Do you enjoy a drink of Crown Royal from time to time? Interested in learning more about how its nutrition may affect your weight loss efforts? As one of the first spirits to provide nutrition information right on the bottle, you'll be better equipped to make healthy choices about consumption.
According to Diageo, the company that owns the brand, a 35 milliliter (1.18 fluid ounces) serving of regular Crown Royal contains 77 calories and 11 grams of alcohol. It contains no carbs or sugar. It is 40 percent alcohol by volume or 80 proof.
What is Crown Royal?
Crown Royal is a Canadian whiskey owned by Diageo. It comes in a variety of options and flavors. The official website lists the following products:
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Most of the Crown Royal products contain 40 percent alcohol. Certain flavors, such as Black, contain 45 percent alcohol. Flavors such as Crown Royal Apple contain less alcohol at 35 percent.
The official Crown Royal website provides a variety of mixed drink recipes to cater to their audience. These include: Whiskey and Cola, Whiskey and Ginger Ale, Apple Pie a la Mode and many others to choose from based on the variety of liquor and the occasion.
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Crown Apple Nutrition Facts
Crown Royal Apple, also known as Crown Royal Regal Apple, is a 35 percent alcohol, or 70 proof product. Crown Apple nutrition facts indicate a 35-milliliter serving contains 82 Crown Apple calories and 10 grams of alcohol. There are 3 grams of carbs in Crown Apple, of which 2.8 grams is sugar. There are more Crown Apple calories than in the regular whiskey even though there is less alcohol because of the sugar.
Once you add mixers such as cola, grenadine, lemon juice or cranberry juice as called for by many of the recipes on the website, you're adding more calories, carbs and sugar to your drinks.
When you consider the standard drink is 1.5 fluid ounces of liquor, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, you're consuming more calories than the serving size indicates. Around 1.5 fluid ounces translates to approximately 40 milliliters and contains 14 grams of alcohol.
Crown Royal vs. Other Whiskey
In terms of nutrition, the USDA indicates that all 80 proof liquor, whether it be whiskey, gin, vodka or rum, has 97 calories per 1.5 fluid ounce serving.
When you compare Crown Apple nutrition facts to that of other whiskeys, you may find additional calories because of sugar and other ingredients added to make a liqueur. Baileys Irish Cream, for instance, contains Irish whiskey with a blend of cream and chocolate. It contains less alcohol by volume, but many more calories because of the cream.
At the most basic level, according to Cornell Law School's Legal Information Institute, the difference in flavor and nutrition from one whiskey to the next has to do with what the liquor is originally distilled from and where it is made. "Whisky" refers to any whiskey liquor produced in the United States, whereas "whiskey" is produced elsewhere in the country.
- Diageo DrinkIQ: "What's In Your Drink?"
- Crown Royal: "Recipes"
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Dietary Guidelines for Americans"
- National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: "What Is A Standard Drink?"
- U.S. Department of Agriculture Food DataCentral: "Alcoholic Beverage, Distilled, All (Gin, Rum, Vodka, Whiskey) 80 Proof
- Baileys: "Product and Company Information"
- Cornell Law School Legal Information Institute: "Standards of Identity for Distilled Spirits"