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Low-calorie drinks - even with alcohol?

by Anastasia Hartleib
Kalorienarme Getränke mit Alkohol und alkoholfrei

A beer here, a cocktail there, a liqueur in between - anyone who likes to drink alcohol knows how quickly happy evenings with friends can make themselves felt on the hips. The reason for this is calories. And they are in pretty much every food. But does every indulgence have to automatically turn into unwanted waistline gold?

What actually are calories?

Before we answer this question, let's start with the facts. Calories aren't just sneaky villains per se. Calories are actually sources of energy that provide us with the necessary drive throughout the day, the gasoline for the engine, so to speak. In a normal state, the average person consumes between 1500 and 1700 kcal. However, if you do sport, have to think a lot or generally exert yourself a lot, your calorie consumption increases.

By the way: When we talk about calories, we usually mean kilocalories (kcal). Although this is confusing, it has become common practice, as energy suppliers only really matter when the number of calories is in the thousands, i.e. kilograms. To understand: a calorie (really a calorie, not a kilocalorie) is the amount of energy required to raise one gram of water by one degree.

Calories are actually quite important. They only become a problem when we consume too many of them. The body is a hoarder and collector: it doesn't simply flush out excess energy, but stores it in fat cells - for a rainy day, so to speak. And unfortunately, alcohol has a lot of them.

Wie viele Kalorien haben eigentlich alkoholische Getränke?
How many calories do alcoholic drinks actually contain?

Here is a - somewhat devastating - list of the most common types of alcohol and their average calorie content per 100 ml:

The exact figures vary with each drink, of course. So if we assume an average content on a good evening with good friends, on which you drank 2 pilsners, a gin and tonic and finally a Willi, the calculation of your body looks like this:

  • 2 pilsners á 0.33 l: 280 kcal
  • 1 gin and tonic á 0.25 l: 100 kcal(tonic water has approx. 34 kcal per 100 ml)
  • 1 Willi á 2 cl: 45 kcal

All in all: 425 kcal. A little less than a third of the energy you need throughout the day. And that doesn't include sensible meals or the kebab on the way home.

Low-calorie drinks with alcohol

So let's not kid ourselves: Alcoholic, low-calorie drinks are an illusion. A good buzz comes at a price. However, there is a trick that will help you get a few revolutions and consume just a few calories. And that is: spritzer!

By the way: You can find really good wine spritzers here - KamoraRheinschorle

While wine actually has more calories than beer, the calorie content is halved if you add sparkling water. Water has virtually no calories, which is probably why the infamous long drink Skinny Bitch (vodka + water + lemon) stubbornly holds its own as the lowest-calorie drink. However, there is a cocktail that has even fewer calories than the vodka-soda version: the Bloody Mary!

Der Bloody Mary ist mit rund 120 Kalorien der kalorienärmste Cocktail.
With around 120 calories, the Bloody Mary is the lowest-calorie cocktail.

Low-calorie cocktail recipe: Bloody Mary

Ingredients for 1 portion:

  • 4 cl vodka
  • 15 cl tomato juice
  • Tabasco
  • Worcester sauce
  • 1 cl lemon juice
  • salt, pepper
  • ice cubes


  1. Place all the ingredients in a container & stir.
  2. Serve. Can also be served with the classic celery stick if required.

If you're happy to do without the intoxication but not the taste, you've got good news: Alcohol-free alternative drinks have hardly any calories!

Low-calorie drinks without alcohol

While non-alcoholic beers average around 25 kcal/100 ml, non-alcoholic alternatives to spirits have even fewer calories:

Alcohol-free gin alternatives therefore have even fewer calories than juice or juice spritzers, which also have a relatively high calorie content thanks to the fruit sugar they contain. Only coffee and espresso, which also contain around 2 kcal per 100 ml, can keep up. But beware: this also only applies to black, unsweetened coffee. You should also be careful with lemonades, iced teas and the like, as they generally contain quite a lot of sugar - and therefore also a few calories. One exception is the HORISE coconut-apple soda, which contains no sugar. With just 10 kcal per bottle, the lemonade is definitely a low-calorie drink - and therefore supports a healthy diet.

Alternatives to alcoholic drinks:

Low-calorie drinks you can make yourself

Low-calorie drinks are also easy to make yourself, for example by adding cucumber, ginger or fruit to water. This not only looks pretty, but also gives the plain water some flavor. Homemade iced teas are also very tasty and low in calories - as long as you leave out the sugar. Here is a simple recipe to make:

Rezept: Kalorienarmer Zitronen-Eistee mit Minze
Recipe: Low-calorie lemon iced tea with mint

Recipe: Low-calorie lemon iced tea with mint

Ingredients for 1 liter:

  • 1 lemon, preferably organic
  • 3 tea bags of black tea
  • 3 stems of mint
  • 1 liter of water
  • ice cubes


  1. Bring the water to the boil and add the tea bags. Leave to infuse for approx. 3-5 minutes.
  2. After the infusion time, add ice cubes to the tea so that it cools down more quickly and does not become bitter.
  3. Squeeze the lemon and add the juice to the tea.
  4. Wash the mint, press lightly or bang against the table (so that it releases its aroma better) and add to the iced tea.
  5. Serve chilled.

About the autor:

Anastasia Hartleib

Anastasia Hartleib

Katalog & Marketing Managerin

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