Which Alcohol Has The Least Amount Of Calories – Summer Edition!

Nutrition // Isabella Dugan

Reviewed by: Erica An, APD, BNutr&Diet

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with enjoying a drink or two – and especially in the summertime, amongst the festivities, barbeques and glorious sunshine! But, if you’re embarking on your weight loss journey, just like food, it pays to know what you’re up against when it comes to calories in alcohol.


Here’s a breakdown of calories in some classic summertime drinks

1 glass of champagne: 95 calories

1 glass of chardonnay: 123 calories

1 Aperol spritz: 125 calories

1 schooner apple cider: 148 calories

1 schooner full-strength beer: 175 calories

1 classic mojito: 182 calories

1 gin and tonic: 202 calories

1 scotch and dry: 204 calories

1 margarita: 208 calories

1 glass of frozé: 223 calories

1 glass of sangria: 260 calories


Did any of these surprise you?

Keep in mind that making a few of these at home (as opposed to purchasing prepared mixes, or purchasing from a restaurant or bar) means you’ll be able to replace a few of the calorie-loaded ingredients, like fruit juices, soft drinks or sugar syrups.

Which is the best alcohol to prevent hangovers?

Short answer… the one with the least amount of sugar and alcohol! Especially if you are dining out, it’s good to keep an eye on what you’re paying for, because there is a difference between standard drink and standard serve!

One last tip

Do not eat less to compensate for the calories in alcohol!

Instead, make sure you head into your event with a game plan for how much food and alcohol you want to consume. Then stick to it. Simple!

Eating before will also help prevent the calorie explosion that can result from a late-night snack binge, or a stop at Macca’s on the way home.

And alongside eating before you go out, our top tips are to sip your drink, top it up with soda water (sugar-free and calorie-free!) and alternate every alcohol beverage with something non-alcoholic. It’ll help you stay hydrated and will go a long way towards helping you avoid a nasty hangover!


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