Gin is extremely popular. It is a delicious but clear liquid, it almost looks like water. Surely it isn’t too bad for you. It is true that there is usually no sugar or carbs in gin but what about calories. How many calories does gin have, is gin zero calories?
How many calories does gin have? Is gin zero calories?
Unfortunately gin is not zero calories. The USDA state a standard measure of gin has 97 kcal per standard 1.5 fl oz shot. That equates to about 215kcal per 100ml of gin. This is based on a 40% ABV gin.
Some gins are 37.5%, others are export strength at 43.5%, these will have slightly more or less calories per serving.
What is a standard serving of gin?
Gin can come in lots of unique shapes, sizes, strengths and from all over the world. What one person thinks of as a standard gin might be completely different from someone else.
Luckily for everyone, the USDA have devised a list of “standard” alcoholic drinks. Each one contains the exact same amount of alcohol – 14g of alcohol (0.6 ounces).
Below is a list of the standard drinks, volumes and ABV that all give 14g of alcohol.
|Drink and volume||Alcohol content|
|12fl oz Beer||5%|
|5fl oz Wine||12%|
|1.5fl oz Spirit (e.g Gin)||40%|
From the information and definitions given to us by the USDA, we can see that a standard shot of gin is 1.5fl oz.
So in the USA, a standard shot is 1.5fl oz of 45ml of gin.
How many shots of gin are in a bottle?
There are 16 full shots and very nearly 17 shots of gin in a full bottle. A shot is 1.5fl oz and there are 25.4fl oz in a standard 750ml bottle of gin. The precise answer is there are 16.91 shots of gin in a bottle of gin
How many calories are in a bottle of gin?
If a 1.5fl oz shot of gin is 97kcal and there are 16.91 shots in a bottle of gin, that means a bottle of gin contains 1640kcal.
How many calories are in a handle of gin?
If a 1.5fl oz shot of gin is 97kcal and there are 33.8 shots in a handle of gin, that means a handle of gin contains 3279kcal.
How many calories in different strengths of gin?
All my calculations above are based on a gin being 80% proof or 40% ABV. However, this might not be the only strength you might find, only what the CDC/USDA call standard to compare the alcohol in different drinks.
In the table below you can see the calories that would be in a shot of gin for different strengths.
|ABV of vodka||Calories per 1.5fl oz shot|
How many calories are in non alcoholic gin?
Non alcoholic gins can have as little as zero calories but the major brands have around 5kcal per 1.5fl oz shot. That means they have around 5% of the calories of alcoholic gins.
What is the calorie difference in non alcoholic and alcoholic gin?
I have a full article on this topic which can be read here, but the main points are…
The USDA state a standard measure of gin has 97 kcal per 1.5 fl oz (44ml). We can use this as a decent generic reference point to start from.
I know there will be a large range within the craft gin world with lots of new flavours, additives and alcohol contents but it acts as a good surrogate for comparison.
We can look at 2 household name regular gins with their alcohol free alternatives as well as some of the other up and coming low/non alcoholic offerings.
- Tanqueray Export
Low/Non alcoholic and alcohol free gins
- Gordon’s 0.0%
- Tanqueray 0.0%
- Seedlip 0.5% (not technically gin as different botanicals than juniper)
- Clean Co Clean G 0.5%
|Gin||Kcal count per 1.5 fl oz||% of calories||% of calories saved|
|Standard USDA measure gin||97||100%||0%|
|Tanqueray Export 43.1%||105||108%||-8%|
|Clean Co Clean G 0.5%||12||12%||88%|
Well those results are categoric aren’t they. Non and no alcohol gins have just a fraction of the calories and some have zero calories! That is outstanding.
Quite clearly if you are a regular gin drinker, then swapping some or all of your drinks to a non alcoholic alternative will have a huge calorie saving.
Why are non alcoholic gins so much lower in calories?
The answer is how many calories are in alcohol.
|Substance||KCal per gram|
Gram for gram, alcohol contains much more calories than sugar and carbs. The alcohol free and non alcoholic gins have such a reduced calorie load due to the vast reduction in alcohol.
The flavoured alcohol free gin is water based with infused botanicals which are virtually calorie free.
If you want a guilt free gin then alcohol free and non alcoholic gins are the future.