The Carbohydrates and Caloric Rate of Your Favorite Alcoholic Beverages

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Generally, alcoholic beverages are high in calories. Beer is the worst offender of all. It has high calories and carbohydrates. But let’s face it, some of us love ending the day with a round of drinks with friends. And it’s easy to lose track of how much you drink when you’re having fun. In today’s post, we are listing down the caloric and carbohydrates content of your favorite drink. We will also give our recommendations on the best drinks to get if you’re watching your weight:

High-Calorie Alcoholic Drinks

The general rule of thumb is that alcoholic beverages that were fermented or are mixed with other ingredients tend to yield higher calories. That’s why most types of beers and cocktails contain more calories than hard drinks.


A pint or 568 ml. of Guinness contains 210 calories and 18.2 carbohydrates. It’s one of the most fattening beers around.

Carlsberg Export Lager

This popular beer contains 189 calories and 43 calories per bottle serving, which is a lot.

Heineken Lager

A bottle (250 ml.) of Heineken yields 110 calories and 8.5 carbohydrates.

Becks Lager

Just a can of Becks lager contains 113 calories and around 8.3 of carbohydrates.

Bailey’s Irish Cream

Because Baileys combine chocolate and cream, it’s more calorific than other drinks. Just a 37 ml. serving of Baileys, or an average pub shot, contains 130 calories and 7.4 carbohydrates.

Low-Calorie Alcoholic Drinks


Surprisingly, everyone’s favorite bubbly is low in calories. It contains 89 calories and 1.6 carbohydrates per 120 ml serving.

Bacardi and Diet Coke

This is an excellent drink for people who are watching their weight. A single serving or 275 ml. of Bacardi and diet coke yields 52 calories and 2.8 carbohydrates.

Dry Sherry

A 50 ml. serving of dry sherry yields 58 calories and 0.7 carbohydrates.


The calories in a pub shot of brandy (35 ml.) yields around 75 calories and zero carbohydrates.


Gin contains 72 calories and zero cabrbs. It’s low calorie when on its own but gin is rarely ever drank alone. It’s usually mixed with fruit flavors and other alcohol. These additions increase gin’s caloric and carbohydrate content.

Dry White Wine

Dry white wine contains 77 calories and about 0.7 carbohydrates.

Jack Daniels

Jack Daniels contains 78 calories and zero calories per 1 pub shot. That’s around 35 ml.


Port contains a modest calorie content of 79 and carbohydrates of 6.

Scotch Whiskey

A pub shot of scotch whiskey yields 78 calories and zero carbohydrates.

Red Wine

Red wine contains 85 calories and 3.1 carbohydrates per 125 ml. serving.


Whiskey contains 72 calories per 35 ml. serving and zero carbohydrates.


Just like whiskey, vodka contains 72 calories and zero carbohydrates.

Sparkling Wine

This type of alcoholic beverage is low in calories. A 120 ml. serving of sparkling wine yields 87 calories and 6 carbohydrates.

Alcoholic Beverages for Weight Watchers

If you’re watching your weight, it’s best to stick to hard liquors. You can also get cocktails but make sure the ingredients are three or less.

Gin and tonic, Vodka and sprite, and Watermelon martinis are low-calorie cocktails. The same thing goes for tequila with lime juice and appletini. Margarita on the rocks could be low calorie if agave nectar and wasabi powder are used instead of Cointreau. Mojitos are great low-calorie options too but use Splenda syrup instead of simple syrup.

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