Top Low-Carb Sugar-Free Cocktails

Do you enjoy a cocktail from time to time? You may know that most of them have lots of sugar, so they don't tend to work well for those who are watching their carbohydrate or sugar intake. Here are ways of dramatically lowering the sugar in some of your favorite cocktails. Since a lot of the calories in most cocktails are from sugar, most of these are also low-calorie cocktails.

Try these next time you have friends over, or bring the ​mixings to a gathering.

How to Make Low-Carb Cocktails and Other Mixed Drinks

Margarita on the rocks
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Here are the principles of making low-carb and sugar-free cocktails and mixed drinks. Learn where the sugar lurks (you may find some surprises), and how to make substitutions which will work when you're watching your carbs and sugar.

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Sugar-Free Margarita

Some people find it hard to imagine eating Mexican food without a margarita to go with it. But most of them are very high in sugar! This one has just 2 grams of carb/sugar per drink.  Make a pitcher when you gather for the next Big Game.

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Low-Carb Cosmopolitan

Sugar-Free Cosmo
Sugar-Free Cosmopolitan Cocktail (Cosmo). Jack Anderson/Photolibrary/Getty Images

It's easy to see why this festive cocktail is so popular. But cranberry But the cranberry juice cocktail and liquor in it contain lots of added sugars. Can Cosmos be made to be low in carbs? They can!

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Sugar-Free Mojito

There are a few tricks to making mojitos that are sugar-free, low-carb, and low in calories.

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Sugar-Free Pina Colada

Sugar-Free Pina Coladas
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A typical Pina Colada is loaded with sugar, but we don't have to send our blood sugar up to enjoy this bit of tropical heaven.

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Sugar-Free Strawberry Daiquiri

This sugar-free frozen strawberry daiquiri can also be made without the rum for a summer drink for adults or kids.

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Bloody Mary

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Have a nice brunch cocktail and get a serving of vegetables at the same time! A Bloody Mary is a great high-flavor lower-carb, sugar-free cocktail. This recipe is legal for Phase Two of the South Beach Diet. See notes on how to adjust carbs for other low-carb plans.

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Low-Carb White Russian

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Did you know that a White Russian cocktail can contain almost as much sugar as an 8-oz glass of a cola drink? Here's a way to make a sugar-free White Russian.

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Sugar-Free Whiskey Sour

Whiskey Sour Cocktail
Whiskey Sour Cocktail. Photo: Eising / Getty Images

The classic whiskey sour cocktail is usually made with mixers which contain a lot of sugar. Here's how to make a sugar-free low-calorie whiskey sour.

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Low-Carb Tom Collins (or Vodka Collins)

Tom Collins or Vodka Collins
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Tom Collins drinks are usually made with a pre-made mixer which contains a fair amount of sugar. Don't let that keep you from enjoying this refreshing drink. A Vodka Collins is exactly the same thing, only using vodka instead of gin. This drink is low in calories as well as carbs.

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