Rye alcohol may elicit nostalgic images of old Americana, but this unique flavor of whiskey is making a comeback, according to a November 2013 article on the The Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch website. Unlike other whiskeys, rye alcohol must be made with a mash that's at least 51 percent rye grain. However, the calorie content of rye is very similar to that of other distilled beverages, including whiskey, vodka, tequila and gin.
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On average, a 1.5-ounce shot of rye whiskey contains about 104 calories. If you sip your rye neat or on the rocks, one drink can easily fit into a well-balanced diet. If you take your rye mixed in a sugary cocktail, however, the calories can add up quickly. For example, a Sazerac made with rye, sugar, bitters and anise liqueur may contain about 164 calories per serving.