How Many Calories In A Shot Of Whiskey?

Lots of people (well, most people) like a drink of whiskey from time to time. It’s one of the smoothest alcohols out there and it’s also super versatile when it comes to mixing it.

How Many Calories in a Shot of Whiskey?

But if you love whiskey, do you know how many calories you’re consuming per whiskey shot?

Here’s the answer: A typical 1.5 fluid ounce (44-millimeter) shot glass serving of whiskey contains between 95 and 115 calories.

So there you have it. Just know that the calories will (obviously) increase if the whiskey is sweetened or flavored, or if the whiskey is mixed with soda or other ingredients!

But what about different types of whiskeys, like Scotch and bourbon? And is whiskey lower in calories than other popular alcoholic drinks, such as wine or beer? Keep reading to find out everything you need to know.

How Many Calories In A Shot Of Scotch Whiskey?

If your go-to whiskey is Scotch, you probably want to know exactly how many calories there are in Scotch whiskey. Scotch whiskey generally contains around 100 calories per 1.5 fl oz (44-millimeter) serving, which is a standard shot glass.

For comparison, here are the amount of calories for the most popular Scotch whiskey brands:

  • Johnnie Walker Black Scotch Whiskey contains 98 calories per shot
  • Johnnie Walker Red Scotch Whiskey contains 105 calories per shot
  • Buchanan Scotch Whiskey contains 98 calories per shot
  • Glenlivet 12-Year-Old Whiskey contains 97 calories per shot
  • Glenfiddich Scotch Whiskey contains 98 calories per shot

How Many Calories In A Shot Of Rye Whiskey?

Are you a rye kind of guy? Rye whiskey offers a spicy kick, but does that mean it contains more calories than other types of whiskeys?

Rye whiskey generally contains around 110 calories per 1.5 fl oz (44-millimeter) shot glass serving. And for comparison, here are the amount of calories for the most popular rye whiskey brands:

  • Bulleit Rye Whiskey contains 108 calories per shot
  • Basil Hayden’s Dark Rye Whiskey contains 97 calories per shot
  • Knob Creek Rye Whiskey contains 122 calories per shot
  • Redemption Straight Rye Whiskey contains 113 calories per shot
  • Sazerac Rye Whiskey contains 110 calories per shot

So, although not much, rye whiskey has a slightly higher amount of calories, on average, than Scotch whiskey.

How Many Calories In A Shot Of Bourbon Whiskey?

Prefer the sweetness of bourbon? It’s one of the best whiskeys for mixing thanks to its new charred oak aging process. But despite its sweetness, bourbon does not contain added sugar!

Bourbon whiskey generally contains around 105 calories per 1.5 fl oz (44-millimeter) serving, which is a standard shot glass. For comparison, here are the amount of calories for the most popular bourbon brands:

  • Bulleit Bourbon Whiskey contains 110 calories
  • Maker’s Mark Bourbon Whisky contains 97 calories
  • Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky contains 110 calories
  • Jim Beam White Label Straight Bourbon contains 100 calories 
  • Basil Hayden’s Artificially Aged Straight Bourbon 100 calories

On average, bourbon whiskey contains slightly more calories than Scotch whiskey, but slightly fewer calories than rye whiskey. 

Which Type Of Whiskey Has The Lowest Calories?

All in all, the difference between various whiskeys and the amount of calories in them is not much. The most popular whiskeys, such as Scotch whiskey, rye whiskey, and bourbon, typically contain between 95 and 115 calories per 1.5 fl oz shot.

On average (going by the most popular whiskey brands, listed above), Scotch whiskey contains about 100 calories, rye whiskey contains about 110 calories, and bourbon whiskey contains about 105 calories.

So, really, the calorie difference between whiskeys isn’t that big – and not much to worry about even if you’re watching your calorie intake and trying to lose weight!

Whiskey Vs Beer Calories

How does whiskey weigh up against beer when it comes to calories? If you like the occasional beer, you might be wondering how many calories you’re consuming per can or bottle!

How Many Calories in a Shot of Whiskey?

A typical 12 fl oz serving of beer contains around 140 to 150 calories. That’s a standard-sized can or bottle, which is about 40 to 50 calories more than a standard shot of whiskey.

Something to remember is that beer often gets consumed in larger quantities than whiskey due to its lower alcohol content, which will hike up the calories if you tend to drink more than one beer in one session.

Another thing is that beer contains more carbohydrates than whiskey (whiskey doesn’t contain any carbohydrates), which is worth knowing if you’re watching your weight!

Whiskey Vs Wine Calories

Does whiskey have fewer calories than wine? Let’s take a look, A standard 12 fl oz glass of red wine contains around 290 calories. A standard 12 fl oz glass of white wine, on the other hand, contains around 280 calories.

Compared to a standard 1.5 fl oz shot glass of whiskey, a glass of red or white wine contains around 200 more calories – almost triple the amount!

Unlike all types of whiskey, red and white wine also contains carbohydrates and sugar, which is worth keeping in mind if you’re trying to lose weight.

Is Whiskey Good For Weight Loss?

If you’re wondering whether whiskey is good for weight loss, you might be glad to know that whiskey generally contains fewer calories than other popular alcoholic drinks, like beer and wine, when consumed on its own (not sweetened or mixed).

Whiskey, including Scotch, rye, and bourbon, also doesn’t contain any carbohydrates or sugar, which is another benefit if you’re trying to lose weight.

Still, like any food or drink, the calories add up the more of it you consume, so whiskey is only good for weight loss if you’re drinking it in moderation and maintaining a consistent caloric deficit.

Bottom Line

To summarize, a typical 1.5 fl oz (44-millimeter) shot glass of whiskey contains between 95 and 115 calories.

A shot of Scotch whiskey contains around 100 calories, a shot of rye whiskey contains about 110 calories, and a shot of bourbon contains about 105 calories.

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