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    Calories in spirits...

    A simple formula will help you figure the calories in distilled spirits: number of ounces times proof times .08 equals calories. For example, a 1-ounce portion of 80 proof has about 64 caloires (1x8x.08=64). The higher the proof the more alcohol and calories a drink will contain. This fourmula does not apply to Liqueurs or other spirits that have added sugars.

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    Re: Calories in spirits...

    Wow, thanks, that's really handy! I think you made a slight typo (it should be .8 instead of .08), but that's a really useful formula. Now I can identify "low calorie" bourbon. And it's all relative. I just need to buy a bottle of something high enough in proof to make my current pour "low calorie" in comparison.

    Let's see. An ounce and a half of Bookers (figuring around 128 proof) is 153 calories. So my ounce a half pour of Weller's 12 would be 108 calories. So it has 30% less calories.

    Wow. Diet Bourbon. That's a scary thought.

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    Re: Calories in spirits...

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    Re: Calories in spirits...

    The formula as written yields .64 instead of 64. They're off by a factor of 100.

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    Re: Calories in spirits...

    Ok, so ya'll help me here...I'm totally confused (there's something unusual... )
    The little clip Bettye Jo posted came from our Kentucky Standard on Monday. The article was full of interesting little tidbits. I have it laying here to incorporate some of them into my website. (Ya put me to shame Bettye Jo, I should have thought about posting it here...good catch... )
    But I don't want to add it if it's wrong...
    Please bear with me, I'm a right brainer. But I promise to listen real close... .
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    Re: Calories in spirits...

    It looks like the author left off the zero from 80, as in 80 proof. If you multiply by 80 (again, the proof) instead of just 8 (as published) you would get the correct asnwer. Just a typo.

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    Re: Calories in spirits...

    Aaaaaahhhh! Now I get it (slaps her forehead... )!
    Thanks Jeff...
    Bj

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    Re: Calories in spirits...

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    Re: Calories in spirits...

    Counting calories in bourbon? What's next, cholesterol? Sure I need to watch my calories (probably more than the rest of you), but I gave up pork rinds, foods fried in lard, and buttered bacon and egg sandwiches already. For goodness sake, it's the elixir of life, just drink it and the calories will take care of themselves.

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    Re: Calories in spirits...

    Nope, that yields 6.4. JBEWLEY was right before. The correct formula is 1x80x.8=64, at least that's the right way to get to an answer of 64. Therefore, the formula is (ounces)x(proof)x.8=(calories).

    Gotta love the Kentucky Standard.

    I'm as right-brained (or hair brained) as anybody. That's why I always run everything through the calculator about 5 times.

 

 

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