Did you know that compared to other alcohol, tequila is pretty low in calories? In fact, it’s pretty much the lowest calorie hard alcohol you can buy.
How many calories are in tequila?
We compared tequila to vodka and whiskey and found that on average, tequila is the best option when it comes to limiting your calories. The average 1.5oz tequila shot contains about 98 calories as compared to vodka which has 106 and whiskey which has 113.
We’ve listed some popular brands of tequila and their calorie count so you can take a look. All of the calories listed are per 1.5 oz shot.
How much sugar is in tequila?
One shot of pure agave tequila has 0g of sugar, 0g of carbs, and 0g of fat, making it a pretty healthy choice of alcohol when watching your waistline. For this reason, those who follow diets that restrict carb intake, such as the Keto diet, often turn to tequila when looking to enjoy an alcoholic beverage.
That being said, mixed drinks that contain tequila, such as margaritas, often contain upwards of 400 calories and 24 grams of sugar. If you’re watching your diet, be cautious of consuming sugary mixed drinks. It might be a better idea to make yourself a skinny margarita, or stick to sipping tequila solo. Skinny margaritas contain fresh ingredients and don’t have a lot of added sugar in them. Here's a quick and easy recipe for a skinny margarita that you can make at home!
Skinny Margarita Recipe
- Coarsely ground sea salt
- 1/4 cup of tequila
- 1 1/2 oz lime juice
- 1 oz orange juice
- 1 tsp light agave nectar
- 1 lime wedge for garnishing
- Pour a layer of salt onto a small plate. Cut off a piece of lime and wipe it around the edge of your margarita glass. Dip your glass into the plate and make sure the rim is covered in salt. Add ice cubes to your glass. You may skip this step if you don’t like salt in your margaritas.
- In a cocktail shaker, add ice, tequila, lime juice, orange juice, and agave nectar. Add the lid and shake for 30 seconds. Strain it into your glass filled with ice and garnish with a lime wedge.
Is tequila good for you?
Tequila is a smart choice when you want to drink alcohol that's low in sugar. Although there has been no proof that links tequila specifically to health benefits, it has been shown that drinking alcohol of any kind in light moderation can reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and ischemic stroke.
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