The Basil South Side from Parliament (left) and the Hot and Skinny from Fernando's (right)

The Basil South Side from Parliament (left) and the Hot and Skinny from Fernando's (right)

Kimber Westphall

Summer days are spent sipping libations by the pool. Summer nights are spent sipping libations on a patio, with the hopes of catching a breeze. But between all these swallows of booze, how can one stay trim for swimwear?

Skinny cocktails have become the trendiest of sips on many menus. Will they really aid in the dietary reduction plan, or are they just a Splenda-filled gimmick?

We had your waistline in mind as we scouted out five of the best skinny cocktails you can find in Dallas-Fort Worth this summer.

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Joie de Vivre (Midnight Rambler)

To make this speakeasy-like experience less guilty on the calorie conscience, enjoy a French cocktail called Joie de Vivre. This fancy blend is especially refreshing for summer. It's light and sweet, made with splashes of Dolin Blanc vermouth, Saint Germain, orange bitters and club soda. And don't forget the grapefruit twist. The mingling of these ingredients will trick your mind and you won't even realize you're skipping the extra sugar.

Basil South Side (Parliament)

You can flip, scour and peruse the many pages of Parliament's thick drink menu, but you won't find the word skinny. The bartenders say they don't advertise any skinny ploys, but they all have the culinary knowledge to slim down any beverage. They recommend a twist on a South Side cocktail, called a Basil South Side. With this twist on a classic, you'll enjoy gin paired with refreshing dollops of citrus and basil notes. This cocktail is calorically pleasing and slides down the gullet with ease. Imagine sipping lemonade, accompanied by basil. A traditional South Side has simple syrup, but to make it skinny, simply ask your barkeep to skip the syrup. The basil is a nice addition to add some flavor and mask the lack of syrup.

Hot and Skinny (Fernando's)

There are many spins on the classic margarita, most of which include sugary sour mixes that increase the calorie count. But Fernando's has their own spin on the margarita that focuses the taste buds on hot, spicy flavors instead of sweet and sugary. Agave nectar is a classic substitute for the traditional margarita mixshaving calories off the recipe. To accompany the tequila, the bedrock of any margarita, chopped jalapeños are included to give this skinny beverage a hot kick. You can even spy the jalapeño seeds floating in the margarita, so be prepared for an extra spicy slurp.

The Skinny Cosmo from Del Frisco's Grille

The Skinny Cosmo from Del Frisco's Grille

Kimber Westphall

Skinny Cosmo (Del Frisco's Grille)

This skinny stir comes nestled in a sleek martini glass. The Del Frisco's Grille menu proudly claims this Skinny Cosmo has just over 200 calories, adding extra assurance that it is truly skinny. Not a lot to this mixed drink. The bartenders kept the calorie count down, as well as the ingredients: Skinny Girl Tangerine Vodka and White Cranberry Juice.

Skinny Vida (Saint Ann Restaurant and Bar)

Another establishment is proudly donning a signature skinny cocktail. One of Saint Ann's most popular brews is the Skinny Vida. Making up this drink is Herradura Tequila, agave nectar, lime juice and Chambord. The Chambord really aids to the level of sweetness you'll detect when sipping the drink, but can still have peace of mind while enjoying the low calorie cocktail.

By Kimber Westphall, Special Contributor

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