Along with food, a big part of healthy tailgating on game day comes down to the drinks. Most people want to consume the perfect amount where they have a good time before the game without needing a halftime nap.

When choosing your beverage on game day, you have to carefully choose the right beverage to drink all day with a moderate amount of alcohol content.

But making the choice on game day drinks has another hurdle because those who are watching their waistlines don’t want to add unnecessary calories. Craft beer is usually out of the question because of the high calorie count (some as much as 1,000 calories per glass!) and outside of taking straight shots, mixed drinks are also a big caloric culprit.

To avoid adding unnecessary calories, you can make simple adjustments that won’t add 20 pounds by the end of the season but still allow you to have a damn good time.

Check out the best and worst drinks to have on game day below…

Top 10 Drinks with the Most Calories

LONG ISLAND ICED TEA

Serving Size: ≈ 7 oz.
Calories: up to 780
Ingredients: 1 part rum, 1 part gin, 1 part triple sec, 1.5 parts sweet and sour mix, splash of coke

MARGARITA

Serving Size: ≈ 8.5 oz.
Calories: up to 740
Ingredients: 4 oz. limeade (usually premixed), 4 oz. tequila, .5 oz. triple sec

PIÑA COLADA

Serving size: 6 oz.
Calories: up to 644
Ingredients: 3 oz. light rum, 3 tbsp. coconut milk, 3 tbsp. crushed pineapples

MAI TAI

Serving size: 9 oz.
Calories: up to 620
Ingredients: 3 oz. light rum, 2 oz. dark rum, 1 oz. crème de almond, 1 oz. triple sec, 1 oz. sweet & sour mix, 1 oz. pineapple juice

MUDSLIDE

Serving size: 12.5 oz.
Calories: up to 594
Ingredients: ¼ cup Irish cream, ¼ cup coffee liqueur, 1 cup vanilla ice cream, 1 tbsp. chocolate syrup

GRASSHOPPER MARTINI

Serving size: 7 oz.
Calories: up to 525
Ingredients: 6 oz. vanilla vodka, ½ oz. Godiva white chocolate liqueur, ½ oz. green crème de menthe

CHOCOTINI

Serving size: 6 oz.
Calories: up to 438
Ingredients: 2 oz. vodka, 2 oz. chocolate liqueur, 2 oz. cream, ½ oz. dark crème de cacao, melted chocolate confectionary coating

WHITE RUSSIAN

Serving size: 5 oz.
Calories: up to 425
Ingredients: 2 oz. vodka, 1.5 oz. coffee liqueur, 1.5 oz. heavy cream

BRANDY EGGNOG ON THE ROCKS

Serving size: 7 oz.
Calories: up to 422
Ingredients: 1.5 oz. brandy, ¼ oz. sugar syrup, ¼ oz. tawny port, 3.5 oz. milk, ¾ oz. cream, 1 egg yolk, ice cubes, nutmeg

KEY LIME PIE MARTINI

Serving size: ≈ 5 oz. Calories: 323
Ingredients: 1.5 oz. key lime liqueur, 1.5 oz. Absolute vanilla vodka, .3 oz. lime juice, .3 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice, 1½ oz. half-and-half.

 

Top 10 Drinks with Least Calories

RUM & DIET COKE

Serving size: 6 oz. Calories: 65
Ingredients: 1 oz. rum, 5 oz. Diet Coke

ANHEUSER BUSCH, NATURAL LIGHT

Serving size: 12 oz.
Calories: 95

SHOT OF JOSE  CUERVO

Serving size: 1.5 oz.
Calories: 97

MIKE’S LIGHT HARD LEMONADE

Serving size: 11.2 oz.
Calories: 98 calories

GIN & DIET TONIC

Serving size: 7.5 oz.
Calories: 115 calories
Ingredients: 1.5 oz. gin, 6 oz. diet tonic

COSMOPOLITAN

Serving size: 3 oz.
Calories: 150
Ingredients: 1.5 oz. vodka, ½ oz. triple sec, ½ oz. lime juice,
½ oz. cranberry juice

APPLE MARTINI

Serving size: 3 oz.
Calories: 148 calories
Ingredients: 1 oz. each of vodka, sour apple and apple juice

MOJITO

Serving size: 6 oz.
Content: 160 calories
Ingredients: 2.5 oz. light rum, club soda, 1 tsp. lime juice, 2 tsp. sugar, fresh mint sprigs

BLOODY  MARY

Serving size: 10 oz.
Calories: up to 180
Ingredients: 2 oz. vodka, 8 oz. tomato juice, dash of Tabasco sauce and black pepper

JÄGERBOMB

Serving size: 6.2 oz. (if using an 8.4 oz. can of Red Bull)
Calories: 200
Ingredients: ½can Red Bull, 2 oz. Jägermeister

 

Know of any drinks we missed that you love on game days? Send us a tweet to let us know!

 

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