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How Many Calories In Brandy?

By Rob Poulos...

If you’re a fan of wine and a fan of hard liquor then chances are good that you’ll also enjoy Brandy. Brandy is a distilled wine with a distinct flavor that’s guaranteed to please.

Many of the cocktails in brandy are consumed in the form of after-dinner drinks, but there are plenty of cocktails with brandy that you can also enjoy. Of course before you start mixing up cocktails you’ll need to know the number of calories in brandy.

Alcohol Content

Before we get to the calories found in brandy we have to discuss the alcohol content of brandy. The alcohol content is one factor that determines how many calories are in brandy. There are 3 common proofs when it comes to brandy.

The proof of brandy simply refers to the percentage of alcohol contained in the drink. The most common brandy is 80 proof which has 40% alcohol, then there’s 86-proof with 43% alcohol. The lease common alcohol content of brandy is 100-proof which is 50% alcohol.

To keep the calorie count in your brandy cocktail as low as possible, stick with the 80-proof brandy. Unless you frequent liquor specialty shops, chances are good that this will be the most abundantly available brandy anyway.

Calorie Count For Brandy

Counting calories in a serving of brandy is the first step in knowing how many calories are in brandy cocktails. But first let’s talk about serving sizes.

When mixing brandy cocktails it’s important to know the 2 most common serving sizes; 1 ounce and 1.5 ounces, also known as a jigger. One ounce of brandy has 64 calories and there are 97 calories in a jigger of brandy.

Keep these calorie counts in mind when making brandy cocktails because these are your starting numbers. When you make traditional cocktails with a jigger of brandy, the minimum amount of calories in your cocktail will be 97.

Brandy Mixers

If you’ve never enjoyed the taste of brandy on your lips then it’s best to drink brandy neat or on the rocks. Since brandy is a member of the wine family, traditional mixers like soda and tonic water don’t enhance the flavor of brandy very well.

So your options to keep the calories in a serving of brandy at a minimum are; lemon & lime juice, triple sec, orange juice or orange liqueur, schnapps and vermouth. These mixers bring out the natural flavors of brandy, but you have to be careful because too much of some of these can increase the calorie count in brandy-based cocktails significantly.

Types of Brandy

Before we get into low calorie brandy cocktails you should know that there are many other types of fruit brandy in addition to grape. The different types of brandy are made from a wide variety of fruits including apricots, apples, peaches, cherries, blackberries and several others.

The calories found in different brandy variations are similar to that of traditional brandy, with the alcohol content ranging from 40 to 45% alcohol. These types of brandy are most often enjoyed on the rocks or chilled, but sometimes they can be enjoyed as a mixed cocktail.

Low Calorie Brandy Cocktails

When you try these low calorie brandy cocktails, remember to measure the ingredients out evenly for taste as well as calorie count. Too much of one ingredient will not only increase the number of calories in these cocktails, but will significantly change the flavor profile of the drink.

Brandy Alexander

1 oz. brandy

0.5 oz. crème de cacao

0.5 oz. half & half

1 dash of nutmeg

Ice cubes

Directions: Combine ice, half & half, brandy and crème de cacao into a cocktail shaker. Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with nutmeg.

How many calories are in a Brandy Alexander? 134

Brandy Sidecar

1.5 oz. brandy

½ lemon, juiced

0.25 oz. Cointreau

Lemon twist

Crushed ice

Directions: Add crushed ice, brandy, lemon juice and Cointreau to cocktail shaker and shake well. Strain into cocktail glass and garnish with lemon twist.

Brandy Apple

1.5 oz. apple brandy

1 tsp. grenadine

1 tsp. lemon juice

Ice cubes

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass and serve!

How many calories in a Brandy Apple? 111

Finding brandy cocktails without a lot of calories will take some work, but with your weight loss on the line it’s a small task.

Mix brandy with different types of liqueur to see what flavors you enjoy best, and don’t be afraid to experiment with different types of brandy. To keep the calories in brandy low, reduce the size of the cocktails. For example a brandy sour comes in quite a large glass, but if it’s something you want to try simply ordering it in a rocks glass.

Whatever you decide to blend in your glass, make sure you use exact measurements so you know how many calories in your brandy cocktail.

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  1. Pascal

    The better way to drink brandy is inside a simple coffee. If you drink it by night, you can also replace the coffee bye decafeinated coffee. Coffee has practically no calories. And with the sugary taste of brandy, you don’t need any sugar!

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