Here’s how many calories are in your cocktail

It's that time again, when we raise a glass in celebration of all that we accomplished this year, and all that lies ahead. But do you know exactly what's in that party cup? While no cocktail is necessarily "healthy," it's no secret that some alcoholic beverages can pack significantly more calories than others. And when you add in sugary mixers, there's no telling how much progress you're undoing by night's end.

The calorie count verdict:

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Champagne: 105-125 calories
White wine: 110-125 calories
Red wine: 110-130 calories
Old fashioned: 118 calories
Mimosa: 87 calories
Margarita: 120 calories
Mojito: 135 calories
Vodka tonic: 137 calories
Rum and coke: 143 calories
Screwdriver: 145 calories
Daiquiri: 148 calories
Gin and tonic: 151 calories
White Russian: 152 calories
Whiskey sour: 156 calories
Martini: 161 calories
Pina colada: 170 calories
Dark n' stormy: 172 calories
Sex on the beach: 179 calories
Tequila sunrise: 200 calories
Vodka and Red Bull: 206 calories
Cosmo: 218 calories
Long Island iced tea: 218 calories
Vodka Jell-o shot: 94 calories
Vodka shot: 96 calories
Rum shot: 96 calories
SoCoand lime shot: 100 calories
Tequila shot: 104 calories
Whiskey shot: 105 calories
Jagermeister: 155 calories
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So how do you spot the calorie bombs from the slightly-less-sinful mixed drinks? Is clear really better? (Gin and tonic, we're onto you!) And what about those Dude-approved White Russians? See how your favorite vinos, cocktails and shots stack up in the calorie comparison below. Plus, get tips on how to tweak your order to shave off excess cals and unwanted additives. Once you've picked your poison, always remember to sip responsibly!

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Sip or Skip?

How does your favorite cocktail rank in the cheat sheet above? Are any of the counts sobering enough to make you re-think your order? Good news is: It's easy to put a healthier spin on your nights out, from choosing club soda over tonic to saying no to prepackaged mixers. For a few quick ideas, check out these 10 Tips for Lower-Calorie Cocktails.

Originally posted on September 26, 2013. Updated December 2017.

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Read on for simple healthy swaps that can change the way you live and eat.

Replace Granola with Oatmeal

Have you ever read the nutritional facts on a box of granola? The deceptively healthy breakfast can be incredibly sugar-filled. Instead, make a big pot of steel-cut oats and enjoy a small portion all week. Oatmeal is healthier and definitely less sugary than granola.

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Replace Sour Cream with Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt is an extremely versatile food. Add fruit and it's sweet, spoon it on tacos and it's savory. Replace sour cream with Greek yogurt, which has a lot more protein and a lot less fat.

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Replace Pretzels with Almonds

If you're looking for a satisfying and crunchy snack, raw or roasted almonds are a filling and nutritious choice.

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Replace Pita and Hummus with Veggies and Hummus

By dipping veggies into your hummus you'll decrease the calories in the snack while increasing the nutritional benefits.

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Replace Spaghetti with Spaghetti Squash

For a healthier noodle, try spaghetti squash, which is lower in calories, but high in fiber.

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Replace Iceberg Lettuce with Kale

Yes, salad is almost always the healthy choice, but there is a hierarchy when it comes to greens and unfortunately iceberg lettuce is one of the least nutritional greens. If you can't give up crunchy iceberg lettuce, just mix kale or spinach into a salad and you'll have a perfectly healthy meal.

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Replace Potatoes with Cauliflower

Mashed potatoes are a super delicious comfort food, but by mashing up cauliflower instead of potatoes, you'll significantly lower the amount of calories in the dish.

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Replace Butter with Almond Butter

Instead of lathering butter on to a bagel or toast, try almond butter. The nut butter boasts healthy fats and will keep you satisfied for longer.

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Replace Creamy Soups with Clear Broths

Soup can make for a great, healthy dish, but the calories can add up if the broth is filled with milk or cream. Go for chicken or vegetable broth-based soups, or better yet, make your own at home!

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Replace Milk with Almond Milk

Based on calories alone, almond milk has fewer calories than skim milk.

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Replace Beef with Mushrooms

Mushroom burgers are all the rage in the food world and make for tasty burgers. If you're not willing to give up beef entirely, shake up your burger recipe by adding mushroom, which will help to cut down on fat, but add nutritional value.

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Replace White Bread with Whole Wheat Bread

By using whole wheat bread in sandwiches or for toast you'll be enjoying more fiber and than you would by eating white bread. According to SparkPeople, whole wheat bread still has fewer calories than white bread too.

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Replace Rice with Quinoa

Rice always makes for a great side dish, but quinoa is not only more versatile, but a whole lot healthier. Quinoa contains protein, vitamins and nutrients, and it even has fewer calories than brown rice with 185 in a cup compared to 195.

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Replace Mayo with Avocado

The heart-healthy fats in avocados actually make it the perfect spread for toast or a tasty addition to egg salad. In terms for nutritional value, avocados beat mayo by a landslide.

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Replace Ketchup with Mustard

Unfortunately, ketchup actually contains a lot of sugar. One tablespoon of ketchup has four grams of sugar and 20 calories even though this doesn't sound like much, it can quickly add up. On the other hand mustard has no sugar and three calories per tablespoon.

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