Love it, Like it, Hate it: Game-Day Cocktails!

Football season is here, which often means more cocktails over the next few months. And while it’s no secret that there’s a big difference in cocktails when it comes to calories and sugar, you may realize just how much. Today we’re Getting the Skinny with Molly on the best & worst bets of Game-Day Cocktails!


Game Day Cocktail Tips

  • Stay well-hydrated
  • Eat a meal or several small snacks that are reach in protein and healthy fats
  • Opt for clear liquor (vodka, gin, white rum) over dark liquor (bourbon, dark rum)
  • Keep “moderate” drinking in mind: not more than 1/day for women, 2/day for men





Extra-light beer:  Bud Select 55, Beck’s Premier Light, MGD 64

  • 55-64 calories per 12-ounce beer; 8 – 3.2 % ABV


Vodka Soda (clear liquor preferred over dark; “splash” of liquor with no-calorie mixer)

  • 65-100 calories per drink: 1 – 1.5 ounces clear liquor mixed with 6+ ounces club soda or La Croix


Bloody Mary 





“Regular” Beer

  • Includes Mich Ultra, and all “Lite” beers; ~4.5 % ABV
  • 95-150 calories per 12-ounce beer (128 calories per Abita Amber; 125 calories per Guiness)


Wine Spritzer (Red or White)

  • ~150 calories per 6-ounce glass – 12-14 % ABV
  • Dilute with club soda|sparkling water for a lower-calorie, lower-alcohol spritzer





Bourbon & Coke (or any dark liquor + sugary mixer)

  • Typical pour of 3-4 ounces bourbon + 6 ounces Coca-Cola = 300+ calories & 18 grams sugar


Frozen Daiquiris

  • With 1,000+ sugary calories for a “small” 20-ounce, frozen daiquiris are the worst of the worst, nutritionally.
  • Alcohol content varies, but most pre-made frozen daiquiris are ~5% ABV



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