8 Refreshingly Delicious Low Sugar Mocktails

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Welcome to the world of low sugar mocktails! If you’re looking for a delicious and refreshing drink that won’t break your diet, then you’ve come to the right place. Low sugar mocktails are the perfect way to enjoy a tasty beverage without all the added sugar. 

Whether you’re looking for something to sip on during golden hour or a cozy winter night, these drinks are sure to hit the spot. With a variety of flavors and ingredients, you can find the perfect healthy mocktail recipes to suit your taste. So grab a glass and get ready to enjoy a delicious and guilt-free drink!

Who are Low Sugar Mocktails For?

Low sugar mocktails are the perfect way to enjoy a delicious drink without the added sugar. Whether you’re following a keto, paleo, or low carb diet, these drinks are a great way to indulge without the guilt. Low sugar mocktails are made with natural ingredients like fresh fruit, herbs, and spices, and are a great way to get creative in the kitchen. 

Not only are they delicious, but they are also a healthier alternative to sugary drinks. With a variety of flavors and combinations, you can find the perfect low sugar mocktail to suit your taste. So if you’re looking for a healthier way to enjoy a drink, low sugar mocktails are the way to go.

Best Low Sugar Mocktails

Below are some really tasty and healthy mocktails that also happen to be low in sugar content (less than ~9g sugar per serving*). These low sugar mocktail recipes are made with quality non-alcoholic spirits, and the lowest sugar version will be achieved by using a low sugar mixer, like diet/light tonic water or light ginger beer.

Non Alcoholic Gin and Tonic

This Monday gin and tonic recipe is just one example of how Monday Zero Alcohol Gin is an excellent substitute for gin in classic cocktails.
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best non alcoholic gin and tonic with monday

Wilfred’s Spritz

A creative take on the classic spritz – sweet & bitter, with a hint of rosemary in the blend.
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Wilfreds aperitif next to a non alcoholic spritz on a bocce court

Woodnose Signature Pour (aka Non-Alcoholic Espresso Martini)

Woodnose Sacré shaken makes a fresh mocktail, and mimics and espresso martini. This non-alcoholic version of an espresso martini looks fancy but it's simple to make.
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Spice Mule

This alternative beverage is a fun, spiced version of a moscow mule mocktail recipe, using a Seedlip non alcoholic spirit.
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seedlip cocktail with ginger beer

Virgin Moscow Mule

This Virgin Moscow Mule recipe was chosen as a result of experimentation with non-alcoholic spirits and ginger beer. It's a great non-alcoholic substitute for a classic cocktail.
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non alcoholic Moscow Mule with lime

Garden and Tonic

 Seedlip Garden 108 makes a deliciously herbal version of non-alcoholic gin & tonic.
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Gin-Gin Mule Mocktail

Ritual Zero Proof Gin Alternative adds extra spiciness to this non-alcoholic gin-gin mule. It's a fun variation on a Moscow mule mocktail.
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ritual gin and ginger beer

Caleño and Tonic

This non-alcoholic tonic drink recipe was selected to be featured after testing Caleño in several mocktails.
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non alcoholic cocktail with tonic

Calories and Sugar in Alcohol vs Non-Alcoholic Spirits

If you’re looking to consume extra calories, drinking alcohol is a great way to achieve this. That’s where mocktails come in. If you love a cocktail, but need to cut down the calories, try a classic cocktail substitute with a non-alcoholic spirit. 

On average, a 2oz pour (standard for a cocktail) of alcohol like gin or vodka has 130-150 calories. Monday gin and Ritual gin both have 0 calories. 

When it comes to sugar, alcohol doesn’t have any. There are also a lot of non-alcoholic spirits without sugar, but it really depends on what ingredients are used for flavor. 

In cocktails (with and without alcohol), the culprits are usually the mixers and other ingredients. 

Best Ingredients for Low Sugar Mocktails

To make a delicious and healthy mocktail, you’ll need to choose the right ingredients. Making these low sugar beverges is usually as simple as swapping out a standard mixer for a “light” or diet mixer. Light mixers like club soda, seltzer, light ginger beer and diet tonic water are great options for adding flavor and fizz without the added sugar. 

Herb based drinks are a hit when it comes to cutting out the sugar. Consider a light tonic or sparkling water with a sprig of rosemary. Bump up the flavor with a non-alcoholic gin or alternative spirit.

Herbal flavors like fresh mint, basil, and rosemary can also be used to add a unique flavor to your mocktail. With the right ingredients, you can create a delicious and healthy low sugar mocktail that everyone can enjoy.

You can also opt for low sugar fresh fruit juices, such as cranberry or grapefruit, to add a hint of sweetness. 

Natural sweeteners are not always low in sugar, so if you’re using a store bought syrup, check the label! Sometimes you can find sugar free syrups made with stevia or similar sugar alternatives. 

Likewise, not all fruit juice is the same, and all fruit juice has sugar. Low sugar fruits include citrus fruits and berries, while higher sugar options include pineapple, grapes, and bananas. Fresh lime juice is a great option, used in many mocktails with low sugar. 

You can also use more than one type of ingredient to create a balanced flavor; for example, mix unsweetened cranberry juice with grapefruit or lemon juice or lime juice for a sweet yet refreshing drink. With the right ingredients, you can make an amazing low sugar mocktail that’s sure to be a hit!

Ready-to-Drink Mocktails

If you’re not into mixing drinks yourself, there are some great canned mocktails out there, and some happen to be fairly low sugar. Check out Kin Euphorics Kin Spritz or Curious Elixirs No.3.

Conclusion

Remember, alcohol consumption can really accelerate your caloric intake. Whether or not you are sober, mocktails can be a great way to enjoy a refreshing beverage without the added sugar and calories. By using the best ingredients, such as fresh fruit, herbs, and natural sweeteners, you can create a healthy and refreshing mocktail for any time. 

Not only are these drinks tasty, but by avoiding sugary drinks, you’re on your way to better health. You don’t have to cut alcohol out forever to have a mocktail every once in a while. Why not give low sugar mocktails a try, and you might find you can have a festive beverage any time.

Angela T.
Hi, I’m Angela! Ever since alternative beverages made their debut, I’ve been on a mission to find the best. As someone who loves wine and making craft cocktails, I approach each new beverage with curiosity and a healthy dose of skepticism. I hope these honest reviews will help you learn which non-alcoholic drinks are best for you.