April is National Alcohol Awareness Month and in honor of this, I want to chat about some of the best and worst cocktails for you. When I say best and worst, take this with a grain of salt as I am primarily focusing on cocktails from a caloric standpoint. Meaning, which cocktails have the lowest calories and which have the highest.
Here are Some of the Best or Lowest Calorie Cocktails:
Martini – 176 Calories
Paloma (Sans sugared salt rim) – 166 Calories
Gin and Diet Tonic – 148 Calories
Vodka and Diet Soda – 96 Calories
Champagne (4 oz) – 90 Calories
Kahlua and Coffee – 91 Calories
White Wine Spritzer – 50 Calories
**Important Note – Calories will vary by how many ounces of each drink you are consuming, meaning smaller glass = less calories.
Worst or Highest Calorie Cocktails:
White Russian – 450 Calories – This is made with heavy cream and really packs in the fat and calories!
Pina Colada – 300 Calories – Packed with artificial flavors and sugar
Long Island Iced Tea – 430 Calories
Margarita – 500-700 Calories
Frozen Daiquiri – 500-600 Calories
Rum and Coke (Any mix drink made with regular soda) – 250 Calories
In general, before ordering that cocktail, think about what is in it…Is it packed with artificial flavorings and sugar or is it a basic cocktail that only contains alcohol and a low/no calorie mixer? Normally, the less ingredients your cocktail has the better it will be for you when it comes to calories. Before grabbing that margarita on a hot summer day, ask yourself…would I rather eat 700 calories or drink them?