How can brandy taste so sweet and not have any carbohydrates?

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I have a question regarding brandy (liquor). How can brandy taste so sweet and not have any carbohydrates? Also, where do the calories come from, if brandy does not have any protein, carbohydrates or fat? Thanks.

Brandy is made from distilled wine or fermented fruit juice and is aged in a barrel. Even though there are carbohydrates in wine or fruit juice, it is turned into alcohol during the distillation process. FYI, cognac is the finest grade of brandy. Specific nutrient values for brandy are not available in nutrient databases.

Generally, 1 jigger (1 1/2 ounces) of 80 proof liquor (40% alcohol in gin, rum, vodka, and whiskey) has:

  • 97 calories
  • 0 gm protein
  • 0 gm fat
  • 0 gm carbohydrate
  • 14 grams alcohol

In a coffee liqueur like Kahlua (53 proof or 26.5% alcohol), 1 jigger (1 1/2 ounces) has:

  • 170 calories
  • 0 gm protein
  • 0 gm fat
  • 24 gm carbohydrate
  • 11 gm alcohol

The calories in alcoholic beverages come from alcohol, which contributes 7 calories per gram as opposed to 4 calories per gram for protein and carbohydrate and 9 calories per gram for fat. So if you take 7 calories per gram times approximately 14 grams of alcohol per jigger (1 1/2 ounces), this equals 98 calories. If the alcoholic beverage such as a liqueur also contains carbohydrate (like Kahlua), then the calories for this beverage will be higher.