Love it, like it, hate it: Mardi Gras Drinks & Cocktails

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Carnival Season is kicking into high gear, which for many often means more cocktails over the next few weeks. And while it’s no secret that there’s a big difference in cocktails when it comes to calories and alcohol content, you may not have realized just how much. Today we’re Getting the Skinny with Molly on the best & worst bets when it comes to Mardi Gras drinks & cocktails.

To minimize next-day effects of alcohol:

  • 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

 

LOVE IT!

Extra-light beer

  • 55-64 calories per 12-ounce beer – 2.8 – 3.2 % ABV

 

Liquor (preferably clear): 1-2 ounces mixed with no-calorie mixer

  • 64 calories per ounce – 40% ABV

 

 

LIKE IT!

Wine (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

 

“Regular” Beer

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

 

 

HATE IT!

Frozen Daiquiris

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

 

IPA-style beer

  • 190-230 calories per 12-ounce beer
  • 6-10% ABV

 

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