How many calories are in a shot of whiskey?

Updated: 24/12/2020
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How many calories are in a shot of whiskey?

Calories don’t just exist within food; we also consume them through drinks, alcoholic beverages especially. If you’re drinking more than the one glass, you could clock up a whole lot of calories, which isn’t ideal if you’re watching your weight. 

However, there is some good news! Calories in different alcoholic drinks vary, and whiskey tends to be on the lower side. 

In this article, we’ll identify just how many calories you can expect to consume from a shot of whiskey and how to drink it while avoiding getting those pesky extra calories in!

How many calories are in a shot of whiskey?

Calories will vary from whiskey to whiskey, but a 1.05oz measure will typically set you back around 100 calories. 

That could sound like a lot to you, but when you compare this to a medium glass of wine that runs up around 160 calories, it’s significantly less.

What is the lowest calorie Whiskey?

While calories in whiskey vary, it’s not by a significant amount. Whether you’re drinking a Bourbon, Scotch, Rye, Japanese or Irish Whiskey, the calorie amount will be similar, ranging from around 95-115 calories.

How can I enjoy a Whiskey with the least amount of calories?

If the number of calories in whiskey still causes concern, there’s a couple of things you can do to ensure those numbers don’t rise.

  • Drink whiskey neat, on the rocks or add a splash of water - these are not only great ways to truly enjoy the whiskey; the addition of ice or water isn’t go to clock up any more calories.
  • Stay away from cocktails - from the additional sugar, additional alcohol, and mixers; cocktails are notorious for being high in calories.  
  • Low sugar mixer - if you do fancy a mixer, opt for a low sugar one. The difference in calories between a can of diet coke and regular coke is 139 calories!

Wrapping up

If you enjoy an alcoholic drink, don’t let calories put you off. When you next fancy an alcoholic beverage but worry about your waistline, forget the wine and go with a whiskey instead.

Ashleigh Cain

Ashleigh is a key part of the editorial team at Whiskey Rocks. You'll often find her either writing educational articles or reviewing the latest artisan whiskeys. Her favorite drink? Ashleigh loves smokey scotches like Laphroaig, but you'll also often find her with an old fashioned in hand.

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