The 6 Worst Winter Cocktails You Can Drink


When the days get dismally short and the air is cold enough to actually hurt your face, few things lift your spirits like a wintry cocktail.

Sadly (you saw this coming, right?), many cold-weather libations pack insane amounts of calories and added sugars. (Not all cocktails are created equal. Want to know which winter drinks do the most damage? Here are the  absolute worst offenders.

Boozy Eggnog
You're probably not harboring any delusions that eggnog is healthful, but it never hurts to have a reminder that a single cup packs 360 calories, 10 g of saturated fat, and 42 g of sugar. Add a jigger of rum and the calorie count jumps up to a whopping 457

Mulled Wine
Wine by itself can be a smart choice, but dumping a half-cup of sugar or honey into the mix (as many mulled wine recipes instruct) makes for a dietary disaster. A single serving of the stuff can have 300 calories and 28 g of sugar.

Spiked Hot Cocoa


Hot cocoa is bad enough on its own, since each serving can have anywhere from 200 to 400 calories and 31 to 41 g of sugar, depending on what kind of milk you use. But things get really hairy when you add booze: 1.5 ounces of rum tacks on another 97 calories, while a splash of a sweeter spirit, like coffee-flavored liqueur, adds 160 calories and another 17 g of sugar. That means a single mug can have as many as 560 calories and 58 g of sugar—that's more sweet stuff than the FDA says you should eat in an entire day.

White Russian
This cocktail is short on ingredients (cream, vodka, coffee liqueur), but high on calories: One cocktail has 340 calories and about a dozen grams of sugar. Want whipped cream topping? Add another 40 calories and 2 g of the sweet stuff.

Irish Coffee



At first glance, you'd think that Irish coffee might not be such a bad choice. The base of the drink is just plain black coffee, which has no sugar and very, very few calories. But the sweet liqueurs called for in most recipes start tanking coffee's healthiness pretty quickly. We've found recipes that deliver 320 calories and 13 g of sugar per serving. Plus, one study found that people who mix caffeine and alcohol were far more likely to get into an accident than those who didn't.

Hot Buttered Rum
No surprise here: The cocktail with the word "buttered" in its very name can pack up to 500 calories and 40 g of sugar in each serving.