If one of your favorite summer experiences is sitting on your deck in the warm air, you might enjoy sipping a mixed drink while you bask in nature. One drink to consider is a mixture of vodka and lemonade, which you can enjoy in a tall glass and served over ice. The caloric content of this tangy beverage depends on the type of lemonade and the amounts of lemonade and vodka you use.
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Lemonade Variety Plays a Role
Although you can add any amount of vodka to your mixed drink, a safe approach is to use a standard 1.5-ounce serving of vodka with 3 ounces of lemonade. This amount of 80-proof vodka contains 97 calories, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. A 3-ounce serving of white lemonade from concentrate has 37 calories, notes the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The same amount of pink lemonade has 40 calories. Regardless of the lemonade you use, your mixed drink contains more than 130 calories. For a low-calorie alternative, consider artificially sweetened lemonade. A 3-ounce serving of this variety contains just three calories. If you opt for a type of vodka higher than 80 proof, expect it to contain more calories.
- Rethinking Drinking: Alcohol Calorie Calculator
- U.S. Department of Agriculture National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference: Lemonade, Frozen Concentrate, White, Prepared With Water
- U.S. Department of Agriculture National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference: Lemonade, Frozen Concentrate, Pink, Prepared With Water
- U.S. Department of Agriculture National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference: Lemonade, Low Calorie, With Non-Nutritive Sweetener, Powder, Prepared With Water