Full disclosure—drinking anything in excess isn't healthy. Alcoholic beverages contain calories, but little to no actual nutrition. So, make no mistake. Calling a drink “healthier” doesn't mean that it's good for you. In this context, we're discussing beverages that contain some nutritional value or simply have fewer calories than more fattening options.
With that in mind, here are some healthy alternatives to consider next time you’re out for Ladies Thursdays over at The Hangar Tavern!
The only calories in vodka and soda water comes from the liquor itself. One fluid ounce of vodka contains about 64 calories, so the calorie count of your drink will vary depending on the amount of vodka.
Beer contains about 12 calories per ounce. When mixing tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, lime and ice into a michelada, you cut the calorie count by nearly a third.
The calorie content of hard liquor depends upon the specific type, but the average calorie count of whiskey is only 69 calories per ounce. However, sweeteners used in whiskey-based cocktails may increase both calories and carbs.
Averaging about 65 calories per ounce, gin can likewise be used to make a relatively low calorie drink.
Wine is the most calorie-friendly beverage. It typically contains 20 calories per ounce with no cholesterol, sodium or fat.
The manhattan is a cocktail made with whiskey, vermouth and bitters. Bourbon usually ranges between 97 and 110 calories per 1.5 ounces, and vermouth typically contains about 45 calories per ounce.
Mimosas are just champagne and orange juice. While it's not low-cal, orange juice is a source of Vitamin C, Potassium, Folic Acid, Vitamin B6 and Thiamin. You can also use grapefruit juice instead if you're aiming to burn fat.
Despite its thick consistency, Guinness only contains 128 calories per 12 ounces. In addition, because it's made from whole grains, it's full of nutrients.
Sangria is made from a red wine and a variety of ingredients, which may include lemon, orange, lime, apple, raspberry, strawberry, sugar, juice, gin and triple sec. Opt for a recipe that uses more fruit and less sugar.
Made from vodka, tomato juice, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, celery, salt and pepper, the Bloody Mary is very low-cal and full of nutrients.
To learn about the nutritional consultant behind this list, visit: http://gizmodo.com/the-nine-healthiest-alcoholic-drinks-1155746576.