What Are the Best and Worst Holiday Drinks?

The holidays are here, and with them the usual raft of parties and get-togethers, along with a slew of holiday-themed hot and cold drinks. From your morning coffee to your evening cocktail, here’s how the most common holiday drinks stack up.

Coffee Drinks

The Worst: When you want to really indulge, try Caribou Coffee’s Campfire Mocha, with a Best and Worst Holiday Drinkswhopping 640 calories, 34 grams of fat, 21 grams of saturated fat, and 67grams of sugar (about 17 teaspoons). That exceeds the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for both fat and sugar in just one morning drink!

Better: Craving that sweet combination of milk, sugar, coffee, and seasonal flavors? Try Starbucks’ Gingerbread Latte with Nonfat Milk (Grande). By downgrading from 2% milk to skim, this treat clocks in at 270 calories, seven grams of fat, 4.5 grams of saturated fat, and 37 grams of sugar. And that even includes whipped cream!

Best: Save some money and be healthier by making your own fancy coffee drinks. Start with delicious Route 66 coffees and add flavored syrups and skim milk; your wallet and waistline will both thank you!

Cocktails

The Worst: Nothing says “Christmas Party” quite like eggnog. And no cocktail is as laden with fat as this scrumptious dessert-like drink, which is made with egg, sugar, and cream.

Better: Shape Magazine offers this recipe as a way to enjoy the taste of eggnog for just 194 calories and 11.5 grams of sugar:

Ingredients:

1 oz. bourbon
1oz. spiced rum
1 tbsp. maple syrup
2 oz. whole milk
4 oz. eggnog seltzer
1 tbsp. ground nutmeg for garnish

Directions:

Combine all ingredients, except the seltzer, in a blender and process until foamy and aerated (you can always froth by hand in cocktail shaker with vigorous shaking). Add crushed ice and swirl to chill. Strain into a large wine goblet and top with seltzer. Garnish with a grating of nutmeg.

Best: Try a holidaytini, a martini-style drink that combines vodka, cranberry juice, grenadine, orange juice, and lemon or lime juice. Or to take off the chill, add a splash of rum to your hot brewed tea with lemon to enjoy a hot toddy.

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