Posted on | December 1, 2009 | 5 Comments
Let’s face it. Cocktails taste delicious.
They look good, taste delicious and really get the party started. But what alot of people don’t consider is how many unnecessary calories & sugar they are happily drinking.
The average cocktail contains 2 x 30ml pours of liquor (average about 90 calories / 30ml). They are then mixed with either fruit juice, sugary soda and more often than not – contain cream of some sort. You do the math: 180 calories of alcohol + 1/2 cup juice containing 80 calories + cream 100 calories…….. yup………. the answer is massive.
I’ve decided to pick on Singapore Slings!! (Only due to having recently entertained friends at Raffles hotel & having some incriminating photos for evidence)
Singapore Sling Ingredients:
- 30 ml Gin (73 Calories)
- 15 ml Cherry brandy (77 Calories)
- 120 ml pineapple juice (73 Calories)
- 15 ml lime juice (10 Calories)
- 7.5 ml Cointreau (25 Calories)
- 7.5 ml Dom Benedictine (27 Calories)
- 10 ml Grenadine (23 Calories)
- Dash of Angostura Bitters (3 calories)
- Garnish with a slice of pineapple and cherry (5 calories & 29 calories)
So…. in total (including eating the garnish) there is total of:
345 Calories per Singapore Sling.
Now…… if like every other person at Raffles that happily munch on the peanuts & throw the shells on the ground… for every small handful eaten that’s another 160 Calories.
So…… lets just call it a neat 500 Calories in 1 cocktail + some peanuts.
That’s considered the average calorie requirement in 1 meal for a male or an active female. And approximately 1/3 of the average persons daily requirement of energy – not even factoring in the amount of sugar and fat also consumed.
That would take a person about 1 hour of running or 80 minutes of brisk walking to burn off.
Scary isn’t it.
So next time – consider what you’re drinking. Ask yourself if you really need that Cocktail (1 glass of wine is much less damaging) or it’s even better if you can completely avoid alcohol all together.