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I have Mrscummings to thank for this blog post. She invited me to do a guest blog post

As I wrote a while back, I’m not a fan of skinny cocktails. Mostly, because I feel like many people don’t respect the ingredients. Why should we change a great drink and sacrifice flavor, if we can start with a new list of ingredients and come up with a new list of great cocktails? Or realize that our current drinks are just fine.


Liquor is liquor is liquor. If you have 80 proof vodka, gin, rum, tequila, whiskey, or brandy, 1 ounce is 64 calories (according to Webmd’s calorie counter.) So the difference between these liquors in terms of calories is nothing. So for those of you who have been drinking Vodka-Diet Soda, please stop, unless you love it. It’s no fewer calories than rum and diet, or vodka and club soda, to name a few. American Honey Whiskey is the only liquor that I have seen that has fewer calories. According to Daily Burn, American Honey has 60 calories in 50 mL (or approximately 1.7 oz.) The proof is slightly lower. Instead of 80 proof, it’s 71 proof.


Now, this is where the calories happen. This is really sad for me because I love liqueurs.

Most Fruit Liqueurs: Triple Sec, Apple Liqueurs, Limoncello, etc, according to Drinkmixer.com have 103 calories per ounce. Now I have seen some differing information on the liqueurs on the web, but let’s err with the higher calorie count. So for those of you who want to say Good-bye pounds and you’re looking to cut calories when drinking, you might want to say good-bye Liqueurs! At least for a while.

Beer vs. Wine vs. Liquor

I know I got a depressed and started to feel like a fat ass after reading the stats on liqueurs.

Now it is time to feel better:

According to Beer100.com, almost all beers range between 150 and 250 calories for 12 ounces of beer. So a 12 oz can of beer is usually 54 or more calories consumed for the same alcohol content. A 5 oz glass of wine generally ranges between 120 to 140 calories for a 5-ounce glass of wine which is the alcohol equivalent of 12 ounces of beer or 1.5 ounces of liquor. Wine is slightly more calories per glass than liquor when looking at alcohol by volume.

Just FYI: These are all standard servings of beer, wine, and liquor.

So Now What?

So, now we know that it doesn’t matter what liquors we use. We need to watch our mixers.

Great mixers to look for: Club Soda and Diet Soda. These both have 0 calories. Tonic Water has calories (who knew?,) but Diet Tonic Exists as well.

Freshly Squeezed Juices (which you should have been using anyway.) 1 ounce of Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice: 8 calories. 1 oz Fresh Squeezed Lemon  Juice: 8 oz.

1 oz Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice: 13 Calories.

Herbs are great as well: Basil o calories. Mint 1 tsp: 5 calories.

If you need to sweeten things up: Simple Syrup: 48 calories for a 1 oz Serving (and it’s rare that you’ll use more than 1/2 oz of simple syrup for a drink.)

This is some general advice for those of you who are calorie counting. I will be doing a guest blog for the post for Mrscummings soon (I’ll post here letting you know) with specific drink recipes under 200 calories (although I’m trying to get them under 150.)

Comment below or email me if you have any questions. I always love to know what you think.

As always, happy and safe drinking.