Ever wonder what that glass of wine is costing your waistline? Without nutrition labels on most alcohol, many of us don’t notice how many calories we’re really consuming.
But there is one indicator you can use to approximate calories: the Alcohol by Volume (ABV) percentage.
The ABV percentage for Zinfandel, for example, is 10 percent alcohol, which you’ll find on the bottle.
It’s important to note that a sweeter wine with low alcohol could have fewer calories than a high-alcohol dry wine. According to Decanter.com, that’s because residual sugar isn’t as concentrated as alcohol, at four calories per gram.
Dry wines (less than one percent residual sugars):
ABV percentage x number of ounces you’re consuming x 1.6 = Calories
Off-dry wines (1-4 percent residual sugars):
ABV percentage x number of ounces you’re consuming x 4 = Calories
Dessert, fortified wines (high sugar):
ABV percentage x number of ounces you’re consuming x 10 = Calories
- Red wine (5 oz.): 106 calories
- White wine (5 oz.): 100 calories
- Regular Budweiser beer (12 oz.): 143 calories
- Bud Light beer (12 oz.): 110 calories
- Margarita (4 oz.): 168 calories
- Piña Colada (4.5 oz.): 245 calories
- Champagne (4 oz.): 84 calories
- Martini (2.25 oz.): 124 calories
- Cosmopolitan (2.75 oz.) 146 calories
- 80-proof spirits (gin, rum, vodka, whiskey, tequila — 1.5 oz.): 97 calories
*Note that these are averages and the actual calorie content could vary depending on sugar and proof of your specific drink.