7 Worst Drinks Of Fall/Winter

Winter is the season of tantalizing winter beverages. Spiced cider, rich lattes, creamy eggnog, all these winter beverages provide great opportunities to curl up with something warm and soothing. But you really do need to watch out – many of winter’s most popular drinks are full of cream and sugar and have unappetizing calorie counts. Here’s a countdown of the season’s worst offenders.

A red mug of hot chocolate

1. Hot Cocoa: Hot cocoa, that quintessential winter beverage, doesn’t have to pack a calorie-laden punch. Prepared from a mix with water and no whipped-cream topper, two cups of hot cocoa contain a relatively slim 220 calories and 2.2 grams of fat. But one homemade recipe with all the toppings—we’re talking chocolate chips, vanilla extract, whipped cream, sugar and milk—contains a decadent 775 calories and 66 grams of fat per two-cup serving.

eggnog on white background


2. Eggnog: Try to stay away from the pitcher of eggnog at all those holiday parties this year: A two-cup serving contains 686 calories and 36 grams of fat. If you must give in, either drink a smaller portion or mix with milk or coffee.

Hot cider with addition of cinnamon sticks, anise stars, cloves and citrus fruits

Hot cider

3. Hot Apple Cider: Apple cider is high in vitamin C, but it’s packed with sugar, too, which leads to its hefty calorie count. A two-cup serving without any extras can cost you 286 calories and has a whopping 55.2 grams of sugar. That’s more sugar than you’ll find in a 2.17 oz. bag of Skittles candy (47 grams).

Latte with cream in irish coffee mug on white background included clipping path

Irish Coffee

4. Irish Coffee: Spiking an innocent cup of black coffee with alcohol and cream will ratchet up the drink’s unhealthiness. One shot of Bailey’s Irish Cream contains 94 calories and 5.8 grams of fat, and you can multiply that by however many shots it’ll take to keep you, well, warm. Double it for a nice big mug of coffee, and you’re talking 188 calories and nearly 12 grams of fat.