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Cocktails and Calories: It’s Time to Weigh Your Poison

You sure about that Martini? 

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You have heard this before: alcohol is just empty calories – meaning, you get no nutrition, no vitamins, no minerals, no gut helping roughage from them. So they are bad enough for us. But there is something that’s worse actually – cocktails. Yes, those pretty pretty drinks inflict even bigger damage, as many of them are loaded with sugar, fruit syrups, fruit juice, sugarcoated berries, myriad other concoctions, and often and even ice cream. Yes! Transcending the calories and fat right into the stratosphere.

So the idea should be to know the good and the bad (calorie wise) about cocktails and then make a judicious choice.

Yes, pick your umbrella glass carefully!

Here’s What NOT to Drink

Mudslide

You sure about that Martini? 
This is actually more of a dessert (or a milkshake) but with lots of alcohol. (Photo: iStock)

This is actually more of a dessert (or a milkshake) but with lots of alcohol: Kahlua coffee liqueur, Bailey’s Irish cream and ice cream (and chocolate syrup drizzled on top). Whoa!

Calorie Meter: Between 600-850 calories

Long Island Iced Tea

You sure about that Martini? 
A glass full of alcohol. (Photo: iStock)

Made usually with the three or five different kinds of alcohol – vodka, tequila, rum, gin and triple sec, sugar and cola, there is no actual tea in this. Absolutely none!

Calorie Meter: 800 calories per glass

Margarita

You sure about that Martini? 
A lethal combination. (Photo: iStock)

This lethal combination of tequila, sweetened premix and triple sec is quite a favourite, but they are truly a nutritional nightmare.

Calorie Meter: Over 700 calories

Grasshopper Martini

You sure about that Martini? 
Shaken or stirred! (Photo: iStock)

This white-chocolate flavoured thin mint blended with vodka sounds super good to you but comes with a rather hefty calorie count.

Calorie Meter: 500 calories plus

Pina Colada

You sure about that Martini? 
A delicious drink and difficult to resist. (Photo: iStock)

A delicious drink made from rum, coconut cream, pineapple juice, brown sugar… Difficult to resist, I know, but maybe leave this for the day you really, really want a splurge!

Calorie Meter: 650 calories

White Russian

You sure about that Martini? 
Anyone for coffee? (Photo: iStock)

Vodka, coffee liquer, heavy cream.

Calorie Meter: 425 calories

Mai Tai

You sure about that Martini? 
Rum mein hai dum! (Photo: iStock)

A potent mix of two kinds of rum (light and dark), crème de almond, triple sec, pineapple juice, sweetened premix or sugar.

Calorie Meter: About 350 calories per glass

What To Drink

With drinks, the calories add up really fast. So learn to mix carefully and smartly. There are two basic rules to make them healthier: use fresh ingredients instead of an overkill of sugar and artificial flavours. Try to max the antioxidants, vitamins, and fibre. For example, throwing a half-cup of pineapple chunks into a piña colada gives you twice as much filling fibre than if you used syrup or juice. It also adds volume, texture, and a more natural flavour.

Wine Spritzer

You sure about that Martini? 
Recommendation No.1. (Photo: iStock)

This is my recommendation No. 1. Three ounces of club soda and 3 ounces of wine and you are sorted (and the smartest in the room).

Calorie Meter: 60 calories

Light Caipirinha/Caipirojka

You sure about that Martini? 
Freshen up! (Photo: iStock)

Wash a lime, cut it in 8 cubes, and put it in a shaker. Add 2 teaspoons of jaggery and 30ml of Brazilian Cachaca/vodka. Crush the lime until all the lime juice is pressed out. Fill with ice cubes. Shake it all up and top with soda.

Calorie Meter: 100-odd calories

Sour-Apple

You sure about that Martini? 
What-a-treat! (Photo: iStock)

This is a treat! Made with 15ml lime juice, 1 teaspoon sugar and 45ml green apple vodka.

Calorie Meter: Less than 140 calories

Bellini

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Cheers! (Photo: iStock)

Spoon peach puree to the bottom of a champagne flute and fill to the top with champagne. Cheers!

Calorie Meter: 120 calories

Sangria

You sure about that Martini? 
Happy drink! (Photo: iStock)

Fresh fruit, club soda and wine – such a delightful drink.

Calorie Meter: 80 calories

Tequila Shot

You sure about that Martini? 
Still want to go for it? (Photo: iStock)

Calorie Meter: About 100 calories per shot!

Bloody Mary

You sure about that Martini? 
Those who need to watch their salt intake should be careful though. (Photo: iStock)

A standard BM would take you back by 120 calories but look at it this way, it will fill you up on antioxidants. (Those who need to watch their salt intake should be careful though.)

Calorie Meter: 120 calories

Mojito

You sure about that Martini? 
A good pick mostly. (Photo: iStock)

A good pick mostly. Made with rum, club soda, limejuice, sugar, and a few fresh mint sprigs; if you can keep sugar down then this one is a calorie conscious guy’s first choice.

Calorie Meter: 140 calories

Mimosa

You sure about that Martini? 
This is a vitamin C loaded option. (Photo: iStock)

One part fresh orange juice and one part champagne. This is a vitamin C loaded option.

Calorie Meter: 130 calories

Cosmopolitan

You sure about that Martini? 
This is one classy cocktail where you can control the damage. (Photo: iStock)

This is one classy cocktail where you can control the damage. When made with 1.5 oz vodka it is affirmatively not to be missed at 150 calories. But be careful, as they can vary in size and alcohol content.

Calorie Meter: Around 150 to 200 calories

Finally, the best option according to me:

Gin and tonics. Well, they do have a slightly bitter taste, but it’s nothing a wedge of lime can’t cure. And yes, you can add the prettiest umbrella to the glass.

(All calorie counts are approximate and may vary)

(Kavita Devgan is a weight management consultant, nutritionist, health columnist and author ofDon’t Diet! 50 Habits of Thin People.)

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