No cocktail is healthy, however, there are ones that are much worse for you than others—no question about it. Even if you don’t order the most extravagant beverage with lots of ingredients and added sugars on the menu, some of the classic cocktails that you’d get out at a bar also surprisingly pack a fair amount of sugar and calories.
Ranked from bad to the absolute worst…
Per 8 ounces: 418 calories and 12.9 grams of sugar
The mint julep, aka the signature drink at the Kentucky Derby, is made with bourbon, simple syrup, and mint leaves. According to the USDA, per 8-ounce serving, there are over 400 calories and about 13 grams of sugar.
Long Island Iced Tea
Per 8 ounces: 241 calories, 19 grams sugar
The Long Island Iced Tea packs gin, white rum, silver tequila, vodka, triple sec, simple syrup, fresh lemon juice, and cola. Traditionally, this beverage is served in a pint glass, which means you’re really consuming double the calories and sugar listed above.
Per 8 ounces: 396 calories and 21.5 grams of sugar
This creamy drink is made with vodka, Kahlúa, and heavy cream and has about 22 grams of sugar.
384 calories and 23.8 grams of sugar
One martini glass-full of the Mudslide cocktail has as much sugar as one Hershey’s chocolate bar—and that’s excluding the garnishes. This decadent drink consists of vodka, Kahlúa, Irish cream liqueur, and heavy cream. Some bartenders will likely even add in chocolate syrup along the sides of the glass, which adds even more sugar.
Per 8 ounces: 203 calories and 25.5 grams of sugar
This refreshing cocktail contains white rum, simple syrup, club soda, fresh lime juice, and mint leaves. Altogether, one 8-ounce Mojito has about 26 grams of sugar.
Per 8 ounces: 351 calories and 30.4 grams of sugar
In Tahitian, Mai Tai means “the best—out of this world.” For nearly 31 grams of sugar, we hope this cocktail is worth the sugar bomb.
Per 8 ounces: 274 calories and 36.1 grams of sugar
Who doesn’t love a tangy margarita with a salted rim? Unfortunately, it’s one of the sugariest cocktails of them all, with most mixes costing you about 36 grams of sugar per 8 ounces.
Per 8 ounces: 277 calories and 36.2 grams of sugar
According to the USDA, some whiskey sours can contain as much as 36 grams of sugar in an 8-ounce serving.
Per 8 ounces: 286 calories and 39.7 grams of sugar
One of the sugariest cocktails you can order is a frozen Daiquiri. Clocking in at around 40 grams of sugar, the cocktail, which comprises of just three ingredients light rum, fresh lime juice, and Demerara sugar syrup, is one that should be had in moderation.
Per 8 ounces: 340 calories and 39.6 grams of sugar
Do you want a Piña Colada? More like, do you want about 40 grams of sugar at least? At some restaurants, the Piña Colada may be served in a glass that’s double the size of a normal serving. Not to mention, it’s one of the most caloric cocktails by nature, consisting of white and dark rum, coconut cream, pineapple juice, and fresh pineapple.
For more, check out The Unhealthiest Restaurant Cocktails in America.