Love it, Like it, Hate it: Get the Skinny: Mardi Gras Parade Route Cocktails

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Mardi Gras is in full swing, which for many New Orleanians means many more cocktails over the coming days.  And while we all know there can be a big difference in calories and sugar, you may not have realized just how much.  We’re Getting the Skinny with Molly on popular Carnival cocktails and top picks and worst bets for parade route drinks.


To minimize next-day effects of alcohol:

  • Stay well-hydrated
  • Eat a meal or several small snacks rich 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 [e.g.Beck’s Premier Light] with 55-64 calories;  2.8 – 3.2 % ABV


Guinness Beer: Just 123 calories per bottle


Spiked Spritzers like White Claw Hard Seltzer or Truly Spiked & Sparkling:  100-110 calories & 1-4 grams sugar


+ Sparkling waters interspersed frequently throughout






Bloody Mary 

  • Make it a “love it” by diluting even more with low sodium tomato juice



Wine (Red or White) & Sparkling Cans

  • ~150 calories per 6-ounce serving; 10-14 % ABV
  • Dilute with club soda or sparkling water for a lower-calorie, lower-alcohol spritzer


“Regular” Beer

  • 95-150 calories per 12-ounce beer (128 calories per Abita Amber; 125 calories per Guiness)
  • Approximately 4.5 % ABV




Frozen Daiquiris

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




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