How Many Calories in Whiskey? (Glass, Shot & Bottle)


If you’re anything like me, you’re going to want to balance your enjoyment of whiskey with ensuring you don’t take in too many extra calories. That’s why I decided to research the exact number of calories in whiskey and here’s what I found:

There are between 131 and 222 calories in a glass of whiskey that contains the standard neat pour of 2fl oz / 59.15ml. There are between 98 and 167 calories in a 1.5fl oz / 44.36ml shot of whiskey and between 196 and 333 calories in a double (two shots of) whiskey. And there are between 1,657 and 2,818 calories in a standard 750ml bottle of whiskey.

The reason why there’s such a wide variation is because the number of calories depends not only on the amount of whiskey but also on its alcohol content level. I’ll show you exactly how to calculate the number of calories in any amount of whiskey with any ABV, and I’ll show you my calculations for the most common volume – ABV scenarios where I’ve done all that work for you.

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Whiskey bottle and glasses next to nutrition label with calories circled

How to Calculate the Number of Calories in Whiskey

It’s relatively easy to calculate the number of calories in whiskey because of the four sources of calories, whiskey has only one.

The four sources of calories are:

  • Fats
  • Proteins
  • Carbohydrates
  • Alcohol

Since whiskey is made by converting sugars from the starches of a grain into alcohol and distilling the resulting liquid, all the fats, proteins and carbohydrates, (three out of the four sources of calories) are removed.

And since whiskey is made by converting sugars from the starches of a grain into alcohol and distilling the resulting liquid, one source of calories – alcohol, is created!

(Some carbohydrates are added in the form of sugar from the wood of the barrel the whiskey is matured in and any caramel coloring, but this amount is so small as to be insignificant – about three or four calories per bottle of whiskey.)

Now there are 7 calories per gram of alcohol, but since whiskeys have different alcohol content levels (anywhere between 40% and 68%) it can be tricky to calculate the number of grams of alcohol a given amount of whiskey contains.

To work out the number of grams of alcohol in an amount of whiskey you’ll need to know three things:

  1. The amount of whiskey in milliliters or liters (easy)
  2. The percentage of alcohol divided by 100 (also easy)
  3. The density of alcohol – it’s 0.78924 g/ml or 789.24 g/L

Then you need to use the following equation:

Grams of alcohol = volume x ABV/100 x density

So, for example if you want to know how many calories there are in a glass of 40%ABV whiskey that has the standard neat pour of 2fl oz / 59.15ml, you would do the following:

59.15 x 0.4 x 0.78924 = 18.67 grams of alcohol

which you would then multiply by 7 (the number of calories per gram of alcohol) to get 131 calories.

And if you’re dealing with liters, for example you want to know how many calories there are in a 3L bottle of 40%ABV whiskey, then you would use the g/L number for density of alcohol and the equation would look like this:

3 x 0.4 x 789.24 = 947.09 grams of alcohol

which you would then multiply by 7 (the number of calories per gram of alcohol) to get 6,630 calories.

This is all easy enough but because the amount of whiskey and its level of alcohol vary so much, as mentioned, in order to know the number of calories in whiskey you’ll have to either work it out each time or … use the following tables.

The Number of Calories in a Glass of Whiskey

A glass of whiskey with a stamp showing its number of calories

Since there’s a standard amount for a neat pour, the only factor that varies when working out how many calories there are in a glass of whiskey is the ABV.

There are between 131 and 222 calories in a glass of whiskey that contains the standard neat pour of 2fl oz / 59.15ml.

The following table shows the number of calories in a glass of whiskey that contains the standard neat pour of 2fl oz / 59.15ml, for the most common ABVs.

Number of Calories
40%131
43%141
45%147
46%150
47%154
48%157
50%163
51%167
52%170
53%173
55%180
57%186
59%193
60%196
62%203
65%212
68%222

As you can see, the level of alcohol has a huge impact on the number of calories in a glass of whiskey, with each additional percentage of alcohol adding about 3 more calories.

This is important because some people prefer whiskeys with a higher ABV. This is because alcohol carries flavor compounds and although this doesn’t mean that whiskeys with a higher ABV will have more flavor it does mean that they will have a more intense and concentrated flavor.

So if you prefer a whiskey with lighter flavors you may be quite happy with a 40% and lower calorie whiskey, but if you want the richer flavors that only come out at higher ABVs or even at cask strength ABVs (52% and up) then you’ll be consuming far more calories.

The Calories in a Glass of Whiskey vs Other Foods & Drinks

It’s useful to compare the number of calories in a glass of whiskey with the number of calories in other foods and drinks.

The following table shows the number of calories in common foods and drinks of normal portion size.

Number of Calories
Cup of coffee – 6fl oz1
1 Graham Cracker – 7g30
Slice of white bread – 25g66
Serving of pasta – 57g75
1 chocolate chip cookie – 16g78
Large, boiled egg – 50g78
Glass of coca cola – 8fl oz88
1 medium apple – 182g95
Cup of 1% fat milk – 8fl oz96
Cup of orange juice – 8fl oz112
Serving of tuna – 85g112
Slice of cheddar cheese – 28g113
Serving of vanilla ice cream – 66g137
Portion of meat – 100g143
Hot dog – 52g151
Medium sized baked potato – 173g161
Cup of white, long-grain, cooked rice – 158g206
Portion of chicken – 100g239
Slice of pizza – 107g285
1 jelly doughnut – 85g289

As you can see a glass of whiskey has more calories than a glass of coca cola, a serving of tuna or a slice of cheese but less calories than a slice of pizza or a jelly doughnut.

A glass of 40%ABV or 43%ABV whiskey has about the same number of calories as a serving of vanilla ice cream, a glass of 46%ABV whiskey has about the same number of calories as a hot dog, a glass of 50%ABV whiskey has the same number of calories as a medium sized baked potato and a glass of 62%ABV whiskey has about the same number of calories as a cup of cooked rice.

The Calories in a Glass of Whiskey vs Other Alcoholic Drinks

It’s also useful to compare the number of calories in a glass of whiskey to the number of calories in other alcoholic drinks.

Of course, the number of calories in other spirits like vodka, rum, brandy and gin will be the same as for whiskey. Since they are also distilled, any calories will only come from the alcohol and as with whiskey, will depend on the amount of the drink in question and its level of alcohol.

Beer and wine on the other hand do contain carbohydrates and therefore have a second source of calories.

A regular beer (5%ABV and 12fl oz) has 156 calories and wine (12%ABV and 5fl oz) has between 122-129 calories. This means that even a glass of 40%ABV whiskey will have more calories than a standard glass of wine and that until you get to 48%ABV, a glass of whiskey will have less calories than a standard beer.

The Number of Calories in a Whiskey Cocktail

So far, we’ve been talking about the number of calories in a glass that contains only whiskey. Of course, if you add anything to it, the number of additional calories will depend on what you’ve added.

The following table shows some of the most popular whiskey cocktails, a common serving size and the number of calories assuming an ABV of 40%.

Number of Calories
Scotch and Soda – 116ml105
Hot Toddy – 116ml130
Rob Roy – 64ml145
Sazerac – 56ml147
Old-Fashioned – 60ml155
Mint Julep – 65ml156
Whiskey Sour – 105ml158
Jack and Coke – 180ml161
Manhattan – 78ml167
Rusty Nail – 74ml187
7 and 7 – 211ml188
Irish Coffee – 240ml205

Interestingly, some whiskey cocktails have less calories than a glass of neat whiskey (that has 131 calories). This is because the mixer is something low in calories like water which has 0 calories, and because the amount of whiskey is less – perhaps only 1.5fl oz.

Once you get to whiskey cocktails that have more alcohol or mixers that are higher in calories – I’m looking at you Jack and Coke, or drinks that are twice the size then the number of calories increases too.

And if you use a better-quality, higher ABV whiskey for your cocktail, you’ll be increasing the number of calories further. This is another reason why we save our good whiskeys for when we’re drinking whiskey neat.

The Number of Calories in a Shot of Whiskey

A shot of whiskey with a stamp showing its number of calories

Working out the number of calories in a shot of whiskey is a bit more difficult because this time there are two standard pours not just one – 1fl oz and 1.5fl oz. There’s also a double whiskey which unsurprisingly is 3fl oz.

There are between 65 and 111 calories in a 1fl oz / 29.57ml shot of whiskey, between 98 and 167 calories in a 1.5fl oz / 44.36ml shot of whiskey and between 196 and 333 calories in a double (two shots of) whiskey.

The following table shows the number of calories in a 1 fl oz and 1.5 fl oz shot of whiskey, and a 3 fl oz double whiskey for the most common ABVs.

1fl oz / 29.57ml1.5fl oz / 44.36ml3fl oz / 88.72
40%6598196
43%70105211
45%74110221
46%75113225
47%77115230
48%78118235
50%82123245
51%83125250
52%85127255
53%87130260
55%90135270
57%93140279
59%96145289
60%98147294
62%101152304
65%106159319
68%111167333

Since the standard pours for a shot of whiskey are less than that for a glass of whiskey, the number of calories will be less too. A 1fl oz shot of whiskey is half the standard pour of a neat glass of whiskey and a 1.5fl oz shot three quarters, so the number of calories will be half and three quarters respectively.

On the other hand, with less whiskey in a shot – especially if it’s only 1fl oz and since shots are drunk quickly, you may have more than one and end up consuming the same number of calories or even more than in a glass of whiskey.

The Number of Calories in a Bottle of Whiskey

A bottle of whiskey with a stamp showing its number of calories

You’re obviously not going to be drinking a whole bottle of whiskey in one go, but it can be useful to know how many extra calories you took in over the period it took you to finish it. Working out the number of calories in a bottle of whiskey is tricky because although there are standard bottle sizes, there are a lot of them.

There are between 1,547 and 2,630 calories in a standard 700ml bottle of whiskey and between 1,657 and 2,818 calories in a standard 750ml bottle of whiskey. There are between 3,867 and 6,574 calories in a standard 1.75L bottle of whiskey and between 6,630 and 11,270 calories in a standard 3L bottle of whiskey.

The following table shows the number of calories in three regular sized bottles of whiskey (700ml – a standard size in the EU, 750ml – a standard size for the US and 1L) for the most common ABVs.

700ml750ml1L
40%1,5471,6572,210
43%1,6631,7822,376
45%1,7401,8652,486
46%1,7791,9062,541
47%1,8181,9472,597
48%1,8561,9892,652
50%1,9342,0722,762
51%1,9722,1132,818
52%2,0112,1552,873
53%2,0502,1962,928
55%2,1272,2793,039
57%2,2042,3623,149
59%2,2822,4453,260
60%2,3202,4863,315
62%2,3982,5693,425
65%2,5142,6933,591
68%2,6302,8183,757

The next table shows the number of calories in two large sized bottles of whiskey (1.75L and 3L) for the most common ABVs.

1.75L3L
40%3,8676,630
43%4,1577,127
45%4,3517,458
46%4,4477,624
47%4,5447,790
48%4,6417,956
50%4,8348,287
51%4,9318,453
52%5,0278,619
53%5,1248,784
55%5,3189,116
57%5,5119,447
59%5,7049,779
60%5,8019,944
62%5,99410,276
65%6,28410,773
68%6,57411,270

The final table shows the number of calories in five miniature sized bottles of whiskey (50ml, 200ml, 350ml – common in the EU, 375ml – common in the US and 500ml – common in Europe but discontinued in the US) for the most common ABVs.

50ml200ml350ml375ml500ml
40%1104427738291,105
43%1194758318911,188
45%1244978709321,243
46%1275088899531,271
47%1305199099741,298
48%1335309289941,326
50%1385529671,0361,381
51%1415649861,0571,409
52%1445751,0051,0771,436
53%1465861,0251,0981,464
55%1526081,0641,1391,519
57%1576301,1021,1811,575
59%1636521,1411,2221,630
60%1666631,1601,2431,657
62%1716851,1991,2841,713
65%1807181,2571,3471,796
68%1887511,3151,4091,878

List of Popular Whiskeys & the Number of Calories They Have

Having said all the above, it would also be useful to have a list of popular whiskeys and the number of calories they have in a neat pour of 2fl oz / 59.15ml (the first calorie amounts in the coming list) and a shot of 1.5fl oz / 44.36ml (the second calorie amounts in the coming list).

I hope this doesn’t put you off your favorite whiskeys.

  • Jim Beam Bourbon (40%ABV) – 131 & 98 calories
  • Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 (40%ABV) – 131 & 98 calories
  • Jameson (40%ABV) – 131 & 98 calories
  • Glenfiddich 12 (40%ABV) – 131 & 98 calories
  • Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 (40%ABV) – 131 & 98 calories
  • Chivas Regal 18 (40%ABV) – 131 & 98 calories
  • Glenmorangie The Original 10 (40%ABV) – 131 & 98 calories
  • Highland Park 12 – Viking Honour (43%ABV) – 141 & 105 calories
  • The Macallan Double Cask 15 (43%ABV) – 141 & 105 calories
  • The Glenlivet 18 (43%ABV) – 141 & 105 calories
  • Glenmorangie 18 (43%ABV) – 141 & 105 calories
  • Dalwhinnie 15 (43%ABV) – 141 & 105 calories
  • Bowmore 18 (43%ABV) – 141 & 105 calories
  • Angel’s Envy Bourbon (43.3%ABV) – 141 & 106 calories
  • Maker’s Mark Bourbon (45%ABV) – 147 & 110 calories
  • Buffalo Trace Bourbon (45%ABV) – 147 & 110 calories
  • Woodford Reserve Bourbon (45.2%ABV) – 148 & 111 calories
  • Ardbeg 10 (46%ABV) – 150 & 113 calories
  • Bruichladdich Scottish Barley – The Classic Laddie (46%ABV) – 150 & 113 calories
  • Glenfiddich Project XX (47%ABV) – 154 & 115 calories
  • Laphroaig Quarter Cask (48%ABV) – 157 & 118 calories
  • Knob Creek Bourbon 9 Year Old (50%ABV) – 163 & 123 calories
  • Bowmore Vintner’s Trilogy: 18 (50.2%ABV) – 164 & 123 calories
  • Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon (50.5%ABV) – 165 & 124 calories
  • Laphroaig Càirdeas Port & Wine (52%ABV) – 170 & 127 calories
  • Ardbeg Uigeadail (54.2%ABV) – 177 & 133 calories
  • Aberlour A’Bunadh (59.9%ABV) – 196 & 147 calories
  • Glenfarclas 105 (60%ABV) – 196 & 147 calories
  • Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon (66.4%ABV) – 217 & 163 calories

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Josh Mitchell

I'm Josh Mitchell. I love whiskey and am working on increasing my whiskey tasting abilities and my collection.

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