November 13, 2005

Reason #312 to Drink Liquor Straight

Long Island Iced TeaWe've been trying to tell you for months. Everybody wants cocktail recipes to make their liquor taste less like liquor, but we've been telling you from the beginning - your drink should contain three ingredients or less, including ice. A new article from Forbes corroborates our anti-cocktail bias, but from a new standpoint, and we're sorry ladies...they make you fat.

After a night of drinking cocktails, most people will not only wake up the next morning with a screaming hangover, they'll wake up fatter too.

That's because the average serving of one ounce of 80-proof alcohol contains about 90 calories. And that's before mixers are added. While many people who spend hours on treadmills or yoga mats may smugly eschew dessert or ban butter from their diets, often they will happily consume a cocktail--or three--without giving it a second thought. But they do so at considerable peril to their waistlines. A Pina Colada, for example, has more calories than a Big Mac.

According to the slide show of fattening cocktails, the Long Island Iced Tea is the biggest villain, but there are plenty of other drinks you'd think would be low-calorie and Atkins-friendly that will help you pile on the pounds. Why won't you listen to the Liquor Snob? Drink your liquor straight - the grimace is the price you pay for the buzz.

Read the full article at Forbes.com; thanks Craig.

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at November 13, 2005 9:00 AM
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We did some quick research on the subject, and as far as we can tell, it's all about who you believe, or at least what brand you buy.

Schweppes and Polar both clock in at about 90 calories, and we found others that went as high as 135 calories. Plus you'll have to factor in your booze of choice. All we're saying is drink your liquor straight, and then you don't have to worry about counting calories in your occasional bacon fat chaser.


Posted by: Liquor Snob at November 14, 2005 4:28 PM

Sounds like a neoprohibitionist scare tactic. "Not only will the demon liquor turn you into a raving alcoholic, it will make you FAT!" What better way to scare vacuous yuppies into not drinking.

I could buy it until I got to the gin/vodka tonic slide.

Wait a second, isn't this a low calorie drink? That's what most people think, but in actuality, it's packed with sugar from the tonic water.

What sugar? Last time I had me a few gin and tonics that shit was bitter as hell. That was the whole point. The drink was bitter but after about three or four gin and tonics with my daily round of Doom 3, life is oh, so sweet.

I call bullshit.


Posted by: misterpriapus at November 14, 2005 3:55 PM
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