Holiday drinks: Good cheer, but watch the calories

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Holiday drinks: Good cheer, but watch the calories

Your family's seasonal celebrations may not be complete without festive holiday drinks — mulled red wine, homemade hot cocoa, chilled champagne or creamy eggnog. Because many of these drinks can add extra calories and fat, though, continue to get regular exercise, limit your indulgences and try healthier options when possible. For instance, you can find reduced-fat and sugar-free versions of many drinks, including eggnog and cocoa — and you don't need to feel like a Scrooge for doing it.

So as you serve up a bit of holiday cheer this year, keep in mind these calorie counts.

Calories in common holiday drinks

Wine, nonalcoholic, 5 ounces (oz.) or 148 milliliters (mL) 9
Wine spritzer, 5 oz. (148 mL) 72
Champagne punch, 4 ounces (oz.) (118 mL) 73
Champagne, 4 oz. (118 mL) 96
Spiced apple cider, 8 oz. (237 mL) 117
Wine, white, 5 oz. (148 mL) 121
Wine, red, 5 oz. (148 mL) 125
Mulled red wine, 5 oz. (148 mL) 125
Sparkling grape juice, 8 oz. (237 mL) 152
Creme de menthe liqueur, 1.5 oz. (44 mL) 186
Hot cocoa (homemade), made with whole milk, 8 oz. (237 mL) 192
Martini, 3 oz. (89 mL) 196
Hot buttered rum, 8 oz. (237 mL) 292
Eggnog, nonalcoholic, 8 oz. (237 mL) 343
Eggnog, alcoholic, 8 oz. (237 mL) 391
Irish cream liqueur, 4 oz. (118 mL) 407

Sources: USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, 2008; USDA Food and Nutrient Database for Dietary Studies, 3.0., 2009.

*Actual calories may vary by brand or recipe.

Last Updated: 2009-11-25
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