Everyone needs a go-to cocktail to order at the bar or make at home, and a vodka and diet ginger ale easily fits the bill. It's fizzy and slightly sweet, and it won't ruin your diet if you're looking to cut down on calories.
Since diet ginger ale has zero calories, you are only consuming the calories from vodka, which ranges from 60 to 70 calories per ounce. Regular ginger ale has around 120 calories per serving, making that cocktail pack almost 200 calories! If you had two or three drinks throughout the evening, you'd consume tons of empty calories.
Mixing Vodka and Diet Ginger Ale
This is an easy cocktail to make. Simply fill a rocks glass with ice, add about an ounce of vodka, and then top it with diet ginger ale. You can add a squeeze of lime (and garnish with the slice) to brighten the flavor. For a fancier version, pour one ounce of vodka and two ounces of diet ginger ale into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake the drink, strain it into a chilled martini glass and garnish it with citrus peel.
If your vodka and diet ginger ale feels like it's missing something, try adding another low calorie mixer. Simple syrup, when made with Splenda, is calorie free and will make your drink sweeter. You can also try sugar-free syrups that are typically used to sweeten coffee drinks or ice cream. Experiment with different flavors such as cherry or raspberry to add color and change the taste.
Other Low Calorie Cocktails with Vodka
Vodka and diet ginger ale may be tricky to order at bars, since many bars don't stock diet ginger ale. However, there are many low calorie vodka cocktail alternatives such as the following:
- Mix vodka with another diet soda, such as Diet Coke or Diet Pepsi; both are more readily available.
- For a fruity drink, mix low calorie or reduced sugar juices with vodka, or use calorie free drink mixes like Crystal Light.
- If you aren't concerned with adding flavor, simply add seltzer or sparkling water to your vodka, but avoid tonic water because it is high in calories.
- Drink vodka on the rocks, or order a vodka martini, light on the vermouth.
Diet Ginger Ale with Other Liquors
All of the major types of liquor - vodka, tequila, rum, whiskey and gin - have approximately the same amount of calories per ounce. So, if you care to venture beyond vodka, you can pair diet ginger ale with these other options. It is especially tasty with tequila, whiskey and rum, although it may not complement gin as much. You can also combine diet ginger ale with liqueurs, but those tend to be a little more sugary and thus higher in calories.
Diet Ginger Ale Brands
You have several choices when it comes to brands that make diet ginger ale, depending on the region in which you live. Decide which one best suits your taste:
- Canada Dry
Also, you may order diet ginger ale mix from SodaStream.
For such a simple cocktail, there's really a lot you can do with a base of diet ginger ale and your favorite brand of vodka. Don't be afraid to experiment a little.