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The Calories in Coffee Liqueur

by
author image Linda Tarr Kent
Linda Tarr Kent is a reporter and editor with more than 20 years experience at Gannett Company Inc., The McClatchy Company, Sound Publishing Inc., Mach Publishing, MomFit The Movement and other companies. Her area of expertise is health and fitness. She is a Bosu fitness and stand-up paddle surfing instructor. Kent holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Washington State University.
The Calories in Coffee Liqueur
Coffee liqueur makes for a sweet cocktail. Photo Credit Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Coffee liqueurs taste sweet but aren’t always friendly to your waistline -- even when you drink them on the rocks or in no-calorie coffee. You up your calorie count even more when you mix this liqueur into certain cocktails.

Identification

A 1-oz. shot of coffee liqueur has about 125 calories. A more typical 1.5-oz. shot nets you 188 calories. That’s 6 percent of your daily calories per serving for a 1-oz. shot, or 9 percent of your daily calories in a 1.5-oz. shot, based on a 2,000-calorie diet. You can find coffee liqueur in flavored varieties as well, such as vanilla or chocolate. Depending on the liqueur’s brand and the flavor, the flavored version may have more or less sugar than the regular variety, which will change the calorie count slightly.

Considerations

Coffee liqueur is higher in calories than distilled alcohols shot for shot. A shot of rum or vodka will add 65 calories per 1-oz. shot to your daily count compared to the 125 in the liqueur, according to the College Drinking Prevention website.

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Warning

Making a cocktail with a coffee liqueur can up your calorie count considerably. Take the popular black Russian, for example. A 4-oz. serving has about 326 calories. Make it into a white Russian with 1 tbsp. of half-and-half and you add another 20 calories.

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