It’s the party season. ‘Happy Hour’ is calling and all you want to do is make sure you’ve get your cocktails lined up while they’re still half price! We hear you. But make sure you choose carefully for the sake of your waistline.
Partygoers can down up to 4,000 extra calories in alcohol during the Christmas party season. And a cocktail can pack just as many calories as a Krispy Kreme doughnut – so your hour of 2-4-1 indulgence could hit your waistline way more than your pocket.
But there is help at hand! The calorie experts, Nutracheck, have crunched the numbers and added 13 of the most popular cocktails to its extensive food database, so you can check your cocktail calories in seconds.
Said Nutracheck nutritionist, Emma Brown: “We all love a bargain, so half-price deals and Christmas party‘allyou can drink’ packages are real winners because we feel we’re getting good value.
“But cheap drinks can send your alcohol consumption figures sky-high and some of the worst culprits are cocktails. Some may look less calorific than a glass of wine or a pint of lager, but don’t be fooled by size and pretty colours – some of these drinks contain more than 300 calories which is more than a doughnut!
“We’re not saying you shouldn’t enjoy, but just be aware of how many calories you’re drinking by using the Nutracheck calorie App and order wisely!”
Emma’s cocktail tips:
• Steer clear of anything creamy
• Ask for low calorie versions of mixers to be used
• Ask for your Mojito sour, not sweet
• Pack it full of ice to make it last longer and provide some hydration
Best choice: Mojito – 127 calories
Worst choice: Pina Colada – 318 calories