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Unhealthiest Cocktails of Summer

Summer is a time to let loose, but don't let too loose says Newsweek. When the mercury rises, so do the calories in some of our favorite alcoholic beverages. Here are the top six cocktails that'll do a number on your diet:

  1. Margarita. If you use a sugar-saturated Margarita mix, add tequila or Triple Sec, and then pour the drink into a salt-rimmed glass, the result could set you back 850 calories, Jackie Warner, a fitness trainer and the star of the Bravo network's Work Out says.

  2. Mudslide. A 12-ounce frozen mudslide—made with vodka, Kahlua liqueur, Bailey's Irish Cream, and vanilla ice cream — tastes like an alcoholic milkshake and is just about as unhealthy. It has 820 calories and 27.2 grams of fat.
  3. Piña Colada. If you like piña coladas, watch out: the rum, pineapple juice, and cream of coconut drink can contain up to 650 calories.

There's three more so


  1. Mint Julep. You don't need a straw hat or a horserace to drink a mint julep. But the concoction of bourbon and mint-and-sugar syrup might set your diet back. One glass contains about 472 calories.
  2. Mojito. The classic mojito — a mixture of lime juice, sugar, mint leaves, rum, and soda — will run you about 242 calories.
  3. Daiquiri. A frozen strawberry daiquiri, made from strawberry schnapps, rum, lime juice, sugar, and strawberries contains about 220 calories.

As fun as they are, especially a mudslide — yum! — I think I'll be sticking to my occasional glass of wine. What about you?


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idawson idawson 9 years
oh well - i can cape cod it i guess.
orangek8 orangek8 9 years
My favorite drink is bourbon + soda water. The only calories come from the alcohol! If I'm going for a fruity drink though, coconut rum + diet sunkist is pretty freaking delicious.
BeamerCG BeamerCG 9 years
You just listed all of my favorite drinks. I'm so depressed =(
Zero_Cool Zero_Cool 9 years
I love summery drinks! It's the only time of year I drink, so the extra calories don't bother me. :) Currently I'm addicted to malibu+pineapple juice+and cream! It's like heaven in a glass. However many calories are in THAT one I don't need to know!
fredonica fredonica 9 years
On the rare occasions that I drink, I usually drink either wine, beer, vodka (with Blue Sky soda), or coffee liqueur mixed with pomegranate liqueur on the rocks. And my limit is always three drinks, even if I'm at home. I just don't like to feel hungover or bloated from the empty calories.
heckyesimyasi heckyesimyasi 9 years
Whoever said flavored vodkas are loaded with sugar is wrong. They have the same amount of calories as un-flavored vodka. They are infused with the flavor, no sugar added.
Brandi13jrm Brandi13jrm 9 years
I drink beer and sometimes wine. I don't like sweet drinks loaded with juices and flavored alcohols... BUT I do love a good margarita! Also, I fell in love with Mojitos while in Puerto Rico, we went to the Parrot Club, the bar that invented the mojito. It was fantastic, one of the best things I've ever drank!
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
Drink Becks Light! Its only 64 calories!
texgirl texgirl 9 years
Well, I am definitely not shocked by the amount of calories in any of these drinks! I usually jsut go for a vodka soda with a splash of cranberry - but even that can add up the cals real quick. Lesley - I'm loving you grape vodka and seltzer suggestion! Definitely trying that the next time I'm out! Also - the Mich Ultra pomegrante beer is phenomenal - I had the opportunity to taste it at an event recently and I loved it! Highly recommend! And Spectra - you're idea of adding in the crystal light lemonades is great! I love that even nin my water, as well as Fiber One flavored water mixers taht give extra fiber (just another suggestion!)
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
darn Pina Colada!
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 9 years
you can make authentic margaritas for fewer calories, use fresh lime juice, a little sugar, tequila, triple sec and you are good to go.
zombielove zombielove 9 years
mmmm pina colada... this will have no effect on my drinking. that's what the gym is for :D
honeysugar28 honeysugar28 9 years
Oh bummer margarita's are my favorite!!! :(
darkoblivion darkoblivion 9 years
Good thing I only have something like this once or less per year! I just don't drink.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
This is why I don't drink cocktails anymore. I'll stick to my unsweetened iced tea.
jdeprima jdeprima 9 years
Sugary cocktails give me a terrible headache--even one is enough to do me in. What's the point of a hangover without ever getting a buzz? I'll stick to wine, beer, and simple vodka drinks (all in moderation, of course).
jasmint jasmint 9 years
vodka + cranberry juice for me
sldc sldc 9 years
My signature drink is scotch, which I am holding in my avatar. Sugar/alcohol combinations tend to make me sick to my stomach. Mojitos at Gueros (Austin, Tx) are tasty though.
divinedebris divinedebris 9 years
I don't drink all that often and so when I do, I don't worry about it too much, because it's usually one and that's it. I like to drink vodka, frozen berries and either soda water or soda pop- gasp, like sprite. The berries flavor things and adding a sweetness.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I have my own signature cocktail that I make: plain vodka + Fresca + one pack of Orange Sunrise Crystal Light To-Go. Put it in a blender with ice and blend it up. It's really refreshing and fairly low cal (depending on how much vodka you use!).
angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 9 years
Alcohol prevents your body from burning fat...No thanks!
alikat07 alikat07 9 years
I'm a wine girl, but if I'm going to indulge in a cocktail, which is rare, I'm not going too much about the calories. However, for you margarita lovers Hungry girl has a couple low-cal margarita options: These are a bit too artificial sweetener for me, though.
Glamourgasm Glamourgasm 9 years
yep...occasional glass of wine for me too!
neonbee neonbee 9 years
Oh my. I love margaritas and mojitos.
nomerz nomerz 9 years
I love mojitos! yay for me!
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