Hard Seltzers have stormed the market in the US and are slowly growing in popularity here in the UK. These refreshing alcoholic sparkling waters pack a whole lot of flavour into a small can, whilst still having a much lower calorie count than many other alcoholic alternatives. In this blog we take a look at how hard seltzers stack up against more traditional spirits and mixers when it comes to calories.
What are hard seltzers?
Hard Seltzers first came to prominence in the US over the last five years. They’re an alcoholic sparkling water available in many different fruity flavours, from simple classics like lemon & lime to exotic twists like Elderflower. The alcohol in the product is usually made from a neutral grain spirit or a fermented fruit base that leaves no residual sugar. As a consequence of this process, hard seltzers are often low sugar or low calorie, whilst having a similar ABV to beer.
How many calories are in a hard seltzer?
The amount of calories in hard seltzers vary depending on the brand that you drink. Typically there are less than 100 calories in a 330ml can. One of the leading brands of hard seltzer is Mike’s Hard Seltzers, which come in 330ml cans in several different flavours. These contain 100 calories per can at 5% ABV. Even more impressive is the fact that they contain just 2g of carbs and sugar, meaning they’re a great choice for anyone wanting to enjoy a low carb/low sugar diet.
Calories in Hard Seltzer’s vs Spirit & Mixers
Hard Seltzers are slowly grabbing market share in the UK as a lower calorie alternative to the traditional sugary spirits and mixers. We’ve analysed how they compare to many of the most popular pre-mixed cans of spirit and mixers here.
|Mike’s Hard Seltzer (330ml)||5%||100|
|Gordon’s & Slimline Tonic (250ml)||5%||110|
|Bombay Sapphire Gin & Tonic (250ml)||7%||150|
|Pimms & Lemonade (250ml)||5%||160|
|Jack Daniel’s & Ginger (330ml)||5%||160|
|Captain Morgan & Cola (250ml)||5%||165|
|Jack Daniels & Cola (330ml)||5%||177|
|Smirnoff & Cranberry (250ml)||5%||190|
|Archer’s & Lemonade (250ml)||5%||215|
Sources: Nutracheck, MyFitnessPal & fatsecret.co.uk