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Hi Everybody:

I'm going to Vegas and I will be clubbing with my girlfriends.

I was wondering: what is the LOWEST calorie drink you all can think of? I'll be having several (No, not binge-drinking, just on vacation and I need to cut lose and forget about school, :) ) . I know about diet mixers and that's great, but what is the lowest calorie hard alcohol, by itself? Am I better off just drinking Amstel Light? I mean it is cheaper, and only 95 calories, but still, i hate that gross beer bloat.

Any ideas? Please include the number of calories in the drink. Also, if you know that it's not too expensive, note that, too.

Thanks everybody!

Wed. Jun 27, 1:12pm

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water has the lowest calories.

sorry, I know you were looking for an alcoholic drink answer, but I just had to say it. My advice would be to drink a lot of seltzer, with lime, lemon, shot of cranberry, whatever. This is the lowest cal way to go IMO. I would drink lots of seltzer, especially between drinks, and then have a regular drink of something that I liked (though probably not a cream based drink LOL). I just don't see the point in all that diet stuff. Besides, I love a buzz, but HATE being dehydrated or hung over...that would totally kill the fun Vegas time for me.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007, 2:11 PM

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Stay away from any frozen drinks - none will have less than 500 cals, and plenty will be upwards of 1000 cals (any with coconut).

Light beer is usually the way to go for low-cal, but a shot of a clear liquor is around 100 cals, so if you have it with a diet mixer, then it's not much worse. A shot of clear liquor (not the sugar-filled flavored ones, like raspberry vodka or bacardi limon, though - just the plain kind), or light beer, or a wine spritzer (half wine, half seltzer) are your best bets.

There was an article on iVillage awhile ago of the lowest calorie beers - maybe check it out, some may surprise you, and you may like some better than others.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007, 2:22 PM

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let the "youre an alcoholic" comments begin...

Second poster, I dont mean to start the angry riot that I know might noe occur, but not helpful at all. Like the OP, I like to drink...not everyday of course but once in awhile...and when I do, I want to get buzzed, drunk, whatever. We all know water is figure-friendliest...but hello, some of us are young and enjoying ourselves. Dont pass judgement, just answer the question as asked.

OP...shots vs. a mixed drink maybe? In all honesty, I dont know and am interested to see some REAL responses.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007, 2:59 PM

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I'm the second poster, and I wasn't passing judgement. I was just giving my opinion. I even said that I knew my answer wasn't what the OP was looking for, but I gave my two cents anyway. I can do that in an open forum.

BTW, I'm young and like to drink too. And I enjoy myself a great deal with cocktails, wine, etc. But I have reached a point where I'd rather have one full on strong cocktail, without the diet mixer, instead of drinking twelve of something "lite," "diet," or watered down, just so I can feel like I'm able to drink more. I also eat real butter. Whatever.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007, 3:11 PM

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you might like to try gin and soda with a squeeze of lemon, or scotch and soda.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007, 3:31 PM

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list of calories

Here's some info I compiled for myself. I print it up and bring it with me when I go out! Obviously, this is not an all-inclusive list, but it's stuff I'd consider drinking. Hope it helps!

Amstel Light - 100
Aspen Edge - 94
Bacardi Raz - 225
Bass Ale - 140
Bud Light - 110
Budweiser - 145
Coors Light - 102
Corona Extra - 147
Corona Light - 105
Guinness - 126
Heineken - 150
Michelob Light - 113
Michelob Light Ultra - 95
Mike's Hard Lemonade - 240
Mike's Light Hard Lemonade - 78
Miller Lite - 96
Rolling Rock - 120
Sam Adams - 159
Sam Adams Light - 124
Smirnoff Ice - 249
Tequiza - 127
Twisted Tea - 220
Zima Citrus - 94
Zima XXX - 231

calories, least to most:
Mike's Light Hard Lemonade - 78
Aspen Edge - 94
Zima Citrus - 94
Michelob Light Ultra - 95
Miller Lite - 96
Amstel Light - 100
Coors Light - 102
Corona Light - 105
Bud Light - 110
Michelob Light - 113
Rolling Rock - 120
Sam Adams Light - 124
Guinness - 126
Tequiza - 127
Bass Ale - 140
Budweiser - 145
Corona Extra - 147
Heineken - 150
Sam Adams - 159
Twisted Tea - 220
Bacardi Raz - 225
Zima XXX - 231
Mike's Hard Lemonade - 240
Smirnoff Ice - 249

Wednesday, June 27, 2007, 3:35 PM

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3:35pm poster here

Each of those items listed are for 12-ounce drinks (give or take a few tenths of an ounce).

Wednesday, June 27, 2007, 3:38 PM

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wow! that's a pretty thorough list you've put together! thanks for sharing! where did that information come from? no offense, but i like to have references if i am going to rely on posted calorie values-i need to fit drinks into my eating plan and i really don't want to mess around!

Wednesday, June 27, 2007, 3:43 PM

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champagne has about 50 calories per ounce.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007, 3:44 PM

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Mike hard lite is only 96 or whatever...impressive. Not much of a difference fomr the regular one either

Wednesday, June 27, 2007, 4:43 PM

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stay away from the fruity stuff. go for red or white wine. healthy as well as low cal.
have fun in vegas!

Wednesday, June 27, 2007, 4:59 PM

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Wow love the list

Wednesday, June 27, 2007, 6:13 PM

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You guys rock!

OP, here, and i you guys rock. Thank you! Yeah, I haven't been on vaca in a while and I'm a college student, so I need to cut loose. Just a little, nothing crazy.

So far, I think I'm going to stick to amstel light. If I were to have hard alcohol alone, what's the lightest calories? Any ideas?

Wednesday, June 27, 2007, 7:30 PM

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list poster here

I compiled the list from several different sites - some nutrition sites (like calorieking), some advice sites (about or ivillage) and many of them from the drink's own websites. If any of the amounts look questionable, check them out for yourself - - and then clue the rest of us in! : )

On another note, knowing the calorie content of different drinks ahead of time kept me from overindulging (alcohol-wise AND calorie-wise). Knowledge is power!! : )

Wednesday, June 27, 2007, 7:51 PM

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Wow, now I know why college has made so fat! 5 rum and Cokes is 1,000 calories! And sometimes I would have even more than that! Getting drunk was my priority, over being healthy, as messed up as that is. I'm glad this is anonymous!

I think your best bet, OP, would be clear hard liquor like vodka or light rum with diet soda. May not be the most glamorous but its the best for you, and cheaper than a fancy cocktail anyway! From what caloriewiki tells me, all plain, clear hard liquor is roughly 100 calories per shot. Those Light Mike's Hard are pretty low-cal too.

I was curious how many calories are in a vodka martini, which is one of my favorite drinks. Its 210 which isn't that bad if you aren't going to drink 5. Which you might! Just try to eat lighter and drink plenty of water to "make room" for the drinkin'!

Thursday, June 28, 2007, 12:20 AM

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My husband is a bartender and the drink with the most calories is a Long Island. It has 800!!! Yep. The Sweet N Sour that is in that drink is what does it. With Vodka your good. The best drinks are vodka cranberry. Dirty martini's are ok too but just high in sodium. Stay away from Midori sours Amaretto Sours, Adios MF, Long Beach Ice Tea, Long Island, Green Tea (AKA Tokyo Tea), etc. anything with sweet N sour.

Thursday, June 28, 2007, 5:31 AM

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i think this is a great thread, sometimes when i'm out i tend not to even think about the calories i'm drinking undoing the good work i've done that week. gin and tonic or vodka cranberry is the way to go. i don't want to even think about the calories in my favourite drink a bellini!!

Thursday, June 28, 2007, 6:04 AM

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Not to burst any bubbles, but tonic has just as many calories as any other regular soda. Some fancy places have diet tonic, but not many. Also, cranberry juice has a lot of calories too.

There are some light flavored rums out now, by Bacardi - Island Breeze, they're called. There's Key Lime, Wild Berry, and Coconut. A shot is supposed to have 48 cals, according to the Bacardi website, which is about half that of other liquors. It's starting to get trendy - a lot of bars around me have it in at least a couple flavors. It's actually made with Splenda. It also has less alcohol content though - it is 36 proof, whereas regular Bacardi is 80 proof (but the flavored ones are a bit less, I think.) gives the calories of various alcohols. Below is a link to calories in 80-proof liquor. 1oz is 64 cals; however, a typical shot glass is actually 1.5 oz, and a nice bartender that pours a stiff drink will give even more!


Friday, June 29, 2007, 12:43 PM

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As you know, alcohol is high in calories. There are 9 calories in one gram of fat, 4 in a gram of carb or protein, 7 in a gram of alcohol.

That said, here is a link for calories in most beers:

In 1 oz. of 80 Proof Gin, Rum, Vodka, or Whiskey there are 64 calories. In a shot (a jigger is 1.5 oz), there are 97 calories.

For the most bang for your buck ($, calorically and buzz-inducingly), stick to these clear alcohols with tonic water and a squeeze of lemon or lime. Amstel Light will do nothing for you (buzz-wise) but make you bloated - unless you drink 8 of them.

Here are calories in other types of booze:

Friday, June 29, 2007, 6:14 PM

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by the way, regular tonic water is 10 cals/oz (not that bad, but diet coke is better). Diet tonic water has ZERO calories. Worst case, you can bring a bottle of the diet stuff with you and ask for your shot in a bigger glass so you can do your own mixing.

Friday, June 29, 2007, 6:18 PM

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I like rum in diet coke or coke Zero. Granted, when I start drinking, I rarely think about calories. That woudl be my 'free" night.

Saturday, June 30, 2007, 8:51 AM

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Tuesday, July 03, 2007, 11:24 PM

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CORRECTION - to the list

Mike's Light Hard Lemonade has 98 calories each - not 78! Sorry for any extra calories consumed due to my error! : )

Monday, July 09, 2007, 9:36 AM

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If you like martinis, try infusing vodka with fruit rather than using surgary mixers. You can use watermelon, grapefruit, orange, cherry, pretty much anything. It's easy to do. Just pack a mason or other type of jar with the fruit and top off with vodka. Let it soak for a week to a month in the fridge and voila - yummy, fruit vodka.

Monday, July 09, 2007, 3:23 PM

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Drink Ideas

I've been getting diet coke with raspberry rum lately -- it has 70 calories (assuming you only have 1 oz of rum)

also -- if you want a fruity drink or a vodka/cran, bring a crystal lite packet. it tastes the exact same!

Tuesday, July 10, 2007, 12:13 PM

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Mike's light

It depends on where you live. I can buy Mike's light in one county w/ 98 cal's and 6 carbs. And in another w/ 78 cal's and 2 carbs. Why is that anyway? Anybody know? For anybody that does not believe me I will gladly send a pic of the bottle I am sipping on right now. Lol.

Friday, July 20, 2007, 8:35 PM

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good list in time for holiday season!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007, 8:08 PM

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hey, and if you want anything without overlimiting your cals...try eating about 500 cals that day and alloting 1500 for drinks's what i do, and figure that 2000 is about maintenance and won't undo very much.

you WILL be relatively drunk though. XD

Wednesday, November 21, 2007, 9:28 PM

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I always order a shot of whiskey and a glass of water with ice. Then I add a few tsps of whiskey to the water from the shot glass. I keep asking for refills on the water, but I tip the bartender really well like it was a drink I'm ordering. One shot glass of whiskey lasts me 3-4 glasses of water so I feel like i'm having 3 drinks. It tastes good, I get a nice buzz without the sick drunk feeling. And I keep the alcoholic calories down to whatever 1 shot is.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007, 10:11 PM

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white wine spritzers are really low calorie

Wednesday, November 21, 2007, 11:09 PM

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I got your comment

I don't she read the whole thing. I actually found your response useful. The ultimate plan would to be to take shots of vodka and drink lots of water or seltzers in between. Thanks for your good advice. : )

Tuesday, March 04, 2008, 10:49 PM

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That last comment was for the second poster

Tuesday, March 04, 2008, 10:52 PM

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Curious about poster somewhere above that said both red and white wine are low-cal and have health benefits. I know this is true about red the same really true for white?

(PS I read in some very reputible source (I think it was InTouch magazine) that champagne is the drink with the lowest cals....but who can drink that all night?? Hello, headache!)

Wednesday, March 05, 2008, 7:11 AM

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Becks Light

Becks Light Beer has 64 cal per bottle and 3.9 carbs...lowest cal beer in the USA according to the box!! Beer bloat sucks though...I would take a stiff (2 oz)vodka with diet tonic and lime over 2 beers...

Friday, April 11, 2008, 2:33 PM

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Where is the creativity here ? ?
Rum and diet coke 100 cals +/-
Vodka/gin and diet tonic 100 cals +/-

These are genius but getting boring - ANYTHING ELSE along these lines?

Friday, April 11, 2008, 2:55 PM

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I would take a beautiful creamy rich Guiness any day over a light beer - C'MON ! what is 30 extra calories for some real taste?

Oh an I just think it is really cool that if you are really on a low calorie diet - you can really get about 50% more kick out of a drink...but on the other hand it makes you hungrier and lowers inhibitions so you really have to watch out for those snacks ! Hmmmm...

Friday, April 11, 2008, 3:02 PM

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I drink whiskey and diets - I used to be a big whiskey and coke drinker so the diet took a little getting used to...but really i dont notice after 1 because i start to get buzzed.
for a girlier drink stoli blu and soda water tastes like blueberry muffins and soda water has no cals.

Friday, April 11, 2008, 3:10 PM

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SHOTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AHHHOOOOO!!!!!

Friday, April 11, 2008, 10:39 PM

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Hands down

Excellent lasting buzz.....shot of tequila followed by sipping a lighter beer(preferably mexican). Pace yourself. A few calories cut, less money spent overall. The Diet tonic/coke rum vodka thing is also a grand idea, but for most, I think the tequila packs apretty good wallup. Pacing...

Saturday, April 12, 2008, 1:21 PM

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vanilla vodka and diet coke is also a good, low cal drink.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008, 6:06 PM

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Mike's Light - Mystery Explained

Mike's Light used to be 78 calories (their original recipe). I think they stopped that production line at the end of 2005. The label design was a little different as well - black and white; now it's mostly yellow and white, so if you know the labels, it's easy to see the difference. It's doubtful that there are any of the old 78-cal versions left on the shelf, and if you find one, you probably should pass it up as it's at least 3 years old ;) Mike's changed the formula so that they could incorporate a more versatile recipe to include flavors like cranberry and lime to the "light" version - sure it has a few more calories and carbs, but chalk the change up to mass production needs. I, for one, really miss the original version b/c it tasted SO much better. The new version tastes seriously chemical.

Thursday, June 05, 2008, 8:41 PM

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She asked for the lowest cal drink and someone says water? Then someone answers the question ... and in return is called an alcoholic??? The question was, "what's the lowest cal drink?" not "what is your opinion of drinking?"

The best way to drink honey, is Vodka/ Club Soda... That's what my model friends drink, and they can still party and get smashed... have a bottled water in between...It's Vegas, not church... GET LOADED!

Saturday, June 28, 2008, 10:15 AM

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shut up

Friday, August 01, 2008, 11:23 PM

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your best bet is vodka and no calorie tonic water or seltzer. Plus, it won't stain your clothes!

Saturday, August 02, 2008, 12:41 PM

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The list you compiled was GREAT!!
Thanks again

Sunday, August 03, 2008, 1:09 AM

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to Aug. 2, 12:41pm, and others -

Tonic water is NOT a zero-calorie beverage. Tonic water has just as many calories as a regular Coke, Pepsi or Sprite. I know this comment has been made several times, but since tonic keeps being suggested, clearly people still think it is zero calories. It is not.

Seltzer, club soda, and sparkling water are zero-calorie drinks. Tonic water is the same as soda. You can buy diet tonic water in most grocery stores, but I've never come across a bar that has it.

Monday, August 04, 2008, 12:17 PM

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List of Calories

I really liked your list. Quite a copulation! But I was wondering what the calories are in the Azul Taquila one shot?


Thursday, September 04, 2008, 6:24 PM

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Hard Liquor

Stoli- 69
Smirnoff- 69
Bacardi 151- 122
Bacardi Solara- 62
Jagermeister- 103
Tattoo (Capt. Morgan)- 69
Captain Morgan Spiced Rum- 60
Parrot Bay- 96

These are 1 oz. quantities. Average shot, 1.5 oz. Whoever said that Stoli has no carbs is an idiot. Alcohol is derived from sugar, it has carbs!

Friday, October 17, 2008, 7:38 PM

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bacardi rum has 50 calories per shot, obviously without mixer and has no carbs!! go with Bacardi and Diet :)

Friday, October 17, 2008, 8:25 PM

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Lowest calories for most alcohol

Check out this site that lists the lowest calorie drinks compared to how much alcohol they have:

For instance you are better off drinking Coors Light than Bud Light.


Monday, December 15, 2008, 11:20 AM

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Just use diet coke or soda whenever possible to mix with hard liquor to cut down calories.


Wednesday, September 01, 2010, 8:22 PM

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DIet Vodka?

I don't know if y'all have heard of this, but I just tried VOLI Vodka and it's supposed to be up to 40% less calories than other 80proofs. It's really good for being 'diet', and it helps me feel less guilty having a drink or two when I get home at night.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011, 7:03 PM

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DIet Vodka?

I don't know if y'all have heard of it. but I just tried this new low cal vodka called VOLI. It's surprisingly good for something that's 'diet', It's about 30% less calories than other 80 proofs. So if all drinks are just bad for dieting, this is definitely the lesser of two evils.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011, 7:07 PM

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