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Cocktail Breakdown

Holidays are a time to let loose and relax with friends. And with New Year's Eve coming up, most people are bound to be celebrating with a drink in their hand.

You may not know it, but many drinks can be a fattening fright. Calories from cocktails don't fill you up like calories from food. And after 1 or 2 drinks, you may be more likely to say yes to that chocolate fudge brownie sundae.

Here's the break down of some popular drinks:

Margarita: 740 cals, 56g carbs
Piña Colada: 644 cals, 90g carbs
Long Island Iced Tea: 780 cals, 44g carbs
White Russian: 425 cals, 26g carbs
Mai Tai: 350 cals, 30g carbs
Champagne Cocktail: 250 cals, 13g carbs
Fog Cutter: 225 cals, 13g carbs
Gin/Vodka and Tonic: 200 cals, 14g carbs
Mojito: 160 cals, 12g carbs
Cosmopolitan: 150 cals, 10g carbs

Fit's Tip: After every alcoholic drink, you should down 2 glasses of water to fill you up and keep you hydrated.

Want some ideas for smarter sips? Then

Champagne: At 100 calories, ringing in the New Year with this traditional fizzy drink won't wreak havoc on your waistline.

Wine Spritzer: With 3 ounces of wine and 3 ounces of club soda, these contain 60 calories and no fat.

Wine: Choose red wine for a healthier alternative - it's just 100 calories a glass.

Beer: Light or regular, a bottle of beer is a much better option than a cocktail. Regular beer has about 150 calories, while light beer has 100.

Vodka (or Gin) and Soda: 1.5 ounces of 80-proof spirits and diet or club soda will have less than 100 calories and no fat.

Another Fit's Tip: Whenever possible, make your cocktails yourself using healthier juices, lower calorie alcohol, and low-fat mixes.

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SonadoraSleeper SonadoraSleeper 9 years
"Margarita's" do NOT have that many calories. This info is definately bogus. Over the years I have seen several articles that state if you are watching calories a Margarita is a decent cocktail to order. A regular size Margarita is -170- calories according to other websites. I'm going with that...
Orchid23 Orchid23 9 years
Whoa! those drinks are packed with calories!! I personally dont drink that often anyways but the 2 I like are the lowest calories, Cosmo's & mojitos...good to know!
Baby_Jatti Baby_Jatti 9 years
OH MY GOD!!! I never knew that a margarita had so many cals!! Somebody shoot me :(
Trinigal Trinigal 9 years
What about a strawberry daquiri? i love those
vrico2005 vrico2005 9 years
this is great! I always forget that with my cocktails I am drinking my calories! :DRINKS:
WatchMeSparkle WatchMeSparkle 9 years
I totally hear that no sugar hangover thing- I've started drinking grey goose on the rocks w/ lime and its divine! Sugary drinks used to be all I craved...but I honestly can't drink them anymore. Does anyone know about the calorie/carb content for different wines? I like s. blanc or a good chardonnay...I'm thinking 6oz is like 11g carbs and 100 cal? Maybe more?
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 9 years
I used to be a bartender and haven't had a sugary drink in years. I drink wine, beer (once in a while) and vodka on the rocks with a twist of lime. No extra sugars to dance off AND the added benefit of ZERO sugar hangover the next day :D
Beaner Beaner 9 years
I'm shocked.
gagirl gagirl 9 years
I'm glad to know that my new favorite, mojitos, are considerably lower in calories than anything else. Nevertheless, that was an eye-opener.
iloveclothes86 iloveclothes86 9 years
whoa.. long island.. = crazy mojitos are nasty, maybe thats why it's low cal
SeptemberLights SeptemberLights 9 years
OMG! I never knew a margarita had so many calories! I guess it will be mojitos for me...
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