Archive for November, 2010

Calories in Vodka: Does Brand Matter?

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

vodka tonic caloriesOne question seems to come up somewhat often: for calorie purposes, does the brand of vodka make any difference? Is Grey Goose calorically any better or worse than Smirnoff, Absolut, Skyy or well vodka? NOPE!

So, that’s why the liquor calories page only lists vodka by proof, which is 80 or 100. Unless specifically noted, vodka is 80 proof, though Absolut, Smirnoff and Stoli do offer the 100 proof variety. The rule of thumb:

Calories in a Shot of Vodka (1.5 ounces)

  • 97 – 80 proof
  • 121 – 100 proof

Note that there is one exception to the 97 and 121 rule in Devotion Vodka. Devotion has added protein, so even though it’s 80 proof, it checks in at 105 calories. Aside from the exception, in anything labeled “vodka,” all of the carbohydrates have been fermented into alcohol. There’s no residual sugar, and the calorie count is a direct result of its proof. So, what makes premium vodka any different than the stuff in plastic bottles? (more…)

Should Four Loko be Banned?

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Four Loko bannedA few weeks ago, students at Central Washington drank an inadvisable amount of Four Loko, a caffeine-infused malt beverage, or alcopop if you’re from the UK. Malt liquor is similar to beer and is more commonly associated with Olde English and Steel Reserve. Those taste like strong beer minus the hoppiness, but Four Loko strips out the barley/beer flavor and adds a ton of sugar which creates a kinda sweet-tasting carbonated beverage that is a strong 12% ABV. So, does a caffeinated, sweet 12% ABV alcoholic drink necessitate being banned?

In a word, no. Like anything else, it’s drinker beware. Supposedly the college kids were mixing it with vodka, among other things. This is incredibly, incredibly stupid. Each 23.5 ounce Four Loko can is equivalent to: (more…)