Low-Calorie Alcoholic Beverages

Updated on April 4, 2018
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I am 27 years old. With the start of the new year, I have committed myself to saving money, losing weight, and volunteering regularly.

Is Alcohol Killing Your Diet?

There's no question that drinking alcohol can get in the way of your weight loss. The standard 1.5 ounce serving of 80-proof alcohol has 96 calories. This is even before you add any mixers and most of us aren't just drinking straight liquor. The juices, syrups, and sodas that we mix in are what really adds the calories. Unless you are having just one drink at dinner, chances are you're having multiple drinks if you're out on the town with friends. The most popular mixed drinks are well over 200 calories for a standard size, so you can imagine just how fast it can all add up.

Highest Calorie Alcoholic Drinks

Long Island Iced Tea
I was sad that this drink made the list because it is something I drink pretty regularly and when I do, it's more than one! The main ingredients of this drink are:

  • Rum
  • Gin
  • Triple Sec
  • Sweet and Sour Mix
  • Coke

For a 10 oz. LIIT, you're looking at about 550 calories! If you're on a 1200 calorie diet, just two of these would be about as many calories as you need for the whole day!

Who doesn't love a great margarita? Whether you're celebrating Cinco de Mayo or you're just out at your favorite Mexican restaurant, margaritas are a crowd favorite. However, once you know the calories, you might just rethink it next time you order. The main ingredients are:

  • Tequila
  • Margarita/sour mix
  • Triple Sec
  • Lime Juice
  • Sugar

An 8 oz. standard margarita, will set you back about 455 calories.

Pina Colada
If you are a fan of fruity drinks, you might have had a Pina Colada or two in your day. While typically you can hardly taste the alcohol, there's plenty of it in it and it's definitely high in calories. Some of the main ingredients are:

  • Rum
  • Coconut Creme
  • Pineapple Juice

In just a 4 oz. Pina Colada, you're looking at about 245 calories. Yikes!

Whiskey Sour
If you are more into dark liquor than a Whiskey Sour might be a favorite of yours. The ingredients are:

  • Bourbon
  • Lemon Juice
  • Sugar Syrup
  • Angostura Bitters
  • Egg White
  • Lemon

For a 6 oz. drink, it will cost you about 282 calories.

Lowest Calorie Alcoholic Beverages

Champagne is one of the lowest calorie alcoholic drinks. One standard flute (about 4 oz.) has way fewer calories than a glass of wine or any mixed drink. You could enjoy a glass of champagne and it would only be about 90 calories!

Vodka & Soda
Enjoy a drink while sticking to your diet goals. The ingredients in a Vodka & Soda are:

  • Vodka
  • Soda Water
  • Lime for taste

Since soda water has zero calories, all your calories come from the Vodka. For a 12 oz glass, it would only be about 80 calories!

Moscow Mule
If you're looking for something with a little more flavor, try the Moscow Mule. It is made with:

  • Vodka
  • Ginger Beer
  • Lime Juice

A 5 oz. glass will add up to about 160 calories.

Scotch on the rocks
If you don't mind drinking liquor straight, a Scotch on the rocks is the way to go. An ounce of Scotch is only about 70 calories. Drinking it without a mixer is a good way to have a drink but not completely mess up your diet.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2018 Sarah Spradlin


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      Frank Atanacio 

      2 years ago from Shelton

      thank you for the useful share.. think I;ll try them..:)


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