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    Diet Busters: 10 High-Calorie Holiday Drinks

    Watch out for these diet-destroying beverages this holiday season.


    17 g fat

    10 g saturated fat

    55 mg cholesterol

    5. Margarita, made with limeade, tequila, triple sec, and ice.

    Per serving (about 9 ounces, not including ice):

    408 calories

    25 g carbohydrate

    0 g fat

    0 g saturated fat

    0 mg cholesterol

    6. White Russian, made with vodka, coffee liqueur, and 1 1/2 ounces liquid light whipping cream.

    Per serving:

    355 calories (or 286 if you use half-and-half instead of whipping cream)

    14 g carbohydrate

    13 g fat (5 if using half-and-half)

    8 g saturated fat (3 if using half-and-half)

    47 mg cholesterol (16 with half-and-half)

    7. Eggnog (regular store-bought, not including any added liquor)

    Per 1-cup serving:

    350 calories

    34 g carbohydrate

    19 g fat

    11 g saturated fat

    149 mg cholesterol

    8. Hot Chocolate (coffeehouse), made with steamed milk, mocha syrup, vanilla syrup, and whipped cream)

    Per 12-ounce serving:

    320 calories

    38 g carbohydrate

    16 g fat

    9 g saturated fat

    50 mg cholesterol

    9. Mud Slide, made with vodka, Kahlua, Bailey's Irish cream, and half-and-half.

    Per 4-ounce serving:

    295 calories

    20 g carbohydrate

    8 g fat

    5 g saturated fat

    15 mg cholesterol

    10. Brandy Alexander, made with brandy, dark creme de cacao, and half-and-half.

    Per 4-ounce serving:

    246 calories

    8 g carbohydrate

    9 g fat

    6 g saturated fat

    20 mg cholesterol

    A Few More Favorite Holiday Drinks

    Champagne is the classic toast at many holiday parties, and martinis are another popular standby. But Matt Raftree, beverage and bakery operations manager for Cheesecake Factory Inc., says the Mojito is, across the board, their top bar beverage.

    While these aren't the highest-calorie drinks around, it's still essential to watch your portions. One drink won't break the 200-calorie mark, but two or three will put you quickly in the 360- to 540-calorie range.

    Here's the rundown:


    Per typical serving (2 1/2 ounces gin, 1/2 ounce vermouth, 1 cup ice, and 1 green olive):

    185 calories

    1 g carbohydrate

    0.5 g fat

    0 g saturated fat

    0 mg cholesterol


    Per 1-cup serving:

    182 calories

    5 g carbohydrate

    0 g fat

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