The surprising amount of sugar in YOUR favorite Christmas cocktails

Hold the eggnog! Christmas drinks including snowballs and mulled wine contain FOUR teaspoons of sugar – but it’s good news if you like champagne cocktails and hot toddies

  • ExpressDentist.com analyzed the sugar content of popular Christmas cocktails
  • The worst cocktail for your teeth is the Mudslide with five teaspoons of sugar
  • Grapefruit gin sour mocktail came in second with over 17g of sugar in one serving










The Christmas season is approaching and it is a time when many are eager to indulge in some sweet treats and our favorite festive drink is no exception.

Interested in the best and worst cocktails for our teeth, ExpressDentist.com discovered 20 of the most popular cocktails we enjoy over Christmas and then analyzed the sugar content – and the results aren’t quite as sweet…

They found that the worst cocktail for your teeth in terms of sugar content is the Mudslide — a creamy coffee-flavored drink — which has a whopping 22 grams of sugar, which equates to over 5 teaspoons.

This is almost 75% of your recommended daily intake, which is 25 g for women and 38 g for men.

ExpressDentist.com discovered 20 of the most popular cocktails we enjoy over Christmas and then analyzed the sugar content. They found the worst cocktail for your teeth in terms of sugar content, the Mudslide, which has a whopping 22 grams of sugar

Second on the list is a grapefruit gin sour mocktail with over 17 grams of sugar in just one serving.

In third place is the classic snowball with more than 16 grams of sugar in one serving

Second on the list is a grapefruit gin and sour mocktail with over 17 grams of sugar in just one serving (left), and third is the classic snowball with over 16 grams of sugar in one serving (right).

COCKTAILS AND THEIR SUGAR CONTENT
rank Cocktail Sugar content (in grams) % of daily sugar intake in one serving
1 mudslide 22 73%
2 Grapefruit gin sour mocktail 17 57%
3 Snowball 16 53%
4 Christmas punch 16 53%
5 Espresso Bush Martinic 14 47%
6 Mulled wine 13.6 45%
7 poinsettia 13 43%
8 Sloe Gin Fizz 12 40%
9 eggnog 12 40%
10 irish cream 12 40%
11 Mulled wine 12 40%
12 Pomegranate & Vermouth Mulled Wine 12 40%
13 Hot buttered rum 10 33%
14 Boulevardier 10 33%
15 Buck’s Fizz 9 30%
16 hot grog 9 30%
17 Champagne cocktail 8 27%
18 Festive Negroni 7 24%
19 plum brandy 5 17%
20 Christmas pudding vodka 3 10%

Second on the list is a grapefruit gin sour mocktail with over 17 grams of sugar in just one serving.

This equates to over 4 teaspoons of sugar, which is 60% of your daily intake, so it is recommended to drink in moderation.

In third place is the classic Snowball, also known as ‘Dutch Eggnog’. This festive favorite has over 16 grams of sugar in one serving, which is 4 teaspoons of sugar and over 50% of your daily intake, potentially causing damage to your teeth if you drink too often.

Mulled wine, a favorite, ranks 6th on the list with more than 13 grams of sugar (4 teaspoons) in one serving, which equates to nearly half of your daily intake. The traditional Eggnog is 9th with over 3 teaspoons of sugar in one glass.

A Christmas punch in fourth place with a sugar content of 16 g, good for 53% of your daily intake

A Christmas punch in fourth place with a sugar content of 16 g, good for 53% of your daily intake

The Espresso Shrub Martini came fifth with 14g sugar

Mulled wine ranks 6th on the list with over 13g of sugar (4 teaspoons) in one serving

The Espresso Shrub Martini came in fifth with 14g of sugar (left) while mulled wine, a top favorite, is sixth on the list with over 13g of sugar (4 teaspoons) in one serving

At the other end of the scale, the cocktail that may be friendliest to your teeth is the Christmas Pudding Vodka.

This is a liquid variation of the traditional dessert with just 3 grams of sugar (less than one teaspoon) in one serving, it’s only 10% of your daily recommended sugar intake, meaning a few more wouldn’t hurt you in theory.

Craig Anderson, an Express Dentist spokesperson said: ‘At Christmas we often tend to indulge in sweet treats and alcoholic beverages, and it’s fine to treat yourself, but we recommend that you do it in moderation!

“The more sugar you ingest on a daily basis, the more it can damage the enamel of your teeth, resulting in more visits to your dentist. Be kind to your teeth!’

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