The Unhealthiest Restaurant Cocktails in America
Ordering a classic cocktail with dinner or at happy hour is a great way to wind down after a hectic day and socialize with friends. However, some of your favorite restaurant chains are shaking up cocktails that have just as many calories as your entrée—if not more. We did some digging and found the biggest boozy offenders.
Methodology: To identify the unhealthiest restaurant cocktails in the nation, we examined the drinks menu at eight popular restaurant chains: Olive Garden, Red Robin, Cheesecake Factory, TGI Friday's, Red Lobster, Chili's, Outback Steakhouse, and Applebee's. We considered cocktails with at least 60 grams of sugar. However, all but one cocktail on this list have at least 70 grams of sugar. We also took saturated fat and sodium contents into consideration. We then ranked by calories to get our final list. We only included, at most, the top two unhealthiest cocktails from each restaurant. We excluded regional and limited-time-only drinks from this list, too. Though we looked at nine of the most popular restaurant chains, not all restaurants were ultimately included on this list because their drinks did not crack our top 8 worst.
Now, see the top 8 unhealthiest restaurant cocktails in America.
Outback Steakhouse's Huckleberry Hooch Moonshine Cocktail
This cocktail combines Ole Smoky Blackberry Moonshine with muddled seasonal berries and a mixture of mango, orange, and pineapple juices. With that in mind, it's likely obvious to deduce why just one drink yields a staggering 116 grams of sugar. How much sugar is that? You'd have to eat an entire pint of Ben & Jerry's Peanut Butter Cup ice cream, and even then you'd fall 20 grams short of what this cocktail contains. All of that sugar for only 180 calories? Imagine if you drank two.
Outback Steakhouse's Watermelon Hunch Punch
Outback Steakhouse snags the first two spots on this unhealthiest restaurant cocktails list. The Hunch Punch also includes Ole Smoky Blackberry Moonshine and is mixed with lemonade and fresh watermelon. As a result, you get a cocktail that houses nearly 130 grams of sugar. That's like eating 80 Sour Patch Kids gummies!
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TGI Friday's Frozen Blue Hawaiian
This frozen, almost slushie-like drink may look adorable enough to post on your Instagram story however, you may want to consider skipping it. This blue drink is loaded in calories and added sugars. A Blue Hawaiian is typically made of rum, pineapple juice, blue curaçao liqueur, and coconut cream. If you need a rum fix, opt for a Captain Morgan & Coke at TGI Friday's—it costs you a fraction of the calories and sugar (120 calories, 15 grams of sugar).
TGI Friday's Flaming Frozen Lava Flow
The frozen cocktails at TGI Friday's are the most caloric cocktails of the bunch. How exactly can a cocktail be flaming and frozen all at once, you might ask? Servers light the top of the cocktail on fire. Now that's what we call a hot garnish!
Red Lobster's Raspberry Lobsterita
Are you starting to see a trend here? Frozen margaritas will cause some damage to the waistline if consumed regularly. Red Lobster's raspberry-flavored margarita also packs the most sugar out of all of the margarita flavors the seafood place has to offer—you've been warned!
Red Lobster's Alotta Colada
For 550 calories, you could either sip on Red Lobster's Alotta Colada boozy beverage, or you could feast on a half portion of the shrimp linguini alfredo dish. With the pasta dish, you save 46 grams of carbs and 96 grams of sugar. So, which will it be?
Applebee's Mucho Shark Bowl Cocktail
Can you believe the size of this cocktail? It's no wonder why it's just under 700 calories! This may just be the sugariest cocktail served at any major restaurant chain. The cocktail, which was introduced last year, is made with Captain Morgan rum and tropical fruit flavors and is topped with a chewy shark gummy.
TGI Friday's Ultimate Mudslide
TGI Friday's Mudslide cocktail might as well be called a milkshake with Bailey's Irish Cream, vanilla ice cream, and chocolate syrup all swirled into the mix. In addition to Bailey's, Kahlúa, and vodka give this drink a boozy boost. Trust us, there are other ways you can get a buzz and not sacrifice 86 grams of sugar.