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The Best Cocktail Recipes When You’re Cutting Sugar

Parties, drinks after work, dinner out. It can be hard to avoid drinking, but the good news is, even if you’re cutting back on sugar, you don’t have to!

First, it’s good to know what to beware of: cocktails are sweet, and they can have a shocking amount of sugar. A strawberry daiquiri can contain 22 grams of sugar and a Moscow mule can have 25 grams (that’s the recommended limit for added sugars in a whole day!). The key is to avoid sweet mixers like tonic water and fruit juice as well as added sweeteners like simple syrup.  

Here are two of my favorite alternatives, a sugar-free version of a margarita and a greyhound. Both taste great, have no added sugar, and are easy to make.

Limegevity Margarita

Makes 1 drink

  • Zest from 1 lime
  • 1 Tbsp. kosher salt
  • 1½ ounces (3 Tbsp.) blanco tequila
  • 1 Tbsp. lime juice
  • ¼ cup seltzer

On a small plate, mix together lime zest and salt. Rub cut half of a lime on the rim of a glass. Dip the edge of the glass in the salt mixture. Add tequila and lime juice to the glass and stir to mix. Add ice cubes and top with selzer. Serve immediately.

Glowing Grapefruit Cocktail

Makes 1 drink

  • 2 ounces (¼ cup) vodka
  • 4 ounces (½ cup) grapefruit-flavored seltzer (preferably LaCroix Pamplemousse)
  • 1 slice of fresh grapefruit
  • 1 sprig of mint

In a glass filled with ice, add vodka and top with grapefruit seltzer. Garnish with grapefruit slice and mint.

Limit yourself to one or two low-sugar cocktails a night, working in a glass of plain water or seltzer after your first drink to keep yourself from overdoing it. You’ll sleep better and be happy to did in the morning!