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Calories in Whiskey

Revealed: The Shocking Amount of Calories Present in Whiskey

It is obvious that calories obtained from whiskey can ruin your diet. This article provides information on the calorie content of 'whiskey on the rocks' and 'whiskey with soda/coke'. Scroll down to know some important whiskey facts...
Leena Palande
Last Updated: Mar 10, 2018
This is the age of six-pack abs and size zero. People not only watch what they eat, but also keep a tab on what they drink. Men and women, who wish to have a perfect figure need to cut down not only on sodas and sugary drinks but also on alcoholic drinks. Ordering a lowest-calorie alcoholic drink can help maintain your weight and overall health.
Whiskey Calories

The numbers presented in the table should be considered as guidelines only. Calories in a glass of whiskey depend on a number of things: the type of whiskey, the type of coke or soda, the amount of whiskey and the amount of coke or soda or water (or ice cubes).
Description Quantity Served Calories
Whiskey Shot 1 shot / 1 fl oz / 27.8g 64
Whiskey on the Rocks 8 oz 124
Whiskey and Soda Single (25 ml) 56
Whiskey and Diet Coke Single (25 ml) 64
Whiskey and Coke Single (25 ml) 129
Whiskey Sour 1 oz 110-128
Calories in Scotch 1 oz 61-65

Some Specific Details
  • 25 ml Scotch whisky (when it is scotch, it is 'whisky' and not 'whiskey') and 100 ml Coca-Cola would normally contain about 65 calories from whiskey and about 45 calories from the Coca-Cola, making it about 110 calories in total.
  • 35 ml of Scotch and 90 ml of Coca-Cola offer about 120 calories.
  • Jack Daniels, in itself, has a calorie content of approx. 58 calories, per 25ml. However, the calorie count can go up or down to a large extent, depending on the accompaniment. You can always go with water instead of coke, to cut down on calories. You can also try JD on the rocks. Nothing beats the taste of JD, served with a glass full of ice.
  • But, a Southern Comfort and diet coke drink will contain less than 80 calories for a 25 ml serving.
Whiskey Facts
Every whiskey connoisseur thinks that his favorite whiskey is the best whiskey in the world! Whiskey is distilled from fermented grain mash. The different grains used for different varieties of whiskeys are barley, rye, malted rye, malted barley, wheat and corn. The wooden casks which are generally made of oak wood, are used to preserve whiskeys over years. Aged whiskeys are matured whiskeys and they are considered as high quality whiskeys. Whiskey types differ in base product, alcoholic content and quality. Most whiskeys are sold at an alcoholic strength of about 40% abv (alcohol by volume).
Malt is made from malted barley while grain is made from malted and un-malted barley along with other grains. Blended whiskeys are combinations of malt and grain whiskeys. Scotch whisky or Irish whiskey is also a blended whiskey. A blend generally comes from many distilleries and the blender is responsible for producing a flavor consistent with his brand. So the brand name (For instance, Chivas Regal, Canadian Club) usually does not contain the name of a distillery. Whatever may be the class or type of the whiskey, the way the grains are fermented and the way the spirit is distilled down to a maximum of 80% alcohol for corn and 90% alcohol for other grains, prior to adding water, are unique. The methods ensure that some of the flavor of the grain used to make the spirit is retained and the spirit is not classified as grain neutral spirits or vodka.
Calories in whiskey vary according to the grains used to make the whiskey; while the calories in coke vary largely according to the amount of sugar in it. One gram of alcohol offers 7 calories and the number of calories in alcohol is second only after fat (9 cals/gm). Calories in alcohol definitely lead to increased body fat.
Age of a Whiskey

Whiskeys mature only in casks and not in bottles, so the 'age' of a whiskey is actually the time for which the whiskey is in the cask or the time between distillation and bottling. How much the cask has interacted with the whiskey or the age of the whiskey determines the change in its chemical makeup and taste. Whiskeys which have been bottled long ago can be considered as 'rare', but are not 'older' or 'better' than a recently made whiskey matured in wood for a similar time.
You should never skip meals to allow for drinks. Plan your alcohol according to your daily calorie intake; so as to enjoy a glass or two. If you want to drink more at the weekend, you can save some calories each day in advance, so that you can eat normally. So, happy drinking!!