I had a girlfriend once who lived on nothing but vodka and peanut butter M&M’s after her husband left her.
She lost a ton of weight but it begs the question, how many calories are in vodka?
I often wonder because vodka is the guest of honor in two of my most popular cocktail recipes:
Calories in Vodka
Vodka contains 64 calories an ounce, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Most cocktails are going to use an ounce or 1.5 ounces of vodka per drink.
A 1.5 ounce serving of vodka contains 97 calories.
That makes vodka a pretty low calorie drink.
However, that drink is devoid of any nutritional value.
The USDA has a chart showing what vitamins and minerals that vodka contains. There are trace minerals to be had.
See, girlfriend knew what she was doing by adding protein to her diet via the peanut butter M&M’s!
However, vodka will have slightly more calories the higher the proof is.
Proof is the measure of ethanol or alcohol in a spirit.
My favorite vodka to use in making mixed drinks is Absolut, which is 80-proof. That’s 96 calories for 1.5 ounces.
Meanwhile, 1.5 ounces of 100-proof vodka contains about 30 more calories–for a total of 124.
Frequently Asked Vodka Nutrition Questions
How Many Carbs in Vodka?
More good news for you if you are concerned about your carb intake i.e. are on Fatkins or following a Ketogenic diet.
Vodka contains zero carbs.
Does Vodka Have Sugar?
More good news my friend, vodka doesn’t have any sugar.
Do Flavored Vodkas Contain Sugar?
Absolut flavored vodkas do not contain any sugar.
Why doesn’t vodka have carbs when it’s made from carb-laden ingredients like potato and wheat?
The carbs in vodka are removed during the fermenting and distilling process.
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