A Guide To Sugar-Free, Low-Carb Drinking & 5 Cocktails (Recipes)

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By Cooking Panda

Reducing your sugar intake can be tough, especially if you’re on one of those “no fun allowed” diets.

One thing that I really miss when I’m dieting or otherwise cutting out sugar is alcohol. But the good news is that many folks can still have the occasional drink even while watching calories, sugar and/or carbs. You just have to be smart about it and make sure to save yourself a few extra calories/carbs if you know you’re going to indulge.

As they say, nothing in excess, including moderation.

If you’re strict on your sugar and carbs, you can still have the occasional drink or two, but note that doing so might slow down your results if you are dieting, since your liver will be too busy processing the booze to do much else, not to mention the added calories in each drink.

Low-carb folks, keep in mind that your alcohol tolerance is going to be significantly lower compared to carb eaters, so make sure to take it easy, and definitely don’t drive.

Dry wines (non-sweet reds like Malbec or Cabernet Sauvignon and non-flavored brut champagne are best, though some whites like Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc also work), non-flavored straight liquor and lite beer are acceptable as well. Here’s some more info about sugar free drink recipes:

Still, you might miss the fun of crafting delicious cocktails. If you get tired of vodka/La Croix, gin/diet tonic, and whiskey/Diet Coke, you might enjoy some of these magical low-sugar, low-carb drinks. Following are some sugar-free cocktails you would enjoy:

1. The Clyfford Still​​

This luscious coconut milk drink is absolute heaven with a few modifications: Instead of syrup, lightly smash up to a tablespoon of cardamom pods, and gently muddle them with the lime and gin. You can also add a few drops/sprinkles of your favorite sugar-free sweetener to taste. Feel free to leave out the turmeric, and if you are so inclined, you can top with coconut-flavored seltzer water (like La Croix). Absolutely delicious!

2. Extra Dirty Martini

Just keep the dry vermouth to a minimum — well under ½ ounce, ideally — and you should be fine. A good way to do this is to swirl the vermouth in the glass like so and leave it out of the mixing cup. If you order one of these out, keep an eye on the bartender and make sure they don’t load the drink up with vermouth.

3. Hot Buttered Rum

High-fat, low-carb people will love this one! This smooth, creamy, boozy drink is sort of like desserty Bulletproof coffee. In fact, this is also great in coffee too, with or without the alcohol. Note that if you’re really strict on your carb count, liquid sweetener is going to be lower carb than the powdered stuff. Just read the labels, do the math, and you’ll be all right.

4. Vodka Mojito

For some reason, fruity flavors like lime do a great job masking the “fake” flavors of non-sugar sweeteners, making this refreshing, sugar-free concoction an absolute delight and a dead ringer for the real thing.

5. Caribbean Rum Punch

Want to really shake things up? If you miss those lovely tiki drinks, this two-rum cocktail, complete with the genius additions of two different kinds of water-enhancing drops plus lime juice and sugarless soda, brings an absolutely lovely flavor. Keep in mind that dark rum sometimes has the slightest bit of sugar added to it (likely well under 2 grams of sugar per ounce), so it’s going to be low sugar and carb but not totally devoid of them.

6. Moscow Mule

This cocktail is pure magic! The secret is that sugar-free ginger syrup that gets added to diet ginger ale for a brilliant way to replicate the sugary, spicy original. This drink is also delicious with whiskey for an Irish Mule or bourbon for a Kentucky Mule, though be aware that like rum, some whiskies have trace amounts of added sugar in them, if you’re really sensitive to that stuff.

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6 Fab Ginger Cocktails To Warm You On A Chilly Night (Recipes)

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By Cooking Panda

I LOVE ginger drinks. I could drink Jameson and Gingers, Moscow Mules and Dark and Stormies from now until the end of time, and I’d never complain.

The slightly spicy, fresh root perfectly complements all kinds of boozy flavors, and it is a great flavor to help you enjoy the crisp fall season. But since it goes so well with so many different types of cocktails, why limit yourself to just the classics?

Let’s get a little wild! From lime beer to tequila to apple brandy, here are some cocktail recipes featuring a number of delectable ginger combinations that you probably haven’t thought of:

1. Ginger Beer Party Punch

Bud Light Lime, ginger beer and lemonade make for an excellent crowd sipper! If you want it a little stronger, add a few glugs of vodka or any type of ginger-flavored booze.

2. Pom Pomme

With just four ingredients, this strong yet sweet, perfectly balanced apple-pomegranate cocktail is an excellent way to enjoy fall fruit!

3. Napoleon’s Loss

If for some reason, the delicious name isn’t enough to get you interested in mixing up one of these, the triumphant fall return of robust tequila and smoky mezcal should get you excited to sip one of these.

4. Spicy Ginger Citrus Cocktail

Love Moscow mules? This is basically the same thing, but it gets a welcome extra spicy kick from hot sauce or serrano chilies. You can also infuse your vodka with the serranos. Quarter around 10-15 chilies (jalapenos, habaneros, or any combination thereof also work!) removing the seeds if you like it with a little less heat, and store it in a cool, dry place for a week or so.

5. The Dahlgren


This sweet, spicy highball features tequila, lime, creme de cassis and ginger ale with an extra rich kick from tawny port. A truly unusual yet excellently balanced affair!

6. The Wayland’s Bermuda Black

Love yourself a Dark ‘n Stormy? I sure do too! This is basically a 2.0 version of the old standby, with two different kinds of rum, spicy ginger juice and chocolatey beer (like porter or stout) for an extra fizzy punch. Fun!

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