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How Many Calories In Tequila – Counting Calories In Tequila Cocktails

By Rob Poulos...

If you’ve ever wondered, how many calories are in tequila, then you’re starting to take charge of your weight loss plans. By learning about the calories found in tequila, you recognize that you must also count liquid calories in order to lose weight.

But it isn’t just the calories found in tequila that matter; it’s also the calories in the cocktail ingredients that matter. When you know how many calories tequila adds to cocktails then you can design an exercise program to burn the appropriate amount of calories for weight loss.

Tequila Calories

Finding the answer to how many calories are in tequila can help you customize low calorie tequila cocktails for weight loss. One ounce of tequila has just 64 calories, while a serving of tequila—1.5 fluid ounces—has 97 calories.

These are important numbers to know as they will help you keep track of the calories in tequila drinks you consume.

Generally, a tequila cocktail has 1.5 ounces of tequila in it, so what you add to it makes a huge difference in the calorie count. Knowing how many calories are just in tequila lets you find low calorie mixers to aid weight loss.

Tequila Shots

The best low calorie drink for your weight loss could be the tequila shot. The calories in a shot of tequila are just 99 if you use the salt and lime-wedge version of the tequila shot. A double tequila shot has 4 ounces, which means you’ll get 128 calories double shots.

Although shots by their very nature don’t tend to last long; they do pack such an alcoholic punch that you won’t feel compelled to have too many shots over the course of an evening.

Some tequila drinkers prefer to make the most of the calories in a shot by ordering a double shot chilled or on the rocks. This makes it easier to simply sip your cocktail over the course of the evening without adding more calories than you could possibly burn off in a week.

Tequila Mixers

Sodas and juices are the most common tequila mixers, which also happen to be the highest calorie mixers. By keeping the mixers confined to fresh juice and diet sodas, you can greatly reduce the calories found in most tequila cocktails.

When it comes to tequila cocktails with multiple ingredients however, it is virtually impossible to keep the calorie count down. Because liqueurs average about 100 calories per ounce and syrups range from 70 to 100 calories per ounce, even a small amount of these mixers can add plenty of calories to your tequila cocktail.

Minimize the calories in your cocktails by following the keep it simple rule of thumb. Stick to drinks with no more than 3 ingredients and drinks served in cocktails or rocks glasses. These tips will allow you to enjoy the tequila cocktails without worrying endlessly about how many calories are in them.

Low Calorie Tequila Cocktails

Whether you want to make your own cocktails or order them at the bar knowing the ingredients in your favorite low calorie tequila drinks will make either of these that much easier.

If you want a traditionally large tequila cocktail but without all the calories, tell the bartender to make it in a rocks or old-fashioned glass. This way you can enjoy some of your favorite high calorie drinks without quite so many calories.

Here are a few low calorie tequila cocktails to help you learn to love low calorie cocktails while you lose weight.

Tequila Fizz

1.5 oz. tequila

3 oz. Diet Sprite

Ice cubes

Citrus wedge

Directions: Place ice cubes in rocks or high ball glass. Pour tequila over ice then fill glass with sprite. Garnish with lemon or lime wedge.

How many calories in a Tequila Fizz? 99

Tequila & Coke

1.5 oz. tequila

6 oz. Coca-Cola Light (Mexican Coke)

1 lime wedge 2

Ice cubes

Directions: Pour ice into highball glass. Pour tequila over ice, then fill with soda. Garnish with lime wedge.

How many calories in a Tequila & Coke? 99

Tequila Puckerita

1 oz. tequila 64

0.5 oz. Apple Puckers

1 lime wedge 2

Crushed Ice

Directions: Fill highball or Collins glass with crushed ice. Pour in tequila and puckers, then the juice of lime wedge. Stir until blended.

How many calories in a Tequila Puckerita? 102

Tequila Stinger

1.5 oz. tequila 97

1 tsp. licorice liqueur

1 tsp. crème de menthe

Lemon twist


Directions: Combine ice, tequila and liqueurs in a cocktail shaker. Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon twist.

How many calories in a Tequila Stinger? 130

Drinking tequila while losing weight is something that you can enjoy without worry. All you have to do is make sure you count the calories in mixers and tequila before you order and be sure your cocktails are measured properly. Be specific with your bartender about what you want to make sure you always know how many calories are tequila cocktails.

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Ryan

    wow good information must try to drink tequila but I don`t like that kind of drink I am for the beer and wine……

  2. Charlie

    The math on the Tequila Shots is wrong; you’re saying a double shot is 4oz at 128 calories. If 1oz is 64, then 4oz is 256!

  3. Amy

    @Charlie: the article says 128 calories per double shot – not per 4 ounces…128 *2 = 256

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