Liquor & Cocktails: Calories

Liquor and cocktails tend to be higher in calories, as they are high in carbs and alcohol content, and provide the body with no nutritional value. Since cocktails often include other soft drinks, syrups and sugars, their calories can add up quickly. Check out our Liquor and Cocktails Chart below for more nutritional information.


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Drink Types and Recommended Intake

Alcohol itself is made from some type of plant material. For example, sake is made from rice, beer is made from barley, and blue agave is used for tequila. The plant itself is processed in various ways, usually with yeast and, depending on the product, additives such as hops or berries will be included for depth. With so many creative and innovative ways to enhance and put a twist on some classic cocktails, it is a booming industry.

Nutritionally, alcohol does little to benefit the body and can have negative effects on your liver, heart and digestive system. It can also dehydrate you and can be quite high in calories.

So, what are some ways you can occasionally enjoy these beverages in a healthier way? Portion sizes and moderation are key. Dietary guidelines recommend no more than 2 alcoholic beverages a day for men and 1 alcohol beverage a day for women. This can help protect your liver and heart from the damaging effects of alcohol. It can also be helpful to include tonic water, natural fruit juices or soda water as a base for your drinks to reduce their alcoholic content. Clearer alcohols, such as vodka, gin or tequila, also tend to have fewer calories than darker ones.

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