How Many Calories Are REALLY In That Holiday Drink?

The holiday season is teeming with delectable aromas and flavors — many in the form of classic, cold-weather beverages. Nothing compares to the sweet taste of pumpkin spice or the combustible combination of peppermint and mocha. Yet, behind the sinfully good flavors lie some surprising calorie counts. Let’s look at some of the scary facts behind what you may be drinking.

How Many Calories Are REALLY in that Holiday Drink

Pumpkin Spice Latte

This espresso beverage inspired by grandma’s pumpkin pie packs a wallop of calories, often clocking in at 420, with 18 grams of fat — and that’s just in a 16 ounce serving! If you just cut it down to a small, with no whipped cream and 2% milk, you’ll save yourself nearly 200 calories and over 10 grams of fat. Now that’s a good compromise!

Peppermint Mocha

This classic take on chocolate and mint is understandably a holiday drink favorite. However, that seemingly innocent 16 ounce cup can contain a shocking 470 calories and 19 grams of fat. You can still enjoy this classic holiday drink without all the calories by requesting a small with 2% milk and no whipped cream. By doing this, you’ll consume closer to 280 calories and 6 grams of fat.


Let’s face it. Eggnog tastes rich and creamy for a reason. That savory holiday drink is made using milk, cream, eggs, and lots of sugar. This combination creates around 350 calories and 19 grams of fat in one small, 8 ounce serving. You can lighten up this holiday favorite by using nonfat milk or your favorite milk substitute and by using a healthy sugar alternative like honey.

Candy Cane Martini

We can hardly talk about holiday drinks without discussing the category of adult beverages. A great example of this is the candy cane martini, with the hallmark holiday flavor of peppermint. This minty holiday favorite, with its cream base and mix of sugar and spirits, can pack 230 calories in one small glass. If you’re looking to cut back those pesky calories, replace the cream with milk or your favorite milk alternative, and use that candy cane as a garnish instead of the sugary flavoring inside.

Dessert Wine

This sweet, delicious holiday treat is like adult candy. For every 3.5 ounce glass, though, you could be putting away 165 calories! You can still  enjoy a refreshing glass  of wine without the extra calories by opting for a white wine, which typicall contains only around 120 calories for every 5 ounces, plus only one gram of sugar. Clearly this is a much healthier choice.

Enjoy your tasty holiday drink without paying the hefty consequences. You don’t have to sacrifice taste in order to enjoy holiday flavor. Keep these tips in mind the next time you’re waiting in line at your local coffee shop or choosing your beverage at the holiday party.

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