Here’s How Many Calories Are in Your Favourite Alcoholic Drinks.

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It’s a new year and you’re all about crafting a new, more svelte you. But, nobody’s perfect and chances are you’re still going to want to indulge in an alcoholic drink or two. But how do you stay on track with your new, healthier diet while still enjoying yourself? To help you make the right choice when it comes to alcoholic drinks the team behind online wine shop, Cybercellar, have put together a handy guide and infographic to choosing the lowest calorie drinks this summer.

Here’s the low-down:

Sauvignon Blanc

This deliciously crisp wine is the perfect pairing with your lunch or dinner salad and is relatively low on the calorie count front. Your average Sauvignon Blanc has around 123 calories about 3 grams of carbohydrates.

Chenin Blanc

Chenin has slightly less than a glass of Sauvignon Blanc with an average of 120 calories per glass. But, carb conscious lasses will be interested to know that compared to Sauvignon Blanc, it soars in carbohydrates and tips the scale at 4.9 grams per glass.


In comparison to its white wine counterparts, Chardonnay has significantly less calories. Chardonnay has a mere 84 calories and an average of 3.18 grams of carbohydrate per glass – this sounds like a good fit to your new healthy lifestyle!


Also significantly lower than Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin, a rosé comes in at only 83 calories, with a low carb content of 2.9 grams per glass. It’s no wonder this pink drink is a ladies favourite.


Cabernet Sauvignon

While you might think thank reds are calorie heavy, our favourite easy-drinking Cabs only have 3 calories more than our Sauvignon Blancs, with 126 calories, and come in below the Chenin’s calories at 3.82 grams carbs.


A glass of Shiraz contains 122 calories and 3.79 grams of carbs in each glass. This seems somewhat average for what can sometimes be a full-bodied and complex wine, however, be conscious of your consumption.


Merlot contains the same amount of calories as a rosé – a measly 83! This, coupled with its very average number of carbs, 3.7 grams, makes Merlot the perfect companion for summer evenings around the braai for calorie-conscious ladies.

Champagne/ Méthode Cap Classique

Bubbly fanatics across the country, rejoice! Your favourite bubblies are a dieter’s dream with only 90 calories and 1 gram of carbohydrates.


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Although packed with calories, gin has very little to zero carbs. With 263 calories, this drink is still one of the most recommended to anyone taking up a summer diet. Mix in the tonic, however, and the glass is packed with 32 grams of carbs. Our recommendation is to either swap out the tonic for soda water and pack the glass with lemon and mint, or find the low-sugar, low-carb options tonic options!


With 250 calories found in every 100 grams, so 105 calories in a shot, and the carbs leveling out to about 0.1 grams per serving, this is a golden treat for those watching their calorie count!


A can of beer has only 153 calories but it’s the carbs that really screw the pooch with your average beer coming in at a whopping 13 grams of carbs.

If you’re looking for a quick reference guide to calorie counts in your favourite alcoholic drinks check out the handy infographic below.

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