10 Low-Calorie Drinks To Try This Summer

Jan 14, 2022

There are many reasons that people are choosing to cut back on alcohol, and health and wellbeing are often right at the top of the list. But when I talk to my Sans Drinks customers about the specific reasons they are choosing non-alcoholic drinks, calories is one of the most common answers.  

A bike based holding a pack of 4 The Duchess Alcohol-Free Wine Spritzer Elderflower, a bowl of fruits and a glass of non-alcoholic red wine

It's difficult to know exactly how many calories are in a glass of wine because winemakers are not required to list calories on their products. But we do know that alcohol is a highly caloric ingredient. According to Healthline, a standard glass of Chardonnay (125mls) can have up to 103 calories, which is 82.2KCals per 100mls. 

Most of our non-alcoholic wine has fewer calories than traditional wine because removing the alcohol also removes the bulk of the calories. Giesen is a good example. Giesen 0% New Zealand Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is low in calories at only 13 calories per 100ml - 80 per cent fewer calories than a traditional Sauvignon Blanc.

What is a 'low calorie' beverage?  

According to Food Standards Australia, a product needs to be 19 calories or less to be considered low calorie. We've used this guideline to create low-calorie sections for all our drink categories, so whether you are looking for low-calorie wine, low-calorie beer or low calorie mixed drinks we have you sorted. 

But with so many options, you might have a hard time choosing! To make it easy, I've picked out my top ten low-calorie drinks for summer. 

1. Ms Sans Cosmopolitan Premixed & Alcohol-Free

The taste: Ms Sans mocktails come with premium non-alcoholic spirits already included and perfectly mixed. This alcohol-free mocktail tastes like a classic Cosmopolitan, featuring tart cranberry, zesty lime and a hint of juicy orange. It has no added sugar or artificial sweeteners, it is just naturally sweetened with fruit extract.

The calories: 17 per 100mls. 

What customers are saying: "This Cosmopolitan cocktail is shockingly good for being alcohol-free. It is not actually a mixer, it is the entire Cosmo, love that I don't need to find any AF spirit to add to it. I just added a slice of lime and enjoyed it watching the SATC reboot." 

The range: There are currently three mocktails in the Ms Sans range. As well as the Cosmopolitan we have Ms Sans Mojito and Ms Sans Margarita. All three are low calorie. 

A happy Sans Drinks Customer drinking Ms Sans Cosmopolitan
Image:  @msmartaprina 

2. NORT All Day IPA

The taste: This beer has a complex flavour profile that features citrus, grapefruit and malty tones. 

The calories: 16 per 100mls 

What customers are saying: "So good it has turned my beer swilling partner into a zero alcohol lover!"

The range: NORT has a range of four alcohol free beers and they are all low in calories. 

3. Naked Life Wimbledon Spritz Non-Alcoholic Cocktail

The taste: This award-winning drink delivers the taste of a classic Pimms and lemonade; a fruity yet subtly bitter gin flavour is balanced with a medley of Tahitian lime, Nigerian Ginger, distilled botanical of cucumber and lemonade. The result is a complex and layered taste profile. 

The calories: 3 calories per 100mls. 

What customers are saying: "Tastes just like a Pimms! Super refreshing and perfect for a hot summers day! Would buy again." 

The range: The Naked Life range was created with a 'no nasties' ethos all of their drinks are sugar free, ultra low calorie and made without artificial flavours. Their range includes a G&T, Negroni Spritz, Margarita and many others.  

4. 1920 Wines Alcohol Removed Pinot Grigio

The taste: Featuring a nice, dry flavour profile with notes of Nashi Pear, apple and lemon, 1920 Pinot Grigio has a full-bodied mouthfeel and satisfying finish.

The calories: 18 calories per 100mls 

What customers are saying: "Super dry with all the depth of flavour you would expect from a Pinot Grigio. Absolutely delicious!" 

The range: So far, 1920s wine has only released this Pinot Grigio - but watch this space. 

Two bottles of 1920 Wines Alcohol Removed Pinot Grigio and one glass of wine filled with non-alcoholic white wine

5. Thomson & Scott Noughty

The taste: BBC Good Food says that Noughty "raises the bar" for other non-alcoholic wines and Sans Drinks customers agree - Noughty gets consistently good reviews. Noughty has a crisp and ripe apple scent with a dry, Champagne-style flavour profile. 

The calories: 14 calories per 100mls 

What customers are saying: "Pops, pours, and looks like the real deal. And best of all tastes really good, not sweet at all, lovely dry finish so I drunk it like I would champagne and enjoyed it." 

The range: As well as this best selling sparker, Noughty make a sparkling Rosé

6. The Duchess Alcohol-Free Wine Spritzer Elderflower

The taste: Crafted with premium dealcoholised wine and a delicate elderflower extract, this white wine spritzer is crisp and refreshing. Best served with ice and a slice of lime. 

The calories: 14 per 100mls 

What customers are saying: "Delicious, not sweet and smells amazing!" 

A pack of 4 The Duchess Alcohol-Free Wine Spritzer Elderflower next to a glass of low calorie non-alcoholic wine, grapes and bread

7. Edenvale Tempranillo Cabernet Sauvignon

The taste: Made with Cabernet Sauvignon and Spanish Tempranillo grapes, this non-alcoholic red wine is complex and full-bodied. Featuring notes of bramble, fig and blackberry and Edenvale Tempranillo Cabernet Sauvignon has a rich and spicy finish.

The calories: 12 calories per 100mls. 

What customers are saying:" This Edenvale wine was very sophisticated. Great for sipping on a cool evening and excellent with our Italian dinner." 

The range: Edenvale has an impressive range of non-alcoholic wines, including white, red, rosé and sparkling that fall into the low-calorie category. 

8. Monday Distillery Non-Alcoholic Aperitz Spritz

The taste: A cross between a Negroni and an Aperitif Spritz, this alcohol free pre-mixed drink became an instant hit with Sans Drinks customers when it launched last year. Featuring aromas of orange peel, espresso and rosemary, the Aperitz Spritz is the perfect blend of bitter Italian orange, zesty grapefruit, coffee notes and undertones of tart cherry. 

The calories: Less than 1 calorie per 100mls 

The range: Monday Distillery has a great selection of ultra low-calorie drinks including an alcohol-free G&T, a Paloma and a Dark & Stormy. 

A woman pouring a bottle of Monday Distillery non-alcoholic drink into a mocktail garnished with an orange wheel

9. Giesen 0% Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

The taste: From award-winning winemakers, Giesen, this Sauvignon Blanc features aromas of fresh lime, redcurrant and lemon shortbread along with notes of passionfruit. Well balanced with a hint of acidity on the fish, this wine has proved a hit with Sans Drinks customers. 

The calories: 13 per 100mls. 

The range: The Giesen 0% range also includes a Pinot Gris and a Rosé. The entire range is low-calorie and low sugar. 

What customers are saying: "I had no idea that non-alcoholic Sauvignon Blanc could be this amazing. As someone who was a fierce lover of the alcoholic variety, I am not missing it at all with this one in my fridge. Could not rate higher, absolutely stunning." 

10. NON 4 Roasted Beetroot & Sansho

The taste: Created by Chef William Wade and Aaron Trotman, NON is a wine alternative that redefines the wine occasion. NON 4 features toasted, savoury notes with pepper. 

The calories: 15 per 100mls. 

The range: There are 7 NON drinks to choose from. 

What customers are saying: "I actually preferred this to all the non-alcoholic wines I’ve tried."

Read my guide to the NON Wine alternative range

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