Cocktail Guide: Which Drinks Have The Fewest Calories?
The average American drinks nine alcoholic beverages a week. While we love a good dinner party, that number is too high when you’re focusing on losing or maintaining your weight. Whether you fall closer to the average or only have a glass of wine (or two) throughout the week, it’s good to know the cocktails with the fewest calories and the appropriate size for your beverage of choice.
What Is A Standard Drink?
The standard alcohol beverage size may surprise you. When you dine out, opting for the “tall” draft beer or getting a heavy-handed bar tender may mean you’re drinking more than you think. Here are the standard drink sizes:
- 12 ounces of regular beer, which is usually about 5% alcohol
- 5 ounces of wine, which is typically about 12% alcohol
- 5 ounces of distilled spirits, which is about 40% alcohol
So how do you keep your cocktails in moderation without depriving yourself? Check out our list of cocktails with the fewest calories.
Cocktail Calorie Guide
- Champagne: 95 calories
Champagne is a good cocktail choice not only for the lower calorie count, but it’s typically served in smaller portions, so you’ll sip less throughout the night.
- Rum and Diet: 96 calories
The sweet taste of diet soda and rum won’t leave you feeling like you’re missing out on happy hour.
- Vodka and Soda: 100 calories
The classic cocktail may not be an adventurous choice, but you can punch it up with a wedge of lemon or lime.
- Sazerac: 136 calories
For the whiskey drinking trying to stay fit, the addition of bitters, absinth, sugar, and water gives a great taste without packing in the calories.
- Gin and Tonic: 148 calories
Opt for a top-shelf Gin and toss in a lime wheel to complete this iconic drink.
- Old Fashioned: 154 calories
This cocktail combines bourbon with a splash of bitters to give it a slightly sweet taste.
- Kir royale: 165 calories
Give your glass of champagne an upgrade by adding creme de cassis (a sweet, dark red liqueur) and topping with a raspberry.
No need to deprive yourself at the next work event. Go with one of these cocktails to keep yourself on track.