What is the healthiest gin?

While not every brand discloses their calorie and sugar content, here is a list of some major brands and producers which have made gin calorie and sugar content information public.

All information is sourced directly from the brands themselves. While secondhand information exists on several fitness sites, we’re only including direct citations.

Gin NameTypeABVSugar*Calories** / 1.5 oz servingSource
Beefeater Burrough’s ReserveAged43%0105[8]
BeefeaterDry40%098[6]
Beefeater 24Dry45%0111[7]
Bombay Dry GinDry43%0g106[1]
Bombay SapphireDry47%0g115[1]
Bombay Sapphire EastDry42%0g104[1]
Greenall’s GinDry37.5%092[9]
Hendrick’s [UK]Dry41.4%<0.1g108[4]
Malfy GinDry41%0101[14]
Monkey 47Dry47%0115[13]
Oxley GinDry47%0g115[2]
Plymouth GinDry41.2%0102[15]
Seagram’s Distiller’s ReserveDry47%0110[12]
Seagram’s Extra Dry GinDry40%0100[12]
Beefeater Pink [UK]Flavored37.5%~2g101[5]
Greenall’s Blueberry GinFlavored37.5%092[10]
Malfy Gin Con LimoneFlavored41%<0.1g101[14]
Seagram’s Lime Twisted GinFlavored35%<1g90[12]
Seagram’s Melon Twisted GinFlavored35%2g90[12]
Seagram’s Pineapple Twisted GinFlavored35%1g90[12]
Plymouth Navy StrengthNavy Strength57%0111[15]
Greenall’s Sloe GinSloe26%9g96[11]
Monkey 47 Sloe GinSloe29%1.5g92[13]
For Comparison: 42 Below VodkaVodka40%098[3]
*London “Dry” gins can contain no more than 0.1g/L. **Calories are rounded to nearest whole calorie

How to figure out calories in a gin

The energy per gram of ethanol is about 7 calories. For comparison, there are 9 calories per gram of fat, while protein and carbs pack about 4 calories per gram.

Because of this close association, for gins (and spirits) with no added sweetening or other ingredients, you see a close correlation between ABV and calorie content.

In short, for non-sweetened spirits the most important way to count calories is by looking at the proof. If it’s a 30% ABV vodka, it’s going to have fewer calories than a Navy Strength Gin. Because alcohol contributes to calories far more than sugar— even sweetened spirits will be more determined by their ABV.

Overall, you can assume that the average gin will pack 60-70 calories per ounce.

The Healthiest Gin

So what is the healthiest gin? It’s not really a fair question. Alcohol is not healthful and if you’re drinking you should be aware of that fact.

However, if your goal is to merely count calories and watch your caloric count look to the proof of the spirit. Sip your spirits neat, or with soda water.

Until the industry and its regulatory authorities catch up and begin being more transparent about nutrition information, this is perhaps the best shorthand for figuring out calories. For sugar content, look for the designation “dry.” In the European Union it is regulated that “a distilled gin may be designated as ‘dry’ if it does not add more than 0.1 grams of sweetening products per liter.” This is part of the London Dry definition as well. But even gins that don’t explicitly say it are rarely sweetened above the 0.1g/L threshold.

Overall the healthiest gin is one consumed in moderation.

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