Whether you're watching your weight, minding your health, managing diabetes, following a keto diet, or trying to prevent a hangover, there's plenty of reasons people aim to consume cocktails with little to no sugar.
It can be a bit tricky since some spirits, and many mixes, are high in sugar and calories (usually to mask the taste of the alcohol). But what if we highlighted the alcohol in a cohesive and pleasant way, while reducing the sugar rush and headache? Tall order, but no match for us, we've got a few ideas for you.
In a fast-paced bar, ordering a "Collins" of any kind with a clear spirit (Tom, Juan, Comrade Collins, etc) is going to be a low-sugar option. We like to take things a bit further, and yummier, for those who have the resources to enhance the flavor optics a bit. Low-sugar doesn't need to mean plain.
In a shaker, combine ice and all ingredients except soda water. Shake and strain over fresh ice into Collins glass, topping with soda water. Garnish with a lemon wheel and maraschino cherry.
Cucumber Gin Fizz
Ordering a gin/vodka fizz is another great convenience option, but here's our extra refreshing twist on it (plus fresh breath for any face-to-face).
Dry shake egg whites. Then muddle mint and add ice plus all other ingredients, minus soda water. Shake vigorously and strain over fresh ice in a Coupe glass. Top with soda water and garnish with cucumber accordion.
Rosemary Peach Lemonade
Order a vodka lemon soda in a simple setting, but order/make this baby if you can. It's super low sugar and so uniquely tart and herbal!
Shake all the ingredients with ice and strain over fresh ice in a Collins glass. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary.
Like its counterpart, the Caesar, there are many ways to make this drink, but each one is delicious. Both vodka and tomato juice are low-sugar.
Rim a Caesar glass with a smokey, salty mix. Add ice and ingredients and stir well. Garnish with celery sticks, lime, and olive.
Orange Ginger Snap
Orange and ginger juices are among the lowest-sugar mixes, while molasses is a lower-sugar sweetener. They pair incredibly with an autumn baking vibe.
Combine all ingredients, except ginger beer, with ice in a mixing glass and stir for 10 seconds. Strain over fresh ice in a highball glass and top with ginger beer. Garnish with orange wheel and star anise.
Whether you sip the simple or enhanced versions of these cocktails, you'll be feeling hydrated and naturally energetic, with an easier morning. Citruses and clear liquors are low-sugar, especially when paired with soda instead of tonic!Check out more delicious sugar-free options at Chip's Liquor!