The surprising amount of sugar in YOUR favourite 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 analysed the sugar content of popular Christmas cocktails
  • Worst cocktail for your teeth is the Mudslide which has five teaspoons of sugar
  • Grapefruit gin sour mocktail came second with over 17g of sugar in one serving
  • The Christmas season is looming and is a time where many like to indulge and enjoy some sweet treats and our favourite festive tipple 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 analysed the sugar content – and the results aren’t so sweet…

    They found that the worst cocktail for your teeth in terms of sugar content is the Mudslide – a creamy coffee-flavoured beverage – which has a whopping 22 grams of sugar which amounts to over 5 teaspoons.

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

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

    ExpressDentist.com discovered 20 of the most popular cocktails we enjoy over Christmas and then analysed the sugar content. They found the worst cocktail for your teeth in terms of sugar content is 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.

    Ranking in third place is the classic Snowball which has over 16 grams of sugar in one serving

    Second on the list is a grapefruit gin sour mocktail with over 17 grams of sugar in just one serving (left) and ranking in third place is the classic Snowball which has 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%
    Grapefruit gin sour mocktail  17  57%
    Snowball  16  53%
    Christmas Punch  16  53%
    Espresso Shrub Martini  14  47%
    Mulled Wine  13.6  45%
    Poinsettia  13  43%
    Sloe Gin Fizz  12  40%
    Eggnog  12  40%
    10  Irish Cream  12  40%
    11  Mulled gin  12  40%
    12  Pomegranate & vermouth mulled wine  12  40%
    13  Hot buttered rum  10  33%
    14  Boulevardier  10  33%
    15  Buck’s Fizz  30%
    16  Hot toddy  30%
    17  Champagne Cocktail  27%
    18  Festive Negroni  24%
    19  Plum brandy  17%
    20  Christmas Pudding Vodka 10%

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

    This amounts to over 4 teaspoons of sugar which is 60% of your daily intake, so it advised to be drunk in moderation.

    Ranking in third place is the classic Snowball otherwise known as ‘Dutch Eggnog’. This festive favourite has over 16 grams of sugar in one serving, which is 4 teaspoons of sugar and more than 50% of your daily intake, potentially causing havoc on your teeth if drunk too frequently.

    Mulled wine, a go-to favourite, places 6th on the list with over 13 grams of sugar (4 teaspoons) in one serving, equating to almost half of your daily intake. The traditional Eggnog is 9th with over 3 teaspoons of sugar in one glass.

    A Christmas punch placed fourth with 16g of sugar content, making up 53% of your daily allowance

     A Christmas punch placed fourth with 16g of sugar content, making up 53% of your daily allowance

    The Espresso Shrub Martini came in fifth with  14g of sugar

    Mulled Wine ranked 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 go-to favourite, ranks 6th on the list with over 13 grams of sugar (4 teaspoons) in one serving

    On the other end of the scale, the cocktail that is potentially kindest to your teeth is the Christmas Pudding Vodka.

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

    Craig Anderson, a spokesperson from Express Dentist commented: ‘At Christmas, we often feel inclined to indulge in sugary treats and alcoholic beverages, and it is fine to treat yourself, but we recommend you do it in moderation! 

    ‘The more sugar you consume daily, the more it can affect your teeth’s enamel, resulting in more visits to your dentist. Be kind to your teeth!’

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