Low-Sugar Alcoholic Drinks for a Healthier Holiday

‘Tis the season for toasting to family, friends, and the end of another year. It’s okay to indulge but celebrating doesn’t need to wreck your waistline when you sip on one of these low-sugar holiday cocktails.



    The Red Queen

    Gin and St. Germain combine woodsy and sweet flavors into one intriguing drink. It gets its festive red color from pure cranberry juice—not cranberry juice cocktail, which is all sugar. (Thanks for the lesson, Mean Girls!)

    Rosemary Honey Vodka Spritzers

    Rosemary may not be your first thought when you hear holiday cocktail, so you’ll have to trust us: It’s delicious. The honey brings a touch of sweetness without refined sugar.
  • Pomegranate Moscow Mule

    With only three ingredients this recipe is ready to drink. Vodka has virtually no sugar and look for pomegranate juice with no added sugar. Bonus points if you serve in Moscow Mule mugs.
  • Grapefruit Crush Cocktail

    Vodka is one of the lightest liquors with about 100 calories per 1.5 ounces (a typical shot glass). The addition of coconut water helps you to hydrate, so this is almost healthy, right? Grapefruit juice and triple sec round out the tropical and refreshing combination.
  • Blood Orange Margarita

    Normally margaritas are summertime fare but the citrus gives it a winter vibe. The juice of a blood orange gives a touch of raspberry-like flavor to the lime and tequila.
  • Mulled Wine

    A glass of wine is one of the best ways to unwind after a stressful day (more like every day during the holidays). With temps dropping into below freezing, switch to a hot version instead. Mulled wines generally are made from dry, red wines, which are lower in sugar (0.75 grams per ounce). Oranges, cranberries, cloves, and cinnamon simmer in the wine to spice it up.


  • Citrus Paloma

    Orange and grapefruit juice are readily available in the winter and add a pop of flavor to this tequila drink. Use a 1:1 ratio of seltzer water to cocktail and you’ll cut even more sugar.


  • Honey Bourbon Cocktail with Honey Sage Syrup

    Get in the holiday spirit with some, ahem, spirits. This drink isn’t super sweet so you need to like the taste of bourbon. Orange peel, honey, and sage bring something special to the equation.
  • Sparkling Cranberry Kombucha Mocktail

    If you’re trying to cut back on your alcohol consumption but still want to join in the holiday fun, this recipe is for you. The ultra-trendy kombucha is mixed with fresh ginger and cranberry. A healthy gut and no hangover the next day—that’s the best gift you could ask for.

    Citrus Pear White Sangria

    Pinot gris has one of the lowest sugar contents (0.6 grams per ounce) of the white wines, and splashing in some seltzer water cuts the amount of wine needed. Pears and lemon slices keeps this sangria light and fresh.




Source: www.fitnessmagazine.com