Who doesn’t enjoy a sip of good cocktail especially during summertime at the beach? Mixed drinks make wonderful cooling beverage whether outdoors or hanging out at your favorite bar with friends. However, you may be in for some surprise after learning from this article that there are cocktails having high calories and could possibly ruin your figure. You better be aware what these mixed drinks are so you’d be more cautious in choosing your cocktail drinks.
A tall glass of this cocktail drink (about 3.5 ounce) contains a minimum of 300 calories and about 35 grams of sugar intake, plus rum to go with the mixers. Its high calorie sugar content and artificial flavors are sure to spike up your sugar and calories in the body. You may have consumer calories with this drink than having a Big Mac.
Long Island Iced Tea
Some people tend to associate the notion of a cold tea drink with low calories, but the truth is quite the opposite. The Long Island Iced Tea drink, for example, can carry more than 430 calories for a 9-ounce serving. This mixed drink is calorie bomb with a mixture of various liquors: gin, tequila, triple sec. Having too much of this cocktail drink is sure to give you a headache the next day. You would rather just down a shot or two of Absolut or 1800 Tequila or Baileys Irish Cream to enjoy a good night.
The refreshing taste of sangria with its fruity taste can have you wanting for more, but did you know that all those artificial sweeteners build up your calorie intake? Although red and white wine has its health benefits, sangria being a cocktail drink is mixed with artificial fruit juices, syrup and table sugar, thus making this drink highly caloric. If you want to skip the calories, go for plain red or white wine instead.
A cocktail drink that is prepared with more mixers is also packed with more calories and frozen margarita is one good example for that. Usually a ladies drink, this cocktail has hefty 500 to 700 calorie content for a serving of just one glass. But you can’t be good with one glass of frozen margarita, right? So, imagine the number of calories you take in for the number of glasses you can finish in one night.
Here’s another refreshing summer drink with its sweet, fruity taste but another calorie bomb. The way this cocktail is prepared is with an ounce of alcohol mixed with artificial syrup and about 4 ounces of fruit syrup. The more famous strawberry daiquiri ranges from 500 to 600 calorie content for one large glass serving. Would you still consider another glass after having learned of the possibility of adding pounds on your body?
If you think a glass of martini is a healthy drink, you might be wrong. Flavored martinis can be deceiving with its clear look, but it varies in the mixer. A chocolate martini carries about 450 calories as it contains chocolate sweeteners mixed with vodka, making it so delicious it’s like tasting liquid dessert. Maybe you can consider drinking only plain martini and then eating dark chocolate separately for a sweet fix.
If you’re stocking store-bought wine coolers to keep a handy beverage option for the summer, just know that a 12-ounce wine cooler can by nasty with the amount of calories it contains from the mixture of wine, sugar, fruit juices and carbonated drink. A 12-ounce serving can contain about 250 calories. Try making your own spritzer instead. If you have any red or white wine, blend it with a club soda and fresh fruit of your choice
Gin & Tonic
The most common misconception about this cocktail drink is that it has low or modest calorie content in the mixed drinks category. Truth is, tonic water is packed with high sugar which makes one serving of gin & tonic about 200 to 250 calories.
Rum & Coke
Otherwise known as rum cola, the sweet and tangy taste of the blend of rum and soda makes a good cocktail for parties. But if you are pretty much aware of the sugar content in soda drinks, you can also imagine that’s how much sugar your body will take in, not to mention the calories in rum. Or, you can just choose to drink plain rum with no mixers but in moderation.
You and your friends can enjoy a good conversation over cocktail drinks but be very careful with calorie intake especially when choosing these drinks. A glass won’t probably hurt and occasional drinking is pretty much okay. Whatever suits your mood, the more important thing when going for drinks is to drink in moderation and enjoy the drink itself.