Whether you're trying to lose weight or just feel better, what you choose to drink can have a huge impact.

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Summer is finally on its way, and we are already celebrating with weekend road trips to the beach and lazy Sundays at the pool. And for many of us, these summertime occasions are enjoyed alongside a fun, boozy drink-vodka pops, anyone?

But even if you're imbibing responsibly, what you decide to drink can have a big impact on both your waistline and how you feel the next day. It's all too easy to accidentally consume too many calories or too much sugar-and not all beverages are created equal. So we've put together this handy nutrition guide ranking some of the most popular alcoholic beverages from most to least calories-and including average carbs, sugars, and ABV as well-to help you know which drinks you can feel best about sipping this season.

Hard Cider

Hard ciders have continued to grow in popularity over the last few years, as this gluten-free beverage is safe for all drinkers! But they can contain a surprising amount of carbohydrates and sugar, and be a lot more alcoholic than you might expect. We've seen hard ciders contain anywhere from 140-210 calories per 12-ounce bottle. Here's the nutritional info for a 12-ounce bottle of Ciderboys Cowboys First Press:

  • Calories: 204
  • Carbs: 28g
  • Sugars: 28g
  • ABV: 8.23%


This is a favorite mixed drink of ours year-round, but it is especially fun during the summer season. Mixed drinks are often where the sugar content can skyrocket, so you'll want to opt for the smallest size at restaurants, even though the fish bowl may look appealing! And the frozen ones usually have double! Below you will find the nutritional info for a 10-ounce margarita on the rocks from Texas Roadhouse:

  • Calories: 170
  • Carbs: 16g
  • Sugars: 14g
  • ABV: 33%

Craft Beer

Craft beer is often much more full-flavored, but likely going to be much more caloric than your mainstream light beers, and can run upwards of 200 calories for a 12-ounce bottle. There are very heavy beers out there, but here's the nutritional info for a solid, middle-of the road 12-ounce bottle of New Belgium Fat Tire:

  • Calories: 160
  • Carbs: 17g
  • Sugars: 0g
  • ABV: 5.2%

White Wine

White wine is often sweeter than its red counterpart, but is typically more popular in the sweltering summer heat. White wines typically run between 107-147 calories per six-ounce glass. Below you will find the nutritional info for a five-ounce glass of Sutter Home Chardonnay:

  • Calories: 120
  • Carbs: 3.8g
  • Sugars: 1-3g
  • ABV: 13.1%

Red Wine

Red wine gets the health halo for its "heart healthy" antioxidants like resveratrol, and-especially if it's on the dry side-is also typically lower in sugar than a lot of the white wines out there. Here's the nutritional info for five ounces of Sutter Home Pinot Noir:

  • Calories: 118
  • Carbs: 4.45
  • Sugars: 1g
  • ABV: 13.2%


This bubbly beverage can be a bit higher in sugar than drier wines, but it is relatively low in calories in comparison. Below you will find nutritional info for a five-ounce serving of Korbel Brut Champagne:

  • Calories: 110
  • Carbs: 4g
  • Sugars: 4g
  • ABV: 11.4%

Hard Seltzer

Hard seltzer has quickly become the 2019 summer beverage of choice, and it's certainly a favorite of some of our staff! Different brands only have slight variations in calories, carbs, sugar and alcohol content, so our pick is likely identical to your favorite variety. Below, you'll find nutritional info for a 12-ounce can of Truly Wild Berry:

  • Calories: 100
  • Carbs: 2g
  • Sugars: 1g
  • ABV: 5%

Light Beer

There's really no government regulated description for "light beer," but they typically land between 90-120 calories per 12-ounce bottle. Below, you'll find nutritional information for a 12-ounce bottle of Corona Light:

  • Calories: 99
  • Carbs: 5g
  • Sugars: 0g
  • ABV: 4%

The Bottom Line

There's really no such thing as a "healthy alcohol," but some certainly fit into a healthy diet better than others. However, just because a hard seltzer contains a quarter of the sugar of a margarita doesn't mean you can drink as much as you want! Even if you've chosen a lighter drink, it's important to stick to current regulations for moderate drinking-one drink per day for women and two for men. As with just about anything else, enjoy alcohol in moderation, and now you can rest easy knowing you've made an informed choice.