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Affordable Spirits for Your Home Bar

Fine wine, great deals on spirits too.

Purchasing quality and affordable spirits for the home bar is easier than you might think. Don’t settle for cheap alcohol to fill the shelves. Make a bar plan. Start with the best affordable alcohols available. Build your starter bar from there.

Hundreds of cocktails can be mixed and sipped from just a few bottles of booze. The key is choosing quality affordable spirits. Quality liquor will ensure a quality cocktail; if you follow a good recipe that is.

Affordable Spirits Basics

Stock your home bar with basic affordable spirits first and then add flavored liquors and premium spirits later - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Stock your home bar with basic affordable spirits first and then add flavored liquors and premium spirits later – photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Start with a basic set of affordable spirits that will set the stage for a broad spectrum of cocktail recipe choices. Make sure you know at least five to ten easy 2 ingredient and 3 ingredient cocktails for each liquor you decide to stock in your home bar. We are all creatures of habit. Though we like to try new cocktail recipes, we will often go back to our favorite recipes and those that are quick and easy to make at the end of a long day.

New flavor infusions arrive on the spirits scene every day. Don’t get hooked into purchasing flavored spirits for your basic bar stock. Add flavors later. Flavored spirits can be terrific, but have limited use in a variety of basic drink recipes.

Basic affordable spirits to keep in mind include the following:

Vodka; Gin; Silver Rum; Silver Tequila; Whiskey or Bourbon; Blended Scotch; Brandy or Cognac; Dry Vermouth; Sweet Vermouth; Coffee Liqueur; Peach Schnapps; Amaretto Liqueur; Crème de Cacao

If you love classic cocktails like I do try to make room in your budget for Campari, Maraschino Liqueur, Galliano, Irish Whiskey, Apricot Brandy, Raspberry Liqueur and of course a Sparkling Wine or Brut Champagne.

I usually don’t recommend buying the cheapest alcohol that can be found on the shelf. Finding affordable spirits within a reasonable budget is the goal. There are terrific affordable spirits in the $10 to $20 range.

Affordable Spirits Online

Another option to keep in mind when stocking your home bar is buying spirits online. Often online liquor stores will offer discounts on purchases over a particular dollar amount. Some offer discounts on a particular number of bottles purchased. This might make it easier to include a few of those extra liquors.

Combine your order with a friend or group of friends to make a large order and take advantage of discounts offered. Sign up for an account and become a member of an online liquor store. Some offer special member discounts. Watch the clearance items to take advantage of more affordable spirits you might have otherwise missed.

Finding Affordable Spirits Locally

Find affordable spirits locally by looking for sales and clearance items - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Find affordable spirits locally by looking for sales and clearance items – photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

One of the liquor stores I frequent has a large bargain barrel with clearance wine and spirits. The bottles that go into the barrel are not bad. They are bottles that just don’t move off the shelves quickly enough for the comfort of the store. I have found some great deals on artisanal spirits in the barrel. Honestly if people knew how good some of these spirits are, the liquor store shelves would be empty. Shop around. See if any of your local liquor stores move old inventory for new inventory. It is a great way to find affordable spirits for your home bar.

Another local business is a combination liquor store and event planning service. They supply bartenders and the liquor needed for events. They always have great deals. The owner explained to me a long time ago that sometimes a liquor company will change bottle styles or labels on their product. Local liquor stores want the new product on their shelves, not the old style. Since he uses the product at events most of the time, he doesn’t care if the label or bottle style has changed. The liquid inside is the same. He buys up cases of the old label style for discounted prices and is able pass along those discounts to his customers. Look around at your local businesses. This is just another way to search for affordable spirits locally.

Add your comment: What tips would you give for finding the best affordable spirits for a starter home bar?

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Mixology Monday: Essential Bartender Skills

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My date and I sat at a bar a couple of weeks ago. He ordered his usual Martini and I looked over the cocktail menu. It’s always a little difficult to decide what to order. Are the cocktails too sweet, will they be the same five drinks on every bar menu and what kind of bartender is behind the bar? My drink decision usually has less to do with what’s on the menu and more with who is behind the bar. I watch the bartender make my date’s Martini and decide.

Mixology Monday Question ~ As a bar patron, what knowledge and/or skills do you consider essential in a good bartender?

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When I put the question above to Facebook and Twitter, people chimed in. Even though bartending is a drink oriented job, the expertise many talked about were people skills and being a good listener. It’s a customer service profession. No one wants a rude or condescending bartender slinging drinks. Nor do they want to be ignored.

Dominic P. – Friendliness and approachability make a good bartender, being standoffish and superior are really unappealing. But really listening to the customer’s desires and creating something suitable is the best skill.

Patrick G. – A personality!

Doug C. – People skills… We get caught up into thinking we’re in the drink making business. While this is obviously important, I really feel like we need to remember that this is, first and foremost, a people business.

Kevin M. – Listening along with good service. I hate being ignored more than anything.

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But patrons do want a good drink! Too many cocktails are way too sweet, watered down, topped with soda pop, and yes I will say this… over-poured. Sometimes too much alcohol ruins a cocktail, too. Flavor balance really is a good thing.

Armin – Good taste!

Dominic P. – Too many cocktails are drowned with sweet and sours. Yes it tastes nice but there’s no skill in smothering the flavors.

Matt D. – The ability to make a proper Old Fashioned!

Alan – I don’t do mixed drinks often, so for me it’s about being knowledgeable about the products you serve and being personable.

Randy – Skill: “Know your product.” I hate a bar with a nice whisky list and NO ONE knows what a “Speyside” is. It’s a dram shame.

Phil H. – Beer knowledge.

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There are certain actions that clue you in right away about a bartender. Watching for just a few minutes can tell you quite a bit about the kind of experience you’ll have sitting at the bar.

Dean M. – It all starts with acknowledgement and customer service!!!

Mitch – Charisma. Speed. Quality.

Cynthia H. – Actually like people in general. Skills in communicating with them. Really, truly knowledgeable around the bar, spirits and potion making.

MuseOfDoom – When to stir and when to shake.

I ordered a Negroni on the rocks that evening, though I was really feeling like enjoying something served in a martini glass. After watching the bartender shake my date’s Martini I knew it wouldn’t matter what cocktail I ordered, it wouldn’t be enjoyable.

Bartender Shaking Cocktail - photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

I’ll be perfectly honest and say, it usually makes no difference to me whether a bartender shakes or stirs a martini. If he stirs, I know he’s done the homework and probably has more cocktail knowledge under his hat. I value that. But what I do watch for before I order is how a bartender shakes any cocktail. If a bartender has a lazy shake I won’t order anything served in a cocktail glass. Moving a cocktail shaker back and forth three or four times is not shaking a cocktail. It barely even cools the tin. It’s bad form. It’s bad service. It’s bad bartending. It also lost business. We didn’t finish our drinks and went elsewhere to eat and have a better round of cocktails.

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Counting Calories

Counting Calories

 

Generically Speaking…

There are no FDA rules governing nutritional labeling for wine and spirits, so when it comes right down to it putting together calorie charts for the wine and spirits we love to mix and sip it becomes a game of hunt and gather. The calorie and carbohydrate numbers that follow are a general guideline compiled from numerous sources. Spirits and mixers vary in quality, flavor and calories from one brand to another. The numbers that follow are meant as a helpful guide for those looking for quick general reference.

Find simple, yet flavorful Lower Calorie Figure Friendly Cocktail Recipes by following the link.

Wine & Spirits

All amounts are based upon a 1 ounce serving size.

99 Schnapps – 5 grams carbs, 99 calories

Amaretto – 16.8 grams carbs, 106 calories

Anisette – 11 grams carbs, 100 calories

Apricot Brandy – 2 grams carbs, 80 calories

Bacardi 8 Rum – 80 proof – 0 grams carbs, 67 calories

Bacardi Gold Rum – 80 proof – 0 grams carbs, 65 calories

Bacardi Grand Melon Flavored Rum – 70 proof – 2.7 grams carbs, 67 calories

Bacardi Limon Flavored Rum – 70 proof – 2.7 grams carbs, 67 calories

Bacardi O Flavored Rum – 70 proof – 2.7 grams carbs, 67 calories

Bacardi Rum – 80 proof – 0 grams carbs, 65 calories

Bacardi Rum 151 – 151 proof – carbs, 122 calories

Baileys Irish Cream – 7.4 grams carbs, 97 calories

Barton’s Amaretto di Amore – 11.8 grams carbs, 79 calories

Barton’s Sabroso Licor De Café – 10.3 grams carbs, 78 calories

B&B – 5 grams carbs, 90 calories

Belvedere Vodka – 80 proof – 0 grams carbs, 64 calories

Benedictine – 70 calories

Black Haus Schnapps – 5.9 grams carbs, 88 calories

Bols Advocaat Liqueur – 9 grams carbs, 85 calories

Bols Apricot Brandy – 9 grams carbs, 87 calories

Bols Butterscotch Schnapps – 11 grams carbs, 72 calories

Bols Cherry Brandy – 9 grams carbs, 78 calories

Bols Coconut Liqueur – 11 grams carbs, 103 calories

Bols Crème de Bananas – 11 grams carbs, 96 calories

Bols Dark Crème de Cacao – 15 grams carbs, 100 calories

Bols Gold Strike Cinnamon Liqueur – 11 grams carbs, 103 calories

Bols Green Crème de Menthe – 14 grams carbs, 120 calories

Bols Green Curacao Liqueur – 7 grams carbs, 72 calories

Bols Kiwi Liqueur – 11 grams carbs, 103 calories

Bols Kontiki Red Orange Liqueur – 11 grams carbs, 103 calories

Bols Melon Liqueur – 11 grams carbs, 103 calories

Bols Orange Liqueur – 11 grams carbs, 103 calories

Bols Orange Curacao Liqueur – 7 grams carbs, 72 calories

Bols Peach Liqueur – 11 grams carbs, 103 calories

Bols Peppermint Liqueur – 11 grams carbs 103 calories

Bols Pumpkin Smash Liqueur – 11 grams carbs, 103 calories

Bols Triple Sec Liqueur – 11 grams carbs, 103 calories

Bols White crème de Cacao – 15 grams carbs, 100 calories

Bourbon Whiskey – 80 proof – 0 grams carbs, 66 calories

Brandy – 80 proof – 0 grams carbs, 64 calories

Brandy – 86 proof – 0 grams carbs, 70 calories

Brandy – 100 proof – 0 grams carbs, 82 calories

Brandy (Fruit Infused) – 130 calories

Buchanan’s Scotch Whisky – 80 proof – 0 grams carbs, 65 calories

Bulleit Bourbon – 0 grams carbs, 72 calories

Bulloch lade Scotch Whisky – 0 grams carbs, 64 calories

Butterscotch Schnapps – 11 grams carbs, 72 calories

Campari – 8 grams carbs, 71 calories

Canadian Whiskey – 80 proof – 0 grams carbs, 64 calories

Captain Morgan Spiced Rum – 70 proof – 0 grams carbs, 57 calories

Captain Morgan Parrot Bay Coconut Rum – 6.5 grams carbs, 59 calories

Captain Morgan Parrot Bay Passion Fruit Rum – 7 grams carbs, 63 calories

Captain Morgan Private Stock Rum – 3 grams carbs, 73 calories

Captain Morgan Silver Spiced Rum – 70 proof – 1 gram carbs, 61 calories

Chambord Raspberry Liqueur – 10.8 grams carbs, 103 calories

Champagne – 19 calories

Cinzano Dry Vermouth – 1 grams carbs, 32 calories

Ciroc Vodka – 80 proof – 0 carbs, 65 calories

Ciroc Coconut Vodka – 70 proof – 1.5 grams carbs, 63 calories

Ciroc Red Berry Vodka – 70 proof – 1.1 grams carbs, 61 calories

Citrus Vodka – 80 proof – 0 carbs, 64 calories

Coffee Liqueur – 53 proof – 13 grams carbs, 95 calories

Coffee Liqueur – 63 proof – 9 grams carbs, 87 calories

Coffee Liqueur – 16 grams carbs, 103 calories

Coffee Liqueur with Cream – 34 proof – 6 grams carbs – 93 calories

Cognac – 80 proof – 0 carbs, 64 calories

Cognac – 86 proof – 0 carbs, 70 calories

Cognac – 100 proof – 0 carbs, 82 calories

Cointreau – 10 grams carbs, 79 calories

Crème de Almond – 11 grams carbs, 100 calories

Crème de Banana – 11 grams carbs, 103 calories

Crème de Cacao – 14.8 grams carbs, 98 calories

Crème de Cassis – 11.2 grams carbs, 84 calories

Crème de Menthe – 14 grams carbs, 95 calories

Crown Royal Whisky – 0 grams carbs, 64 calories

Crown Royal Special Reserve Whisky – 0 grams carbs, 64 calories

Curacao – 8 grams carbs, 72 calories

DeKuyper Amaretto Almond Liqueur – 17 grams carbs, 110 calories

DeKuyper Apple Barrel Schnapps – 8 grams carbs, 72 calories

DeKuyper Blueberry Schnapps – 11 grams carbs, 72 calories

DeKuyper Blue Curacao Liqueur – 7 grams carbs, 72 calories

DeKuyper Buttershots – 11 grams carbs, 72 calories

DeKuyper Cactus Juice Schnapps – 11 grams carbs, 103 calories

DeKuyper Cheri-Beri Pucker Schnapps – 11 grams carbs, 103 calories

DeKuyper Cherry Brandy – 9 grams carbs, 78 calories

DeKuyper Coffee Liqueur – 11 grams carbs, 103 calories

DeKuyper Crème de Bananas – 11 grams carbs, 96 calories

DeKuyper Dark Crème de Cacao – 15 grams carbs, 100 calories

DeKuyper Grape Pucker Schnapps – 11 grams carbs, 72 calories

DeKuyper Harvest Pear – 11 grams carbs, 103 calories

DeKuyper Hazelnut Liqueur – 11 grams carbs, 103 calories

DeKuyper Hot Damn Cinnamon Schnapps – 11 grams carbs, 103 calories

DeKuyper Island Blue Pucker Schnapps – 11 grams carbs, 72 calories

DeKuyper Key Largo Schnapps – 11 grams carbs, 72 calories

DeKuyper Mad Melon Schnapps – 11 grams carbs, 72 calories

DeKuyper Marasquin Cherry Liqueur – 9 grams carbs, 73 calories

DeKuyper Peachtree Schnapps – 7 grams carbs, 72 calories

DeKuyper Peppermint Schnapps – 7-1/2 grams carbs, 83 calories

DeKuyper Pucker Strawberry Passion Schnapps – 9 grams carbs, 72 calories

DeKuyper Raspberry Pucker Schnapps – 11 grams carbs, 72 calories

DeKuyper Razzmatazz Liqueur – 11 grams carbs, 72 calories

DeKuyper Sour Apple Pucker Schnapps – 8 grams carbs, 72 calories

DeKuyper Sour Peach Pucker Schnapps – 7 grams carbs, 72 calories

DeKuyper Sour Watermelon Pucker Schnapps – 11 grams carbs, 72 calories

DeKuyper Strawberry Liqueur – 11 grams carbs, 103 calories

DeKuyper Triple Sec – 11 grams carbs, 103 calories

DeKuyper Wildberry Schnapps – 11 grams carbs, 103 calories

Don Julio Tequila – 0 grams carbs, 64 calories

Drambuie – 9 grams carbs, 106 calories

Dry Vermouth – 32.5 calories

Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur – 12 grams carbs, 71 calories

Gin – 80 proof – 0 carbs, 64 calories

Gin – 86 proof – 0 carbs, 70 calories

Gin – 90 proof – 0 carbs, 73 calories

Gin – 100 proof – 0 carbs, 82 calories

Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur – 120 calories

Goldschlagger – 6 grams carbs, 94 calories

Gordon’s Citrus Vodka – 0 grams carbs, 56 calories

Gordon’s Orange Vodka – 2 grams carbs, 55 calories

Gordon’s Wildberry Vodka – 1 gram carbs, 49 calories

Grand Marnier – 6.8 grams carbs, 75 calories

Grey Goose Vodka – 80 proof – 0 carbs, 69 calories

Heering Cherry Liqueur – 120 Calories

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey – 80 proof – 0 grams carbs, 64 calories

Jagermeister – 12 grams carbs, 103 calories

Jim Beam Bourbon – 80 proof – 0 grams carbs, 66 calories

Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch Whisky – 86 proof – 0 grams carbs, 70 calories

Johnnie Walker Blue Label Scotch Whisky –0 grams carbs, 64 calories

Johnnie Walker Gold Label Scotch Whisky –0 grams carbs, 64 calories

Johnnie Walker Red Label Scotch Whisky –0 grams carbs, 64 calories

Irish Cream – 78 calories

Kahlua Coffee Liqueur – 14.7 grams carbs, 91 calories

Kahlua Especial Coffee Liqueur – 70 proof – 68 calories

Kettle OneVodka – 80 proof – 0 carbs, 69 calories

Kirsch – 6 grams carbs, 63 calories

Lagavulin Scotch Whisky – 86 proof – 0 grams carbs, 70 calories

Malibu Rum – 48 proof – 0 carbs, 69 calories

Malibu Rum with Fruit Essence – 42 proof – 6 grams carbs, 57 calories

Maraschino Cherry Liqueur – 9 grams carbs, 73 calories

Midori – 11 grams carbs, 80 calories

Montezuma Triple Sec – 30 proof – 6.2 grams carbs, 48 calories

Montezuma Triple Sec – 60 proof – 6.2 grams carbs, 72 calories

Myers’s Dark Rum – 80 proof – 0 grams carbs, 64 calories

Oban Scotch Whisky – 86 proof – 0 grams carbs, 69 calories

Ouzo – 10.8 grams carbs, 82 calories

Pernod – 2 grams carbs, 77 grams calories

Pomegranate Liqueur – 85 calories

Port – 3-1/1 grams carbs, 46 calories

Ron Anejo Rum – 0 grams carbs, 64 calories

Rum – 80 proof – 0 grams carbs, 64 calories

Rum – 86 proof – 0 grams carbs, 70 calories

Rum – 90 proof – 0 grams carbs, 73 calories

Rum – 100 proof – 0 grams carbs, 82 calories

Rumpleminze – 8.5 grams carbs, 113 calories

Sake – 1-1/2 grams carbs, 39 calories

Sambuca – 11.2 grams carbs, 84 calories

Schnapps 8.5 grams carbs, 100 to 113 calories

Scotch – 80 proof – 0 grams carbs, 73 calories

Scotch – 86 proof – 0 grams carbs, 70 calories

Scotch – 90 proof – 0 grams carbs, 73 calories

Scotch – 100 proof – 0 grams carbs, 82 calories

Seagram’s 7 Crown Whisky – 80 proof – 0 carbs, 64 calories

Seagram’s V.O. Whisky – 0 carbs, 64 calories

Sloe Gin – 83.5 calories

Smirnoff Blue Label Vodka – 100 proof – 0 grams carbs, 81 calories

Smirnoff Red Label Vodka – 80 proof – 0 grams carbs, 73 calories

Sobieski Vodka – 0 grams carbs, 100 calories

Southern Comfort – 65 calories

Strawberry Liqueur – 23 grams carbs, 133 calories

Sweet Vermouth – 47 calories

Talisker Scotch Whisky – 92 proof – 0 grams carbs, 73 calories

Tanqueray Gin – 94.6 proof – 0 grams carbs, 76 calories

Tanqueray Sterling Citrus Vodka – 0 grams carbs, 64 calories

Tanqueray Sterling Vodka – 0 grams carbs, 64 calories

Tanqueray Ten Gin – 0 grams carbs, 75 calories

Tequila – 80 proof – 0 grams carbs, 64 calories

Tia Maria Coffee Liqueur – 138 calories

Triple Sec – 10.8 grams carbs, 82 calories

Tuaca Italian Citrus Liqueur – 11 grams carbs, 103 calories

Vodka – 80 proof – 0 grams carbs, 64 calories

Vodka – 100 proof – 0 grams carbs, 82 calories

Whiskey – 80 proof – 0 grams carbs, 73 calories

Whiskey – 86 proof – 0 grams carbs, 70 calories

Whiskey – 90 proof – 0 grams carbs, 73 calories

Whiskey – 100 proof – 0 grams carbs, 82 calories

Wine, Red – 1 grams carbs, 25 calories

Wine, White – 1 grams carbs, 24 calories

Mixers

Almond Breeze Almond Milk – 1 gram carbs, 7 calories

Almond Milk – 4.375 calories per ounce

Angostura Lime Juice Cocktail Mixer – 11.8 grams carbs, 30 calories

Apple Juice – 3.6 grams carbs, 15 calories

Apple Juice, Natural – 3.3 grams carbs, 14 calories

Cream of Coconut, jar or canned – 2.4 grams carbs, 54 calories

Coconut Cream, raw – 1.9 grams carbs, 94 calories

Coconut Water – 1.3 grams carbs, 5 calories

Cranberry Cocktail, Ocean Spray – 4.1 grams carbs, 16 calories

Cranberry 100% Cranberry, Ocean Spray – 4.4 grams carbs, 17 calories

Cranberry Light, Ocean Spray – 1.2 grams carbs, 5 calories

Cranberry Diet, Ocean Spray – 0.2 grams carbs, 1 calorie

Diet Ginger Ale – 0 grams carbs, 0 calories

Ginger Ale – 2.7 grams carbs, 10 calories

Ginger Beer – 15.5 calories per ounce

Grapefruit Juice, Fresh Pink or White – 2.8 grams carbs, 12 calories

Grapefruit Juice, Ocean Spray Ruby Red – 3.7 grams carbs, 15 calories

Grapefruit Juice, Ocean Spray Ruby Red Light – 1.2 grams carbs, 5 calories

Half & Half Cream – 1.3 grams carbs, 39 calories

Half & Half Fat Free Cream – 2.7 grams carbs, 18 calories

Heavy Whipping Cream – 0.8 grams carbs, 98 calories

Half & Half – 40 calories per ounce

Honey – 10.67 calories per 1/2 teaspoon

Honey – 86 calories per ounce

Izze Sparkling Lime – 2.6 grams carbs, 11 calories

Lemonade – 4 grams carbs, 15 calories

Lemon Juice, Fresh – 2.6 grams carbs, 8 calories

Lemon Juice, Canned or Bottled – 1.8 grams carbs, 6 calories

Lemon Juice, ReaLemon from Concentrate – 0 grams carbs, 0 calories

Lemon Juice – 8 calories per ounce

Lime Juice – 8 calories per ounce

Lime Juice, Fresh – 2.6 grams carbs, 8 calories

Lime Juice, Canned or Bottled – 1.9 grams carbs, 6 calories

Lime Juice, ReaLime from Concentrate – 0 grams carbs, 0 calories

Minute Maid Lemonade – 3.4 grams carbs, 12 calories

Minute Maid Light Lemonade – 0.1 grams carbs, 1 calorie

Minute Maid Pink Lemonade – 3.4 grams carbs, 12 calories

Mott’s Apple Juice – 15 calories per ounce

Ocean Spray Light Cranberry – 5.84 calories per ounce

Ocean Spray Light Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice – 6.25 calories per ounce

Orange Juice, Fresh – 3.1 grams carbs, 13 calories

Orange Juice, Fresh Sweetened – 3.2 grams carbs, 14 calories

Orange Juice, Canned or Bottled – 2.7 grams carbs, 10 calories

Orange Juice, From Concentrate Undiluted, Unsweetened – 10.8 grams carbs, 45 calories

Pineapple Juice – 16.67 calories per ounce

Pineapple Juice, Dole Canned – 3.7 grams carbs, 15 calories

R.W. Knudsen Organic Tomato Juice – 1.7 grams carbs, 7 calories

Simply Lemonade with Raspberry – 3.5 grams carbs, 14 calories

Simply Orange No Pulp Orange Juice – 3.2 grams carbs, 14 calories

Simply Orange Simply Lemonade – 3.7 grams carbs, 15 calories

Tomato Juice – 1.3 grams carbs, 5 calories

Tomato Juice, Campbell’s – 1.2 grams carbs, 6 calories

Tropicana Trop 50 Orange Juice – 1.6 grams carbs, 6 calories

Tropicana No Pulp Orange Juice – 3.2 grams carbs, 14 calories

V8 Splash Pineapple Orange – 2.2 grams carbs, 9 calories

Fresh Fruit

Apple, 2-1/2” diameter as purchased – 14.9 grams carbs, 53 calories

Applesauce, Natural Unsweetened, 1 ounce – 3.1 grams carbs, 11 calories

Apricot, 1.3 ounce as purchased – 3.9 grams carbs, 17 calories

Banana, Small 6” to 7” as purchased – 23.1 grams carbs, 90 calories

Blueberries, 1 each – 0.2 grams carbs, 1 calorie

Cantaloupe, small whole 4-1/4” diameter as purchased – 38.6 grams carbs, 150 calories

Cherries, Sweet as purchased – 1.3 grams carbs, 5 calories

Maraschino Cherry jar or canned, 1 cherry – 2.1 grams carbs, 8 calories

Cranberries, Fresh, 1 cup – 12.2 grams carbs – 46 calories

Craisins, Sweetened Dried Cranberries, 1/3 cup – 36.8 grams carbs, 138 calories

Grapefruit, Fresh 4” diameter as purchased – 20.7 grams carbs, 82 calories

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References: www.superskinnyme.com, www.calorieking.com, www.lowcalhq.com, various spirit brand, beverage brand websites and actual beverage bottle’s nutrition labels.

Bar Basics: 18 Ounce Plastic Party Cup

Any time of year is a good time for a party, but fall brings on all sorts of reasons for friends to gather; football parties, tailgating, Halloween and Christmas to name a few. 18 ounce plastic party cups become handy “barware” as convenient, non-breakable drink cups whether people drink tea, soda, beer or alcoholic mixed drinks. Since these cups are a hefty size larger than the average cocktail, rocks or highball glass, it’s easy to lose track of the amount of liquor being free-poured into the glass.18 Ounce Party Cup Measurements 003 - photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

Measurements on this store brand 18 ounce party cup are approximate. Indentation lines on the cup were used as measurement reference points. Take a few minutes to measure the reference point lines on the actual size cup you will use to serve drinks to ensure proper pour.18 Ounce Party Cup Measurements 010 photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

For point of reference: An average highball (Collins glass) style drink contains approximately 5 to 6 ounces of liquid (1-1/2 to 2 ounces alcohol with remaining mixer) atop fresh ice. An average highball glass is approximately 10, 12 or 14 ounces depending upon the actual glass. This translates to only half the glass or less containing actual liquid with the remainder of the glass being filled with ice.

Since glasses shouldn’t be filled to the absolute rim to avoid spillage, it’s reasonable to estimate the 18 ounce party cup’s maximum realistic capacity would stop at the 16 ounce mark (second indentation down from the top of glass). This means the sensible amount of total liquid for the 18 ounce plastic cup should be about 7 to 8 ounces (alcohol and mixer) in total with ice fill for the remaining capacity.18 Ounce Party Cup Measurements 008 photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

An easy way to ensure semi-correct measurements that keep a drink in good taste balance is to fill the glass with ice first. Add appropriate mixers to the 14 ounce measurement line and fill the 2 ounce space marked above the 14 ounce mark with your spirit of choice. This works well with most 2 ingredient highball drinks such as Rum & Coke, Vodka & Cranberry or Cape Cod, Orange Juice & Vodka or Screwdriver, etc…

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