With beer gardens re-opening this week and warmer weather on the way it seems like a perfect time to enjoy a few ice-cold cocktails.

But, we all know that alcohol consumed in large amounts isn’t good for your health, and it certainly won’t help if you’re trying to lose weight. But, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the odd cocktail, or two – If you’re sensible.

When it comes to shots of alcohol, they are all pretty much the same nutritionally. There’s not much difference between vodka, gin and tequila, or rum, bourbon and scotch. They all contain between 90-110 calories.

It’s what we have with them that makes the difference.

If you’re drinking cocktails that contain more than one type of alcohol, syrups or added sugar then your drink is going to be a calorie monster!

Take the Mai Tai for example. There are lots of different recipes for Mai Tai recipes but they normally contain light rum, dark rum, triple sec, amaretto, lime juice, pineapple juice and syrup. Depending on the recipe, they can contain up to 700 calories in one cocktail.

For lower calorie cocktails follow these 3 rules:
The best low calories cocktails:

G&T (148 calories)
Gin has risen to popularity over the last couple of years because of its versatility. It doesn’t have to be boring anymore, there’s hundreds of different combinations. Make sure you mix your gin with a low-calorie tonic. Then add fresh fruits and herbs for extra flavour. One of my favourites combinations is lime zest and basil.

Vodka Soda (96 calories)
Since soda water has zero calories, all you have to account for is the alcohol. To add a bit of extra flavour you can add some freshly squeezed lime.

Old Fashioned (154 calories)
If you don't like to drink your bourbon straight, request an old fashioned at the bar. This cocktail has a splash of bitters to add flavour (without taking on too many calories) and a bit of sugar.

Martini (176 calories)
The classic martini is a mix of vermouth and gin. You can also ask to make it dry, means you'll get less vermouth and more liquor. Olives are optional.

Kir Royale (165 calories)
Champagne and champagne-related cocktails are some of the best in the calorie department. One standard flute of champagne contains far less than a glass of wine or a mixed drink. A Kir Royale is a mix of Crème De Cassis and Prosecco.

For more health, fitness and lifestyle advice you can contact to Graham Low at East Coast Fitness here