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For skinnier cocktails, use lighter mixers. Calorie-free club soda is the lightest ingredient, but a splash of lime juice (8 calories per ounce) or a dash of tonic water (10 per ounce) are also wise choices. Bar Tip: Beware of pairing liquor with diet soft drinks . A recent study suggests it might leave you more intoxicated, as subjects drinking alcohol with a diet mixer had breath alcohol concentrations 18 percent higher than those who had drinks with sugar-sweetened mixers. Liqueurs: Sweet Indulgences Average calories: 85-115 per ounce; 150-170 per jigger Liqueurs, or cordials, are distilled spirits mixed with sugary sweeteners and flavorings like herbs, fruits, nuts and flowers. These additives make it probably your least diet-friendly cocktail-hour choice. Calories vary from brand to brand, but you can expect a jigger of coffee liqueur served in coffee or over the rocks to carry about 160 calories. A shot of almond-flavored amaretto is about the same, but when you add a splash or two of sweet-and-sour mix for a classic amaretto sour, the total rises to about 200 calories. In general, schnapps varieties tend to be a little lighter; peppermint schnapps, for example, has 125 calories per jigger. Bar Tip: If you enjoy liqueurs, be careful with portions. The sweet taste makes it easy to keep sipping, but the calories half from sugar and half from alcohol add up quickly.