How Many Calories in Kava Drink? (It's Better Than Booze)

At Shot of Joy, we're all about celebrating life and finding joy in the everyday. We do this through our love for Kava, a plant native to the South Pacific islands that has been cherished for centuries for its calming and euphoric effects.

As the world spins faster, more and more people are discovering the benefits of this traditional drink. But as mindful people, we understand that health is a priority, and one question we often get asked is, "How many calories are in a Kava drink?"

In this article, we're going to dive into that very topic.

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Kava and Calories

When prepared correctly, Kava contains very few calories. An 8-12 oz glass of Kava typically has 10-50 calories, depending on the number of times it has been filtered. Unfiltered Kava has around 50 calories, while Kava strained more than 3 times may have as little as 10 calories. 

Kava's calories come from the kava root's material, which is high in starch and fiber. Each tablespoon of kava root contains around 7.4 grams of material, resulting in approximately 29.6 calories.

Filtering Kava reduces the calorie content significantly, with each filtration cutting the calories and amount of kava powder in half. Most professional Kava bars and drinkers filter their Kava 2-3 times, producing 8 oz of Kava containing 50-30 calories. Some places filter their Kava around 5 times, resulting in an 8 oz glass of Kava having 15-25 calories.

However, flavored kava drinks can have higher calorie content, especially fruit kava smoothies that include yogurt, milk, fruits, and ice cream. Adding a 1/4 mixture of juice to Kava can increase the calorie content of an 8 oz kava drink to around 100 calories. 

Generally, unfiltered Kava has around 88 calories per 8 oz serving, while filtered Kava (2 times or more) has approximately 50 calories.

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Kava vs. Alcohol

In our fast-paced world, finding moments of relaxation and joy is essential. But how does Kava stack up against alcohol, another commonly used relaxant? Let's dive into that.


Alcohol has been a go-to for many looking to unwind after a long day. It's a staple at social gatherings, celebrations, and even staying in on quiet nights.

However, the negative impacts of alcohol on both physical and mental health are well-documented. 

From its high-calorie content to its potential for addiction and its detrimental effects on various body systems, alcohol can be far from joyful, especially when consumed in excess.


Enter Kava. This traditional drink from the South Pacific islands offers a healthier alternative. Kava provides similar calming and euphoric effects to alcohol but without the negatives. 

It doesn't cloud your mental clarity, allowing you to feel relaxed while staying sharp. Plus, Kava is not addictive. It's been used to help people overcome the addictive qualities of substances like alcohol.


Now, let's talk about calories. A standard serving of beer or wine can contain anywhere from 100 to 200 calories. In comparison, a serving of hard liquor can have up to 100 calories. In contrast, a serving of Kava has only 10 to 30 calories. 

Lower calories make Kava a fantastic option for those watching their calorie intake but still want to enjoy a relaxing beverage.

Discover the Convenience of Shot of Joy's KAVA Only Shot

At Shot of Joy, we understand that in our fast-paced world, convenience is critical. That's why we've crafted our KAVA Only Shot, a perfect blend of tradition, quality, and convenience.

Preparing Kava the traditional way involves a meticulous process of grinding the root and multiple rounds of filtering. While this process has its charm, it can be time-consuming. Our KAVA Only Shot offers a convenient alternative without compromising the authentic Kava experience.

We've sourced the highest quality Kava and prepared it with the utmost care, ensuring each shot delivers the calming essence of Kava with just the right potency. And with only 10 calories per shot, it's a guilt-free choice for those seeking relaxation without the calorie worry.

Served in eco-friendly, plastic-free bottles, our KAVA Only Shot aligns with our commitment to sustainability. Experience convenience, joy, and mindful relaxation with Shot of Joy's KAVA Only Shot.

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Frequently Asked Questions 

How many calories are in a Kava drink?

Kava is a low-calorie beverage. A typical serving of Kava, such as our KAVA Only Shot at Shot of Joy, contains only 10 calories. The calorie content can vary depending on how the Kava is prepared and what other ingredients are added.

Is Kava a healthier alternative to alcoholic beverages?

Yes, Kava is often considered a healthier alternative to alcohol. It provides similar calming effects but without the high-calorie content and potential health risks associated with excessive alcohol consumption.

How does the calorie content of Kava compare to alcohol?

A standard serving of beer or wine can contain anywhere from 100 to 200 calories. In comparison, a serving of hard liquor can have up to 100 calories. In contrast, a serving of Kava, like our KAVA Only Shot, has only 10 calories.

What is the KAVA Only Shot from Shot of Joy?

Our KAVA Only Shot is a high-quality, low-calorie Kava beverage. It's carefully prepared to ensure a smooth, enjoyable taste. With only 10 calories per shot, it's a guilt-free way to enjoy the relaxing effects of Kava.

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Embrace the Joy of Low-Calorie Kava with Shot of Joy

Kava offers a unique blend of relaxation and euphoria without the high-calorie content found in alcoholic beverages. 

With only 10 to 30 calories per serving, Kava is a mindful choice for those seeking to unwind without compromising their health goals. 

At Shot of Joy, our KAVA Only Shot takes this further, offering a convenient, high-quality Kava experience with just 10 calories per shot. 

So why not embrace the joy of Kava? Experience the calming effects, savor the moment, and celebrate life with Shot of Joy's KAVA Only Shot.

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