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Nutrition and Your Health:
Dietary Guidelines for Americans

U.S. Department of Agriculture

PART E: TRANSLATING THE SCIENCE INTO DIETARY GUIDANCE

Table E-3. Estimated Caloric Content of Alcoholic Beverages*

Information on some typical drinks requested and consumed by Americans was collected from several online sources. An Internet search identified a Web site with consistent dietary information and recipes (www.drinksmixer.com). Other potential resources (e.g., trade associations, consumer groups, company web sites) yielded little or no information on the caloric content of mixed drinks (made with liquor).

Alcoholic Beverage Beverage Serving Size Number of Alcohol Servings/
Beverage
Calories
Beer+ 12 oz 1 150
Light beer+ 12 oz 1 110
Dark beer+ 12 oz 1 168
Non-alcoholic beer+ 12 oz. 1 70
Distilled spirit 1.5 oz. 1 100
Dry dessert wine+++ 5 oz. 1 198
Sweet dessert wine+++ 5 oz. 1 344
Red wine+++ 5 oz. 1 105
White wine+++ 5 oz. 1 100
Sparkling white wine+++ 5 oz. 1 106
Amaretto sour++
(Sweet and sour mix, almond amaretto liqueur, tequila, orange juice)
6 oz. 4 421
B-52++
(Kahlua coffee liqueur, amaretto almond liqueur, Bailey's Irish Cream)
1.5 oz. 1 91
Bloody Mary++
(vodka, tomato juice, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, lime)
4.6 oz. 1 120
Chocolate martini++
(Vodka, crème de cacao)
2.5 oz. 1.67 188
Cosmopolitan++
(vodka, triple sec, Rose's lime juice, cranberry juice)
2.5 oz. 1.67 131
Daiquiri++
(light rum, limes, powdered sugar)
2.7 oz. 1 137
Gin and tonic++
(gin, tonic water, lime)
7 oz. 1.33 189
Hurricane++
(dark rum, light rum, orange juice, pineapple juice, grenadine, 151 proof rum, cherries, pineapple, sugar)
10.4 oz. 3 384
Irish Coffee++
(Irish whiskey, coffee, sugar, whipped cream)
10.2 oz. 1 159
Kamikaze++
(vodka, triple sec, lime juice)
3 oz. 1 180
Mai Tai++
(dark rum, light rum, sweet and sour mix, grenadine, 151 proof rum, ice)
4.9 oz. 1.82 306
Manhattan++
(whisky, vermouth, bitters)
2.1 oz. 1.33 132
Margarita++
(coarse salt, lime, white tequila, triple sec, lime juice, crushed ice)
6.3 oz. 3 327
Martini++
(gin, dry vermouth)
2 oz. 1.33 119
Mudslide++
(Vodka, coffee liqueur, Irish cream, vanilla ice cream)
12 oz. 4 820
Pina colada++
(Malibu rum, pineapple juice, cream)
8 oz. 2.13 312
Rum and coke++++
(rum, cola)
12 oz. 2.67 361
Screwdriver++
(vodka, orange juice)
7 oz. 1.33 208
Whiskey sour++
(whiskey, lemon juice, powdered sugar, cherry, lemon slice)
3 oz. 1.33 125

*Caloric content will vary by recipe.
+Anheuser-Busch website. Available at www.anheuser-busch.com. Accessed on June 2, 2004.
++Drinkmixer Web site. Available at www.drinksmixer.com. Accessed on June 2, 2004.
+++Calorie King. Available at: www.calorieking.com. Accessed on June 2, 2004.
++++Recipe provided by www.webtender.com as "typical rum and coke recipe." Serving size is based on the recipe and calorie information was calculated with Coca-Cola calorie information and rum.

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Table of Contents

A. Executive Summary

B. Introduction

C. Methodology

D. Science Base
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  • Section 1. Aiming To Meet Nutrient Intake Recommendations
     
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  • Text
     
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  • Tables
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  • Section 2. Energy
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  • Section 3. Discretionary Calories
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  • Section 4. Fats
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  • Section 5. Carbohydrates
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  • Section 6. Selected Food Groups
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  • Section 7. Fluid and Electrolytes
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  • Section 8. Ethanol
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  • Section 9. Food Safety
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  • Section 10. Major Conclusions

    E.  Translating the Science into Dietary Guidance
        
  • Text
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  • Tables and Figures
  • F.  Research Recommendations

    G. Appendices
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  • Glossary
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  • Description of USDA Analyses
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  • Summary Tables from Systematic Review
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  • IOM Tables
    (Institute of Medicine tables referenced in the 2005 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Report are available at http://www.nap.edu)

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  • History of Dietary Guidelines
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  • Summary of Recommendations
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  • Biographical Sketches of DGAC Members
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  • Acknowledgements

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