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How many calories are in whiskey?

How Many Calories Are In Whisky?

If whisky is your go-to drink, then you’re in luck when it comes to counting calories! Whisky is one of the lowest-calorie liquors and contains no fat or carbohydrates, and is very low in sugar. Sipping whisky as compared to beer or wine could be a good choice if you’re watching your waistline.

So just how many calories are in whisky? Let’s find out.

How many calories are in whiskey?

How many calories are in a single whisky?

Whisky has a higher alcohol by volume (ABV) content than other alcoholic beverages such as beer or wine. Oftentimes, whisky can easily reach 40% ABV or higher. 

So how many calories are in a 25ml shot of whisky? You can expect your 1.5oz shot of single whisky to contain about 105 calories. Keep in mind that unless you’re drinking straight whisky, the calorie count can easily increase due to the addition of sugary mixers or sodas. A whisky mixed with Coke could run you about 200 calories per serving.

Why is whisky so low in calories?

The reason why whisky is so low in calories is all thanks to the distillation process. The fat and carbohydrates disappear as the whisky is being distilled, and the sugar count becomes so low that an ounce of whisky is said to contain no sugar at all.

The calorie count is also related to the ABV content of the whisky. A 140 proof whisky will have more calories than an 80 proof. This is the case with most alcohol, the higher the ABV, the higher the calories.

How many calories are in whiskey?

What whisky has the lowest calories?

We’ve arranged a list of the most popular whiskey and their calorie count per 1.5 ounce shot. Check out which whisky has the lowest calories.

Crown Royal Special Reserve

96 calories 
40% ABV

Jack Daniels

98 calories
40% ABV

Glenfiddich Scotch Whisky

98 calories 
40% ABV

Johnnie Walker (Black Label)

98 calories
​​​​​​​40% ABV

Jim Beam Kentucky Straight Bourbon

100 calories 
​​​​​​​40% ABV

Chivas Regal

104 calories
​​​​​​​40% ABV

Jameson Irish Whisky

104 calories
​​​​​​​40% ABV

Fireball

108 calories
​​​​​​​33% ABV

Maker's Mark

110 calories
​​​​​​​45.5% ABV

 

How to watch your calorie count in whisky 

If whisky is your go-to drink, then try these tips to keep it as low calorie as possible.

  • Drink it neat: One way to easily avoid dreaded calories is by keeping your whisky neat. By sipping it solo, you'll know exactly how many calories are in that glass. If straight whisky is just too strong for you, try drinking it on the rocks and let the ice cubes melt for a few minutes and dilute the alcohol. If it's still too potent, add a splash of a diet soda to keep your calorie level low.
  • Eat a balanced meal before hand: By filling your stomach before you start to drink, you'll be less inclined to stuff your face with greasy fast food when you start feeling tipsy. 
  • Sip slowly: Taking shot after shot might seem like a great idea at the begging of the night, but this could quickly pack in a few hundred calories. If you're watching your calorie intake then try sipping one drink slowly instead of tossing a few shots back at once. 

 

If you're looking for a low calorie drink then browse our vast selection of whisky

Interested in learning more about whiskey? Check out our other blogs:

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