The Skinny Bitch cocktail gets its name from its comparatively low calorie count, which is under 100 calories per serving, making it the preferred sip for body-conscious beautiful people everywhere.

It's known as the official drink of ladies on the reality television show, "The Real Housewives of Sydney," both for its potent ability to help loosen up the ladies up and help keep them in sample sizes. The Skinny Bitch cocktail is a citrus-forward take on the traditional vodka-soda, one of the most popular diet cocktail recipes around.

Low-Calorie Cocktails

Registered dietitian and author Keri Gans points out that all alcohol has about the same amount of calories per shot; instead, it’s the mixers that can really add on the calories.

Gans says that when it comes to drinking on a diet, follow these three rules. First, stick to drinks with simple recipes. Second, avoid cocktails that use more than one type of alcohol, which can rack up the calories. And third, frozen drinks are packed with sugar.

“A Long Island Iced Tea? Forget it,” she told Women’s Health, along with the warning, “Do not have a frozen drink if you’re watching your weight.” This is why the Skinny Bitch is so perfect for low-calorie indulging. When it comes to those three cardinal rules of drinking while on a diet, the Skinny Bitch cocktail checks all three boxes.

Skinny Bitch Cocktail Mixing Tips

The Skinny Bitch cocktail is simple to make and requires just four key ingredients.

But the trick to making the perfect Skinny Bitch drink is fresh lime juice. The bottled stuff will do in a pinch, but nothing can truly replace tart and sweet, fragrant, fresh lime juice. If you’re hosting a party, just run a few limes through the juicer at the beginning of the evening and keep the juice on hand. Or, keep entertaining really easy and slice up several limes ahead of time, and let your guests squeeze the wedges into their own glasses as they mix up their own Skinny Bitch cocktails.

Another make-or-break aspect of creating the perfect Skinny Bitch cocktail is the ice. Resist the urge to skimp. Fill the glass all the way up with ice before mixing to chill it down all the way for maximum enjoyment. The vodka tends to melt the ice quickly, and since soda water is usually kept at room temperature, have plenty of cubes on hand to keep the drinks chilled to peak perfection.

The Perfect Skinny Bitch

Total Time: 5 minutes | Prep Time: 5 minutes | Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • 1 part lime juice (about 1 ounce) 
  • 2 parts vodka (2 1-ounce shots)  
  • Ice 
  • Soda water 
  • Lime wedge for garnish

Directions

  1. Fill highball glass with ice. 
  2. Add vodka and lime juice. 
  3. Fill glass with soda. 
  4. Garnish with lime wedge.
  5. Enjoy! 

In addition to being a tasty and low-calorie cocktail, the Skinny Bitch is also keto-friendly with 0 grams of carbs.

In some variations on the Skinny Bitch cocktail, you add mint leaves for an even more refreshing finish, or swap out the lime juice for lemon or any other citrus, like grapefruit. Once you’ve got the basic recipe down, you can mix and match flavors to suit your taste, without loading up on sugar and calories.

Of course, the Skinny Bitch cocktail isn’t the only diet cocktail recipe out there. Concoctions using seltzers and sugar-free powder mixers and even rum married with coconut water are popular and often available at your local bars and restaurants. But, when calories count the most and you want something simple, with a little bit of a kick, look no further than the Skinny Bitch, the queen of low-calorie cocktails. Long may she reign.

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Becky Bracken

Becky Bracken is a lifestyle, parenting and real estate journalist who has written for outlets including Realtor, Babble, SheKnows, CafeMom, Complex and more.