Cocktails: Calories & Nutrition Facts


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The nutritional value of cocktails varies greatly depending on the ingredients used – some cocktails are very low in calories while others can be very high. Refer to the calorie counter for your favorite cocktails to determine their nutritional value.

Nutritional Value of Cocktails

The nutritional value of cocktails varies greatly depending on the ingredients used. For example, a martini containing several types of liquor may not provide any vitamins or minerals while a mixed drink made with fruit juice could contain vitamin C, calcium, and other nutrients. For the most part, liquor is low in carbohydrate, fat, and protein content so the nutritional value for cocktails largely depends on the mixer you choose.

Calorie Content

The calorie content of cocktails varies greatly from one type to another but, for the most part, they are higher in calories than beer, wine, and hard liquor alone. According to the USDA, a 1.5 ounce shot of hard liquor (like rum, vodka, or gin) contains just under 100 calories while the average mixed drink can range from 250 to over 800. Choosing seltzer or diet soda as a mixer instead of juice or another beverage can help keep the calorie count down. Refer to the calorie calculator to determine the number of calories in your favorite cocktails.
Because certain cocktails can be high in calories and carbs, you need to be careful what and how much you drink. As you will learn, however, drinking cocktails in moderation can provide certain health benefits.

Promotes Relaxation

Many people like to end a long day with a cocktail or two at happy hour, and for good reason. Cocktails made with spirits like vodka and rum have been shown to provide relaxation benefits. The stress-relieving benefits of cocktails are even greater than those of red wine and other alcoholic beverages – it also promotes restful sleep.

Improved Cardiovascular Health

While the overconsumption of alcohol in the form of cocktails is not good for you, the results of a recent study published in Circulation magazine suggest that there is a link between moderate alcohol consumption and heart health. While many studies have proven that drinking red wine in moderation can reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease, this new study shows that the same benefits may be received by drinking cocktails made with vodka in moderation. Drinking vodka helps to develop new pathways for oxygen to reach your organs and reduces your risk for hardened arteries.