The Calorie Count of All Your Favorite Cocktails
How Many Calories Are In Your Drink?
When you're toasting your best friend's promotion with a glass of wine or celebrating the end of the week with margaritas, the calories in your favorite drink are probably the last thing on your mind—and you're not alone. Eighty percent of adults have no clue about the nutritional information in alocholic beverages, says a new study published in the journal BMJ. Considering that 10 percent of drinkers' daily calories come from alcohol, this can be a huge diet buster (especially when you consider the high sugar and salt levels of most adult beverages). Yet chances are, even if you went looking for this information, you wouldn't find it, since booze doesn't requite nutrition labels the way edibles and even non-alcoholic drinks do. This is why many experts are calling for mandatory nutrition labels on all drinks containing more than 1.5 percent alcohol. Until then, we've got the nutrition facts for some of the most popular drinks. Check out how sinister your favorite swigs are.
One of the most diet friendly ways to imbibe, white wine has 120 calories, 0 grams carbs, 0 grams protein, and 0 grams fat.
In one serving of red wine (roughly five ounces), there are 102 calories, 5 grams carbs, 0 grams fat, and 0 grams protein. (Is This the Healthiest Wine in the World?)
One glass of moscato contains 160 calories, 20 grams carbs (17 grams sugar), 0 grams protein, and 0 grams fat.
One Coors Lite contains 102 calories, 5 grams carbs, 0 fat, 0 protein (which is why it's one of our 20 Bikini-Friendly Beers!).
India Pale Ale Beer
One 12 oz bottle of Sierra Nevada IPA beer contains 175 calories, 14.1 grams carbs, 1.6 grams protein, and 0 grams fat.
A bottle of Yuengling lager contains 128 calories, 10 grams carbs, and 1.4 grams protein.
A bottle of Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat beer contains 165 calories, 16 grams carbs, and 2 grams protein.
A pint of Guinness beer contains 170 calories, 6 grams carbs, 0 grams protein, and 0 grams fat.
One bottle of Angry Orchard hard cider contains 210 calories, 30 grams carbs (24 grams sugar), 0 grams protein, and 0 grams fat. That sugar count is pretty high, but it's all thanks to the natural sugars in apples. Be sure to look for a brand that doesn't add any artificial sweeteners.
One martini-glass-sized Cosmo (about a 1/2 cup) contains 100 calories, 23.9 grams carbs (with 22 g sugar!), 0.5 grams protein, and 0 grams fat. Triple sec—a syrup made from pure sugar—and the cranberry juice are responsible both for that delicious flavor as well as the high sugar count. (Real Women Share Their Daily Sugar Intake and Healthy Eating Habits.)
One serving of a classic mojito contains 242 calories, 40 grams carbs (37 grams sugar), 0 grams protein, and 0 grams fat. Trade out the unhealthy, simple syrup base and try our English Mojito Cocktail.
One martini contains 70 calories, 17 grams carbs (17 grams sugar), 0 grams protein, 0 grams fat. This one tops the low-cal list thanks to being just vermouth and gin with no extra mixes, flavorings, or extras. (Although you can double that if you eat the olive garnish!)
A 12 oz regular margarita, made with a mixer, on the rocks contains 174 calories, 19 grams carbs (17 grams sugar), 0 grams protein, 0 grams fat.
Bourbon Old Fashioned
An four-ounce bourbon Old Fashioned contains 100 calories, 0 grams carbs (15 grams sugar), 0 grams protein, 0 grams fat. (Careful: 5 Hidden Dangers of Mixed Drinks.)
Long Island Iced Tea
One 15-ounce serving contains a whopping 454 calories, 62 grams carbs (61 grams sugar), 0 grams protein, and 0 grams fat. If those calories surprise you based on how healthy you know tea to be, consider this: All the vodka, gin, rum, and tequila add up empty calories, but the triple sec and cola drown this drink in a sugary syrup. And there's not even any real tea! Instead, try our Tokyo Tea recipe in Best Low-Calorie Cocktails for Summer.
One eight-ounce pina colada contains 300 calories, 50 grams carbs (43 grams sugar), 0 grams protein, and 0 grams fat. The pineapple-coconut mixer that gives it that characteristic beach flavor is also what racks up the calorie count. By making your own with light pineapple juice and real coconut cream, you can cut this number in half (and it tastes better!). (Try the Skinny Colada in our 8 Skinny Summer Cocktails Under 200 Calories.)
A six-ounce Moscow Mule contains 120 calories, 15 grams carbs (13 grams sugar), 0 grams protein, and 0 grams fat.
One 1.5-ounce vodka cranberry contains just 95 calories, 2 grams carbs (0 from sugar), and 0 grams protein.
Gin and Tonic
One six-ounce gin and tonic contains 143 calories, 14 grams carbs (13 grams sugar), 0 grams protein, and 0 grams fat. Want to slash that sugar count? Opt for a gin and soda water—tonic has as much sugar as a soda!