We all have those drinks that we need to stay away from. Maybe whiskey gets your fires burning and maybe tequila helps your clothes fall off. But there are also those sneaky bastards that either get us too drunk or too bloated with huge amounts of unnecessary calories. Reader be warned! We would hate to ruin your favorite drink with information you would rather not know. Ignorance is bliss right? But to help you steer clear from those “dangerous” drinks, here is a helpful list of drinks you may want to stray from. *Note: Calorie and nutrition information may vary from drink to drink.
Cream or Ice Cream
A Mudslide is basically an alcoholic chocolate shake with a lot of dairy, a lot of calories, saturated fat and cholesterol. One Mudslide can contain around 755 calories, 32 grams of fat, and 80 grams of sugar.
Sweet and Sour Mix
The infamous Long Island Ice Tea has been the source of many drunken nights and many blackouts. We think. But this is to be expected with a drink that is over 90% liquor and does not taste like it. There has to be some sort of magic involved for a drink to have that much liquor but taste as harmless as it does. Because of that this sneaky devil can get you too drunk, too fast, so drink with caution.
On top of its strength, the Long Island Ice Tea also contains about 780 calories! Each ounce of liquor hovers around 100+ calories each and the only other things diluting the drink are packed with sugars.
Bacon is one of the cruelest jokes played on the human body. Bacon taste amazing and makes everything else takes amazing, however bacon is very bad for you. Ugh, no getting around it. The amount of fat, sodium and nitrates in bacon are huge; and all these great things are transferred over when you try to infuze bacon with a liquor like bourbon. Though some bacon fusions use a process called fat-washing which attempts to remove that fat, the sodium and nitrates still remain.
Also known as Alcy-pops, examples of these drinks include Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Smirnoff Ice, and the infamous Four Loko. These drinks are similar to beer except they are packed with sugar to give that sweet taste. An 11.2-ounce bottle of Mike’s Hard Lemonade contains 220 calories and about 30 grams of sugar. Though Smirnoff goes the no-sugar route, they replace it with the same amount of artificial sweetness which can be just as bad. We won’t even get into the behemoth of Four Loko which is simply a beast of caffeine, sugar, and alcohol (though they recently were forced to change their recipe).
Like the Mudslide, the big problem here is the dairy, namely the coconut cream. A cup of which contains about 792 calories and has 83 grams of fat (24 grams saturated fat). Though you wont be have a full cup of coconut cream in your Colada, you still have all that other stuff. An average Piña Colada contains about 650 calories which is more than a Big Mac’s 576.
So we have established that sugar and dairy is bad. Well sadly, eggnog has all of those things and eggs on top of it. A cup of eggnog can contain around 367.4 mg of cholesterol which is 122% of your recommended daily allotment. Though eggnog is not as bad as a mudslide it will definitely help put on that “winter coat” of body mass.
Moonshine is low in calories and low in sugar but it has a few nasty side effects like if it is not regulated correctly it could make you go blind and even kill you. The reason being that true moonshine is distilled without adhering to government regulations which help to keep it safe. Legal distillers of Moonshine like Ole’ Smokey have gone through the correct channels to make sure their shine is good so no need to worry there. However, be wary the next time someone offers you some of their home brew moonshine.
So what have we learned? Beware of sugar, beware of dairy, beware of hillbillies peddling home-made moonshine in a jar and as with all drinking be sure to drink in MODERATION.