Mocktail drinks can be packed with carbs and calories along with heavy ingredients like sugar, soda, juice, and even cream. Plus, if someone else is making your cocktail, your drink could contain more alcohol than you’d expect. The good news is that healthful imbibing is possible—whether or not you choose to drink alcohol. These low-sugar recipes and tips provide a carb-smart way to toast the social distancing.
A Note about Alcohol In some cases, drinking alcohol can lead to unexpected blood sugar lows up to 24 hours later, especially if you take insulin or an insulin-secreting medication. Use caution when drinking:
Make your own.
Try this four-step strategy next time you want to raise a (lower-sugar) glass:
1. Start with a low-calorie, low- carb mixer, such as club soda, diet ginger, herbal tea, or coffee.
2. Sweeten with 1 to 2 tablespoons of juice, 1 to 2 teaspoons of honey or maple syrup, or 1 tablespoon of Sugar- Free Simple Syrup (see recipe, below).
3. Add a measured serving of alcohol, if you like (up to 5 ounces of wine or 1½ ounces of 80-proof spirits).
4. Top with a festive garnish.
Fizzy Rosemary Cider Mocktail
64 CAL, 16G CARB
Combine in a highball glass:
Sugar-Free Rosemary Simple Syrup
4 CAL, 1G CARB
Variation: Omit the rosemary to make an unflavoured simple syrup.
SERVES 6: 1 Tbsp. each
98 CAL, 9G CARB
Combine in a mug:
Cranberry Grand Marnier Sparkler
135 CAL, 9G CARB
Combine in a Champagne flute: