5 low sugar cocktails

The hot weather is a perfect time for a refreshing cocktail but if you’re trying to cut down on sugar then not all of them will be suitable. If you’re having a party or a BBQ at home you can modify traditional cocktails and cut back on the sweetness. Try these five delicious recipes to make low calorie summer cocktails at home.

Lynchburg Diet Lemonade

This delicious citrus cocktail was named after the home of the Jack Daniel’s distillery in Tennessee.

50ml of Jack Daniel’s whisky

25ml lemon juice

25ml limejuice over cubed ice

Top with diet lemonade.



A low-sugar version of this Cuban classic.

Mix 50ml of rum with six lime wedges and a small handful of fresh mint leaves.

Add 25ml of gomme sugar syrup (half the usual recipe)

Fill with crushed ice

Top with soda.


Margarita on the rocks

There are three kinds of this popular cocktail and the ‘shaken’ kind is the one we like best. It packs much less sugar than its frozen sister.

Combine 35ml tequila

15ml triple sec

15ml lime or lemon juice

Serve over cubed ice.


Pimms and Diet lemonade

The low-sugar version of the British classic.

One part Pimms

Three parts diet lemonade.

Finish by stirring in oranges, strawberries, mint, cucumber and ice.


Skinny Strawberry Daiquiri

This fruity classic shares its name with a Cuban beach.

Blend 50ml of rum

25ml of lime- juice

50ml of sugar-free strawberry syrup

Handful of crushed ice

Blend until smooth

Serve in a chilled martini glass and top with strawberries.


Other low sugar cocktails include:

– Vodka with cranberry juice

– Moscow Mule (Vodka with diet ginger beer & twist of lime)

– Rum and diet Coke. Use spiced rum for that extra kick.


Tip: Avoid fruit juices and always go for the ‘diet’ mixers and sugar-free syrups.



Written by Dr. Noel Duncan