What Is the Lowest Calorie Alcoholic Beverage?

By Shawn Candela

Although Budweiser is the best selling beer in the world, the king in the United States is Bud Light. Its calorie count is certainly part of the reason, but if you're looking for truly low-calorie drinks, there are some that will serve you even better.

Wine is a lower-calorie alcoholic drink.


Bud Light might be the most popular light beer, but its 110 calories per 12 oz. are double the calories in another Anheuser-Busch product, Budweiser Select 55. Some imports and specialty beers can contain even fewer calories.


Wine is typically one of the lower-calorie alcoholic drinks. A 4 oz. glass of white zinfandel contains 80 calories. Red wines tend to have slightly more than whites.

Bloody Mary

Mixing 4 oz. of tomato juice with 1 oz. of vodka, then adding a dash of Tabasco sauce and pepper totals about 90 calories.

Mixed Drinks

A rum and cola (commonly called a rum and Coke) contains 65 calories, provided you mix 1 oz. of rum with diet cola. In fact, 1 oz. of most distilled alcohols can be mixed with diet cola for similar low calories.

The Enemy

There are many low-calorie alcoholic drinks to choose from, none of which can claim the title of lowest. But there is one mixed drink that might be the worst: the Long Island iced tea. It contains vodka, tequila, rum, gun, triple sec, sweet and sour mix and cola. An 8 oz. serving can contain nearly 800 calories.