A standard shot of vodka can run you between 100-125 calories. Add that to the tasty ingredients of a mixed drink and you have a lot of calories. Calorie content varies among vodka brands and proofs. A shot 1.5 ounce shot of 70 proof vodka contains about 35% alcohol and offers 90 calories. This same sized shot of 80 proof vodka, which contains about 40% alcohol, provides 100 calories. The general rule-of-thumb is that the higher the proof, the more calories, because the higher the proof the more alcohol content.
Some 100 proof brands of vodka, typically not for the weak at heart, contain on average approximately 130-140 calories per shot. The calorie content can be lowered if you eliminate the high proof variety and go for the weak stuff.
Most people mix their vodka in orange juice or flavored syrups and liqueurs which dramatically increases the calorie count because of the sugars found in the ingredients. Orange juice adds at least another 100 calories per drink, while other mixed cocktail varieties can chalk up an additional 200-300 calories. Remember, this is on top of the calories already determined for the vodka. One late night cocktail while out with friends can land you 400 calories per drink – and that is if you stop at one.
The best way to cut calories when drinking vodka is to ask the bartender for a lighter proof and avoid syrups and high sugar additions. Keep it light. Some bars offer light orange juice or diet sodas to mix the vodka with... all you have to do is ask.
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