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


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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How To Get Paid To Travel The World And Drink Vodka


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If you are somebody who likes to travel, but also likes to drink some dang good Vodka while doing it, then boy do we have the opportunity of a lifetime for you — if you’re unemployed, looking, and have a freaking amazing palate and sense of smell, that is.

Absolut is now hiring a new “Sensory Expert” now that Per Hermansson, the man who has been getting paid to explore the many ways spirits are experienced and sensed for the famous vodka brand, is finally retiring after more than four decades of work.

According to Metro, he is known as the “Billion Dollar Nose” due to his expert sense of smell, which is an absolut (haha, get it?) requirement for the person who holds the title of Sensory Expert.

Are you qualified for the position? Essentially, you’ll need a great sense of smell, sharp and refined tasting skills that help the brand create new and undeniably winning drinks, the ability to run a slew of masterclasses that inform pupils about spirits and their distinctive scents and flavor profiles and, of course, the ability and desire to travel the world, keeping up with all of the latest trends in the alcohol and food worlds.

You need to be a tastemaker and a trendspotter.

A leader and an entrepreneur.

A storyteller and a star.

A doer and a team player.

“This is one of the most complex jobs in the business — you need to be equal parts innovator, chemist, teacher, creator and ambassador,” Hermansson told Metro.

“This person not only needs to have the technical skills needed for the job, but a passion for creativity to keep Absolut on the forefront [of] innovation.”

That means if you secretly prefer whiskey to vodka, this probably isn’t the position for you — you have to live, breathe, and yearn for Absolut vodka.

Do you think you have what it takes?

Sources: Metro, Absolut / Photo Credit: Absolut

Tags: absolut, job position, sensory expert, vodka, world travel
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Vodka Is Having An Identity Crisis


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This is one of the most bizarre marketing gimmicks we’ve seen in a while.

Everybody knows that the food business is always contending with some sort of competition, and brands have to evolve to stay relevant. There’s a reason why McDonald’s is testing upscale locations, Burger King churns out some new food-hybrid-monstrosity almost once a month (hello, Mac N’ Cheetos), and Oreo comes out with a limited-edition flavor what seems like every Wednesday.

Some things, however, are fine just the way they are — or so we thought.

In a bizarre twist of events, distillers of clear spirits such as vodka are now making a shift toward producing barrel-aged vodka and gin. Why? Oh, so that the spirits appear darker and whiskey-like in hue.

Identity crisis, much?

Per Delish, The Wall Street Journal reported that vodka has seen a steep drop in sales, mostly because consumers seem to believe that darker liquors are more complex, more mature, and less likely to be cheapened with artificial tampering.

To be fair, we can more readily see ourselves offering our dignified grandfather a nice, single malt scotch, and not necessarily a cupcake-flavored vodka shot, but we digress.

Delish reports that plenty of brands are already hopping on the dark-hue bangwaggon, with companies such as Absolut adding a caramel-hued and barrel-aged vodka called Oak to its lineup, with the specific goal to attract whiskey lovers to the clearer side. 

Craft distilleries are getting in on the action too; Bull Run in Oregon and Grey Goose both offer vodka that has been aged in either whiskey casks or barrels.

Source: Delish / Photo credit: Kun Yang/Dreamstime via Trazee Travel

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Drinking This Tequila Won’t Give You A Hangover, According To The LA Health Crowd


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Uh oh.

If you are of legal age and want to responsibility indulge in an alcoholic beverage or two some nights or can you get a hangover from tequila, that is perfectly fine. There are studies out there that allege that a glass of red wine is actually good for our health!

However, I don’t think anybody was arguing that taking shots of tequila was doing our bodies any big favors — until now.

Per Metro, the Los Angeles wellness crowd is now saying that tequila — yes, the alcohol you drank on that one night that you hardly remember, but really, really would like to forget — being gluten-free and also vegan, is… healthy?

More specifically, the purest type of tequila made from 100% agave, blanco tequila, is in, because it doesn’t give you a hangover.

Hello darkness my old friend:

Here is the best tequila for no hangover.

I guess the idea is that you can drink your fill of tequila, party all night, and then feel well enough to hit the gym and your wheatgrass-smoothies the next morning with ease.

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“We have a lot of trainers and fitness gurus who come in and drink every day,” Jason Eisner, director at a trendy vegan Hollywood bar, Gracias Madre, told The Cut. “The way they’re able to do that is to stick to pure agave spirits.

“As long as you stay hydrated and don’t drink, like, a whole bottle, you’re fine. Not hungover.”

Have you ever wondered, for instance, why after a night of drinking whiskey you feel so much worse than after a night of drinking vodka?

According to a study published in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, congeners — a chemical that gets produced during alcohol’s fermentation process, which occurs particularly in barrel-aged drinks like wine, whiskey and brandy — increase the severity of any given hangover.

Pure tequila, as opposed to normal mixed tequilas, do not have as many congeners or sugars. Thus, minimal hangovers.

As for the argument on whether or not the drink is beneficial to your health (as opposed to just not hangover-inducing), while it is true that the blue agave plant has been found to contain certain sugars that help lower blood-sugar levels, there’s no proof that finished tequila has those effects too.

Sources: Metro, The CutScientific American / Photo credit: Hangover PricesTags: Bachelor's Party, best tequila, hangover party, hangovers, health, Party, shots, tequila, tequila hangover, vodka
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Anti-Aging Vodka? This Company Says It’s A Real Thing


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We’ve all had that feeling after a long night out – you know you’ve had a little too much to drink and stayed out a little too late, and you’re pretty sure you’ll be looking haggard and feeling worse in the morning.

Well, a German vodka company says that they have found a solution to mitigate the wear and tear you experience when you drink. The Berlin-based ANTI-EVERYTHING drink companyrecently introduced its anti-aging vodka, a collagen-infused liquor that they are calling a “revolutionary new beauty drink for the nightlife set.”

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Looks fancy, doesn’t it?

The secret to everlasting youth, according to ANTI-EVERYTHING’s press release, is a mix of caviar collagen, which is supposed to be the easiest kind of collagen to absorb, and sea buckthorn, a supplement full of vitamin E, lutein, fatty acids and 15 times more vitamins than an orange. The company says that sea buckthorn “activates the body’s own mechanisms for producing collagen.” But perhaps the real trick to not partying too hard is in the ABV –  Munchies reports that the spirit has 16 percent alcohol, which is just a few percentage points more than what is typically found in wine. Vodka usually has around 40 percent alcohol. If this is the correct alcohol content, we can see how it would make you feel like you drank less than you actually did.

Four 100-milimeter bottles will cost you around $56, but we suppose that is a small price to pay for beauty.

“Countless nights out with my girlfriends went hand in hand with feeling guilty about overindulging,” said ANTI-EVERYTHING founder Anja Skodda, a biotechnologist. “I wanted to be freed of that feeling and set out to create a drink that combines science with lifestyle for a non-guilty pleasure.”

Skodda went on to remind everyone that despite the claimed health benefits, ANTI-EVERYTHING is still an alcoholic drink and should be consumed in moderation.

“But if you are out for a drink, why not choose one with additional benefits?” she said.

Sources: Munchies, The Spirits Business, Live Science / Photo Credit: Designatic/Pixabay, ANTI-EVERYTHING via Munchies

Tags: anti-aging, anti-aging alcohol, ANTI-EVERYTHING, healthy alcohol, vodka
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