Traditionally made with simple syrup, mint juleps are nothing if not a sugar high waiting to happen. You could skip the drink altogether in favor of another traditional whiskey cocktail from the South: the sazerac. With only a touch of sugar, a sazerac falls right around the 150-calorie mark.
1/8 ounce Herbsaint or Absinthe
3-4 dashes Peychaud's bitters
2 ounces Old Overholt Rye
Lemon twist, for garnish
1. Rinse a straight-sided collins glass with Herbsaint.
2. Moisten a sugar cube under running water, then muddle it well in a mixing glass with the Peychaud's bitters.
3. Pour in the rye whiskey, and stir to further dissolve the sugar. Add ice and churn everything with a bar spoon.
4. Pour into the prepared glass and garnish with lemon twist.