Calories in Alcohol

Karen Frazier
Men Drinking

While it may be a normal part of your social life, the calories in alcohol can wreak havoc on your waistline. You may not realize it, but your happy hour drinks may add up to an entire meal or more.

Calories by Ounces

Pure alcohol has seven calories per gram. When added to mixers or in wine, beer, and other drinks, the calorie content varies greatly. The chart below offers the calorie counts for several different types of alcoholic beverages. For wines and beers, the calorie counts are averages but will vary a little by brand and type.

Beverage Proof Portion Size Calories
Red wine 6 ounces 150

White wine

6 ounces 144
Blush wine 6 ounces 204
Champagne/Sparkling wine 6 ounces 129
Dessert wine 3 ounces 136
Sherry 3 ounces 100
Port 3 ounces 134
Vermouth 1 shot (1.5 ounces) 55
Sake 3 ounces 43
Beer (lager) 12 ounces 154
Beer (ale) 12 ounces 100
Beer (stout) 12 ounces 170
Beer (porter) 12 ounces 200
Beer (lite) 12 ounces 80 to 100
Hard cider 12 ounces 135
Absinthe 1 shot 154
Gin, Rum, Vodka, Whiskey 80 1 shot 100
Gin, Rum, Vodka, Whiskey 90 1 shot 110
Gin, Rum, Vodka, Whiskey 100 1 shot 124
Tequila 1 shot 96
Brandy 1 shot 95

Calories in Mixed Drinks

Mixed drinks can vary wildly in calories, depending on the types of mixers used and individual recipes. The following lists mixed drinks and the calories in a classic preparation.

Drink Preparation Calories
Boilermaker
  • 10 ounces beer
  • Shot of 80 proof whiskey
228
Brandy Alexander
  • 1 shot brandy
  • 1 ounce creme de cacao
  • 1 ounce half and half
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
235
Singapore Sling
  • 1 ounce 80 proof gin
  • 1/2 ounce cherry brandy
  • 4 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice
  • 1/4 ounce orange liqueur
  • 1/4 ounce benedictine
  • 1/3 ounce grenadine
  • Dash bitters
205
Mimosa
  • 2 ounces orange juice
  • 6 ounces Champagne
158
Gimlet
  • 1.5 ounces 80 proof gin
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • Twist of lime
106
Gin Fizz
  • 2 ounces 80 proof gin
  • Juice of 12 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon powdered sugar
  • Carbonated water
150
Gin and Tonic
  • 2 ounces 80 proof gin
  • 5 ounces tonic water
  • Lime wedge
190
Long Island Iced Tea
  • 1.5 ounces 80 proof vodka
  • 1.5 ounces tequila
  • 1.5 ounces 80 proof rum
  • 1.5 ounces 80 proof gin
  • 1.5 ounces triple sec
  • 2.25 ounces sweet and sour mix
  • splash of cola
490
Martini
  • 1.5 ounces 80 proof vodka or gin
  • .25 ounces vermouth
  • Twist of lemon
108
Tom Collins
  • 2 ounces 80 proof gin
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon superfine sugar
  • 3 ounces club soda
  • 1 maraschino cherry
  • 1 slice orange
170
Cuba Libre
  • 2 ounces 80 proof rum
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 6 ounces cola
235
Daiquiri
  • 1.5 ounces 80 proof rum
  • .5 ounces triple sec
  • 1.5 ounces lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup crushed ice
145
Mai Tai
  • 1 ounce 80 proof rum
  • 1/2 ounce amaretto
  • 1/2 ounce triple sec
  • 3 ounces sweet and sour mix
  • 3 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1/2 ounce dark rum
225
Mojito
  • 1.5 ounces 80 proof rum
  • 15 mint leaves
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • .5 ounces lime juice
  • 2 ounces club soda
120
Pina Colada
  • 3 ounces 80 proof rum
  • 3 tablespoons coconut cream
  • 3 tablespoons crushed pineapple
265
Margarita
  • 1.5 ounces tequila
  • 1.5 ounces triple sec
  • 1 ounce lime juice
159
Tequila Sunrise
  • 3 ounces tequila
  • 6 ounces orange juice
  • Splash of grenadine
300
Tequila and Tonic
  • 2.5 ounces tequila
  • 8 ounces tonic water
  • Lime wedge
250
Black Russian
  • 1.5 ounces 80 proof vodka
  • .75 ounces coffee liqueur
185
Bloody Mary
  • 1 ounces 80 proof vodka
  • 3 ounces tomato juice
  • Dash red hot sauce
  • Dash green hot sauce
  • Dash Worcestershire sauce
  • 0.5 ounces lemon juice
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch peppers
  • 1 stalk celery
95
Chi Chi
  • 2 ounces 80 proof vodka
  • 5 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1.5 ounces coconut cream
  • 1 cup crushed ice
365
Vodka Gimlet
  • 1.5 ounces 80 proof vodka
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon powdered sugar
115
Kamikaze
  • 1.5 ounces 80 proof vodka
  • .25 ounces triple sec
  • .25 ounces lime juice
115
Lemon Drop
  • 1.5 ounces vodka
  • 1.5 ounces lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
155
Mudslide
  • 1.5 ounces Irish cream
  • .5 ounces coffee liqueur
140
Screwdriver
  • 1.5 ounces 80 proof vodka
  • 6 ounces orange juice
184
Sea Breeze
  • 1.5 ounces 80 proof vodka
  • 1.5 ounces cranberry juice
  • 4 ounces grapefruit juice
160
White Russian
  • 2 ounces 80 proof vodka
  • 1 ounce coffee liqueur
  • 1 ounce cream
289
Irish Coffee
  • 1.5 ounces Irish whiskey
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 6 ounces coffee
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
140
Jack and Coke
  • 2 ounces Tennessee whiskey
  • 10 ounces cola
254
Old Fashioned
  • 2 ounces bourbon whiskey
  • 2 dashes bitters
  • 1 splash water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 maraschino cherry
  • 1 orange wedge
163
Rob Roy
  • 1.5 ounces Scotch
  • .75 ounces sweet vermouth
130
Seven and Seven
  • 1.5 ounces Canadian whiskey
  • 6 ounces lemon-lime soda
175
Whiskey Sour
  • 2 ounces whiskey
  • Juice of 1/2 lemons
  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered sugar
  • 1 cherry
  • 1/2 slice lemon
163
Bellini
  • 1 medium peach
  • 6 ounces Champagne
170
Kir Royale
  • 1 ounce creme de cassis
  • 5 ounces Champagne
185
Cosmopolitan
  • 1.5 ounces 80 proof vodka
  • .25 ounces triple sec
  • 1 ounce cranberry juice
  • Twist of lemon
125

Life in Moderation

They say that everything should be taken in moderation. Even gaining awareness that the alcoholic beverages you enjoy as part of your Saturday night festivities are hindering your diet counts for a lot. Knowing how much of an impact they have on your waistline, you can plan accordingly when you know you're going to be in a social setting where alcohol is consumed.

Calories in Alcohol