Looking for ways to cut down your daily sugar consumption? These low-sugar drink options will be your new best friends
Increasingly at Toast, we get requests from readers looking to make better choices in the things they consume. One such concern is finding drinks that are low in sugar.
According to Drinkaware, all alcoholic beverages contain some sugar, not to mention the mixers you add to cocktails and highballs. With almost no sugar, neat spirits are your best bet, however we’ve gathered some options to make sure you have flavoursome drinks no matter your tastes…
Low-Sugar Drink Ideas
GO NEAT Neat spirits like vodka, gin, whisky and tequila contain zero grams of sugar, so sipping them straight, over ice or with a little water is a good option.
VODKA CLASSIC If you’re looking for a mixed drink, go for a classic vodka, lime and soda water, adding some fresh herbs like basil or mint for an extra shot of flavor.
LOW-SUGAR FLAVOUR Low-sugar fruits like grapefruit, lemon, lime, raspberries, blackberries, redcurrants, kiwifruit – plus cucumber, cacao, coffee and ginger - can all be used to add low-sugar flavor to a base spirit like vodka, gin, rum, whisky or tequila, and topped with soda water
LOW-SUGAR MOJITO In a glass, muddle (squash) together fresh lime wedges and fresh mint leaves, then add 30ml rum and stir together. At this point you’re supposed to add some sugar syrup, but you could replace with a tot of maple syrup or rice malt syrup if you have it (they still have the carbohydrate and glucose spike of sugar but not as high as sugar itself), or stevia which is sweet but 0% sugar.
BEER MATES Many low-carb and low-alcohol beers are also lower in sugar, and with more and more breweries adding nutrition panels to their bottles and cans, it’s increasingly easier for you to check sugar levels.
WINE WHIZZ If wine is your tipple, opt for dry white wines and reds, which typically have lower amounts of sugar than, say, a pinot gris or chardonnay.
SPRITZ IT Try minimizing the sugar content of your wine or beer by making a spritzer (wine diluted with soda water and garnished with low-sugar fruit) or a shandy (lager diluted with soda water and garnished with low-sugar fruit).
WATER WORLD Another tip is to alternate each alcoholic drink with a glass of water, to help you cut down on your sugar consumption.