Calorie Counts for Alcoholic Drinks

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Alcoholic drinks can significantly increase your caloric intake in just one shot or only a few sips. Cocktails and other boozy beverages are typically just as high in calories as high-calorie sodas. So if you avoid the sugary sodas to stick to your diet, why not make better choices when you hit happy hour?

Lowest Calorie Alcoholic Drinks

Vodka Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 jigger 1.5 fl oz (42 g)
Per Serving% Daily Value*
Calories 97 
Calories from Fat 0 
Total Fat 0g0%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g 
Monounsaturated Fat 0g 
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 0mg0%
Potassium 0.42mg0%
Carbohydrates 0g0%
Dietary Fiber 0g0%
Sugars 0g 
Protein 0g 
Vitamin A 0% · Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 0% · Iron 0%
*Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Alcohol provides no nutritional value and no health benefits, so to make the healthiest adult beverage, your best option is to choose the lowest calorie liquor and mix it with soda or water.  For this reason, many savvy dieters choose to drink vodka with soda and either a slice of lemon or lime.

If you like wine, another low-calorie option is a wine spritzer. Simply choose your favorite half glass of wine and add sparkling water. Since a full glass of white wine provides about 100 calories, you should be able to make a satisfying beverage for 75 calories or less.

If you prefer different kinds of drinks, these are calorie counts for alcoholic beverages that you might find in a typical bar. The list includes information for a single serving of that beverage.  Keep in mind that when you order a drink in a restaurant, the drink that you are served is often larger than a single serving.

Drinks with 200 calories or less

  • Beer (12 oz.) A single serving of most beers is under 200 calories, but some beers are better than others. 
  • Rum (2 oz.) and Coke (5 oz.) Make this drink lower in calories by ordering a diet cola.
  • Tom Collins (1.5 oz. gin, mix, and 2 oz. club soda)
  • Hot Buttered Rum (6 oz.) The number of calories in your drink may vary depending on the recipe used to create your drink. This drink can contain near 250 calories
  • Margarita (3 oz.)  Low calorie or "skinny" margaritas often contain the lowest number of calories. 
  • Whiskey sour (2 oz. mix and 1.5 oz. whiskey) 

Drinks with 150 Calories or Less

  • Hard Cider (like Angry Orchard or Crispin)
  • Classic Martini (2 oz. gin and .5 oz. vermouth)  Calorie counts for flavored recipes may contain more calories. 
  • Bloody Mary (6 oz.) This classic cocktail is often served with a variety of garnishes that will add more calories.
  • Brandy (2 oz.) A single shot of brandy only contains 56 calories, so a double will barely top the 100-calorie mark.
  • Most light beers (12 oz.) There are many light beers on the market with less alcohol and fewer calories.
  • Daiquiri cocktail (2 oz.)  This cocktail can make or break your diet. A single serving is only 112 calories, but when is the last time you were served 2 ounces of daiquiri in a bar?

Drinks with 100 Calories or Less

  • Red or rose wine (4 oz.)
  • White wine (4 oz.)
  • Sangria (4 oz.)
  • Champagne (5 oz.)
  • Gin (1.5 oz.)
  • Rum, including Malibu Coconut Run (1.5 oz.)
  • Vodka (1.5 oz.)
  • Whisky (1.5 oz.)

Highest Calorie Alcoholic Drinks

If you decide to celebrate a special occasion or relax with a cocktail, it's always good to check the calorie count of your cocktail before you belly up to the bar.   Many mixed drinks and especially blender drinks have calorie counts that are sky high. And many provide excessive sugar as well.

As you might imagine, any drink made with ice cream or sweetened syrups will be high in calories. The Pina Colada, Grasshopper, Mudslide and Margarita are usually on this list.  And drinks that are very high in alcohol will also be higher in calories. A Long Island Iced Tea can have up to 500 calories or more. And Four Loko premium malt beverage is reported to have 660 calories.

How Alcohol Calories Affect Your Diet

It's not just the cocktail calories that add up when you drink. When we drink, we often eat more as well. And a hangover is likely to derail your workout routine. For this reason, many smart dieters cut back on booze or eliminate alcohol altogether until they hit their goal weight. In fact, several weight loss programs recommend that you don't drink at all while dieting

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