So, you want to enjoy a cocktail, but you’re watching your sugar intake. Spring break is right around the corner, and you can’t enjoy spring break without a libation, right?
No worries. We’ve got you covered.
It’s true that many cocktails are high in sugar. But not all cocktails will send your sugar levels sky-high. Today, we’re giving you seven of our favorite holiday cocktails that are low in sugar. You can make them or buy them. The choice is up to you!
These cocktails are perfect for spring break, so you can still have a good time while staying healthy- well, at least as healthy as you can get with alcohol. Plus, they’re delicious. No one could tell that these drinks are low-sugar.
Let’s take a look, shall we?
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Can A Cocktail Really Be Low-Sugar?
The answer is yes, a cocktail really can be low in sugar! With cocktails, it’s not the liquor that contains the added sugar.
Liquors contain carbohydrates that will eventually turn to sugar as your body breaks them down. But this is unavoidable. However, the real culprit for sugary drinks is the mixer.
Mixers like citrus-flavored sodas, apple cider, juice, and syrups all contain sugar. How much sugar they contain depends on the mixer. The best low-sugar cocktail is one that doesn’t contain many sugary ingredients.
Another thing to consider is the type of sugar used in a mixer. Healthier sugars like natural cane sugar or blue agave are better than mixers with heavy syrups. Since you’re aiming for low sugar, watch the carb count and swap in low-sugar mixers.
Now let’s dive into those seven-holiday cocktails for the upcoming spring break!
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Did you know that Rancho la Gloria’s ready-to-go margaritas use 100% blue weber agave?
7 Low-Sugar Holiday Cocktails For Spring Break
Rancho la Gloria’s Ready-to-Go Margaritas
Did you know that Rancho la Gloria’s ready-to-go margaritas use 100% blue weber agave? Not only that, but we also use natural cane sugar. One serving of our margaritas contains 17g of sugar. There are absolutely no artificial ingredients that will spike your sugar levels.
Try our bottled or canned margaritas. Or you can mix it up at your spring break party with our frozen margarita popsicles. Once you taste Rancho la Gloria’s margaritas, you’ll forget you ever needed a mixer.
Historically, Old Fashioned drinks require a sugar cube. But this recipe uses maple syrup, a much better option for those watching their sugar intake. Maple syrup is less refined than traditional sugar cubes. Plus, it offers a darker sweetness that enhances the drink far better than a sugar cube.
Maple syrup wasn’t readily available back when Old Fashioned cocktails came about. But now it’s time to change things up a bit. In this recipe, you get 4 grams of sugar, and it only takes 3 minutes to make it! Garnish with an orange wedge and a cocktail cherry for a traditional Old Fashioned.
Bloody Marys are a favorite for many, especially during brunch. The horseradish in this recipe really sets the flavor. Follow the recipe below for a refreshing beverage during spring break! This cocktail doesn’t have much sugar except the tomatoes. Just remember- the better quality tomato juice you use, the better your Bloody Mary tastes.
To make a Bloody Mary, mix 2 oz vodka, 1 cup tomato juice, 1 tbsp lemon juice, 1-½ tsp lime juice, ¾ Worcestershire sauce, ½ tsp horseradish, ⅛ tsp black pepper, ⅛ tsp celery salt, and 2 dashes tabasco sauce. Garnish with a celery stick.
Sparkling Mango and Spice
This recipe uses a seltzer from Volley, a clean tequila seltzer mix using agave, organic juice, and sparkling water. This low-sugar recipe is a lovely, zesty drink for the upcoming warm weather.
Add 1-½ oz tequila and 1 oz Organic Mango Jalapeno mixer to the shaker. Add ice and shake. Pour into a glass and top with 3 oz Volley Zesty Lime Spiked Seltzer and stir. Garnish with a lime wedge.
White Wine Spritzer
Not only are white wine spritzers low in sugar, but they’re also one of the easiest cocktails to make. Simple and sweet, just not too sweet! White wine spritzer can go with any occasion and are best ice cold.
You only need white wine and club soda. White wine contains 1-½ grams of sugar per 5 oz serving. That’s it! You can garnish with mint, lemon, or anything else you’d like. You could also use mineral water instead of club soda if you feel inclined.
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Whiskey and Tonic
A whiskey and tonic offer a robust flavor without the added sugar. If you’re someone that appreciates a darker flavor, this cocktail could be for you. Whiskey and tonic is an easy, quick drink to make. All you need is 1 part whiskey and 3 parts tonic. Serve on the rocks and garnish with a lemon wedge.
If you don’t like whiskey, you can substitute it for bourbon. For a high-quality tonic, check out Fever-Tree. After all, the mixer is what you’re looking out for!
Luckily, Rancho la Gloria also offers Paloma. Paloma is similar to a margarita, except instead of lime for the citrus juice, it’s grapefruit. We decided that we couldn’t exclude the lime, so you get the ruby red grapefruit and lime with our Paloma. It’s real juice, of course!
Made with 100% agave nectar, natural cane sugar, and no additives. Life just got a little sweeter without the mixer.
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Not only are white wine spritzers low in sugar, but they’re also one of the easiest cocktails to make.
Just because you’re watching your sugar intake doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a delicious adult beverage. With spring break on the horizon, it’s time to consider what drink you want to create memories with.
Why not try Rancho la Gloria? You can enjoy a variety of flavors- six to be exact. Kick your feet up with a bottle of our margarita magic! It’s low-sugar, gluten-free, and made with all-natural ingredients so you can enjoy the new season without sacrificing quality.
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