed some of that winter weight you gained grubbing on our fantastic comfort food recipes? So are we. That's why we rounded up these fantabulous skinny cocktails — because losing weight doesn't mean depriving yourself of everything.

1. Skinny mint mojito recipe

These low-calorie cocktails are sure to make your happy hour even happier

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This skinny mint mojito is made with a simple syrup using stevia instead of sugar, so you can spend your spring not having to worry about summer.

2. The skinny, skinny pomegranate margarita recipe

These low-calorie cocktails are sure to make your happy hour even happier

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Just looking at a restaurant margarita too long can make you gain a pound, so we're grateful for this skinny, skinny pomegranate margarita that's mixed with all-natural juices and ingredients.

3. Nilla basil daiquiri recipe

These low-calorie cocktails are sure to make your happy hour even happier

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This skinny variation of the basil and honey daiquiri is an elegant cocktail, far removed from the high-calorie fruit daiquiris dispensed from frozen drink machines.

4. Low-calorie peach bikini cocktail recipe

These low-calorie cocktails are sure to make your happy hour even happier

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This breezy peach bikini cocktail has almost half the calories of the fuzzier, full-calorie original.

5. Creamsicle low-calorie cocktail recipe

These low-calorie cocktails are sure to make your happy hour even happier

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We'll take two of these creative skinny creamsicle cocktails made with rum, vanilla and a variety of fruit juices.

6. Tale of two limes recipe

These low-calorie cocktails are sure to make your happy hour even happier

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Hangar 1 Kaffir Lime Vodka mixed with freshly squeezed lime juice are the stars of this reimagined gin and tonic.

7. Trade winds recipe

These low-calorie cocktails are sure to make your happy hour even happier

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In a delicious departure from the tiki drink, this trade winds cocktail is made with ruby red grapefruit and citrus vodka.

8. Spiked cherry lemonade slushie recipe

These low-calorie cocktails are sure to make your happy hour even happier

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As spring moves closer to summer, these cherry vodka lemonade slushies will make you completely forget the heat.

9. Jalapeño-pineapple margarita recipe

These low-calorie cocktails are sure to make your happy hour even happier

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A pineapple margarita sounds like it might be the perfect way to mix it up with a spicy simple syrup made with jalapeño.

10. Cherry bomb skinny cocktail recipe

These low-calorie cocktails are sure to make your happy hour even happier

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Homemade skinny grenadine and limeade vodka make this cherry bomb cocktail, er, the bomb.

11. Skinny kiwi-strawberry blended cocktail recipe

These low-calorie cocktails are sure to make your happy hour even happier

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Strawberries and kiwi are meant to be together, and this easy blended rum cocktail proves it.

12. Skinny blueberry spritzer recipe

These low-calorie cocktails are sure to make your happy hour even happier

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Fresh blueberries and Champagne complete this sparkling blueberry spritzer and bring a satisfying end to a breezy spring day.

13. Blueberry vodka mojito cocktail recipe

These low-calorie cocktails are sure to make your happy hour even happier

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This blueberry vodka mojito is so gorgeous you might not want to drink it. But if you're like us, you won't be able to resist the smell of fresh mint and blueberries.

14. The wicked skinny sunset cocktail recipe

These low-calorie cocktails are sure to make your happy hour even happier

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This wicked cocktail made with cherry vodka and maraschino cherries was created for you summer lovers trapped in spring.

15. The smashed lime skinny margarita recipe

These low-calorie cocktails are sure to make your happy hour even happier

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Muddled limes, agave nectar and blue agave tequila make a lime margarita so good you won't believe it's skinny.

16. Skinny sunrise cocktail recipe

These low-calorie cocktails are sure to make your happy hour even happier

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Celebrate "Shrinko" de Mayo with this fabulous rum cocktail made with pineapple juice, orange juice and strawberry simple syrup.

17. Rosemary gin fizz recipe

These low-calorie cocktails are sure to make your happy hour even happier

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The classic gin fizz is given a fresh, herbal twist with a sprig of rosemary and tablespoon of rosemary syrup. This recipe isn't specifically marked as skinny, but our research shows it clocks in at around 92 calories (2 fluid ounces gin ~ 40 calories; 2 tablespoons lemon juice ~ 4 calories; 1 tablespoon simple syrup ~ 48 calories).

18. Gin, rosemary, lime and soda recipe

These low-calorie cocktails are sure to make your happy hour even happier

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This rosemary and lime cocktail uses homemade sweet-and-sour mix for a naturally skinny drink.

19. Celery-cilantro cocktail recipe

These low-calorie cocktails are sure to make your happy hour even happier

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You've probably never had a sip from any sparkler as uncommonly refreshing as this celery and cilantro cocktail.

20. Skinny strawberry-basil smash cocktail recipe

These low-calorie cocktails are sure to make your happy hour even happier

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Blood orange vodka, fresh lemon juice and sparkling soda poured over muddled strawberries and basil makes an amazing sweet-and-sour smash cocktail for spring.

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