It’s that time again, when we raise a glass in celebration of all that we accomplished this year, and all that lies ahead. But do you know exactly what’s in that party cup? While no cocktail is necessarily “healthy,” it’s no secret that some alcoholic beverages can pack significantly more calories than others. And when you add in sugary mixers, there’s no telling how much progress you’re undoing by night’s end. So how do you spot the calorie bombs from the slightly-less-sinful mixed drinks? Is clear really better? (Gin & Tonics, we’re onto you!) And what about those Dude-approved White Russians? See how your favorite vinos, cocktails and shots stack up in the calorie comparison below. Plus, get tips on how to tweak your order to shave off excess cals and unwanted additives. Once you’ve picked your poison, always remember to sip responsibly!
How Many Calories Are in My Cocktail? Alcohol by the Numbers
Sip or Skip? The Calorie Count Verdict
How does your favorite cocktail rank in the cheat sheet above? Are any of the counts sobering enough to make you re-think your order?
Tell us how you’re putting a healthier spin on your nights out, from choosing club soda over tonic to saying no to prepackaged mixers. Raising a glass doesn’t have to be sinful, but planning it right might take a little foresight. If you need a few good ideas, check out these 10 Tips for Lower-Calorie Cocktails. And if you’ve found you over-indulged a bit too much come morning, take a peek at these 5 Hangover Cures to Save You After a Few Too Many.
Originally posted on September 26, 2013. Updated December 2014.