In Good Spir­its

Say cheers with th­ese bet­ter-for-you cock­tails

Diabetic Living (USA) - - Contents - BY KAREN ANSEL, M.S., RDN

The hol­i­days aren’t the same with­out a lit­tle sea­sonal cheer. But nav­i­gat­ing all that eggnog and Cham­pagne punch can be a chal­lenge. Even if you go the mock­tail route, hol­i­day drinks can be packed with carb- and calo­rie-heavy in­gre­di­ents like sugar, soda, juice, and even cream. Plus, if some­one else is mak­ing your cock­tail, your drink could con­tain more al­co­hol than you’d ex­pect. The good news is that health­ful hol­i­day im­bib­ing is pos­si­ble—whether or not you choose to drink al­co­hol. Th­ese low-sugar recipes and tips pro­vide a fes­tive (and carb-smart) way to toast the sea­son.

Fizzy Rose­mary Cider Mock­tail 64 CAL, 16G CARB

Com­bine in a high­ball glass:

4 oz. ap­ple cider

4 oz. club soda or seltzer 1 Tbsp. Sugar-Free Rose­mary Sim­ple Syrup ( see recipe, be­low) Gar­nish with: 1 rose­mary sprig

Sugar-Free Rose­mary Sim­ple Syrup


Com­bine ½ cup wa­ter, ¼ cup gran­u­lated sugar sub­sti­tute, and 1 sprig fresh rose­mary in a small saucepan. Cook, stir­ring, over medium heat un­til the sugar sub­sti­tute is com­pletely dis­solved, about 1 minute. Re­move from heat and let cool for 30 min­utes. Re­move and dis­card the rose­mary sprig. Use im­me­di­ately or re­frig­er­ate for up to 1 week.

Vari­a­tion: Omit the rose­mary to make an un­fla­vored sim­ple syrup.

SERVES 6: 1 Tbsp. each

Pump­kin-Spice Toddy 98 CAL, 9G CARB

Com­bine in a mug:

6 oz. brewed de­caf pump­kin-spice tea ( or

an­other de­caf or herbal tea) 1 oz. bour­bon

1½ tsp. honey

1½ tsp. lemon juice

Gar­nish with: 1 cin­na­mon stick & 1 strip lemon zest

Cran­berry Grand Marnier Sparkler 135 CAL, 9G CARB

Com­bine in a Cham­pagne flute: 4 oz. Cham­pagne or other spar

kling wine

2 tsp. Grand Marnier

1 oz. cran­berry juice cock­tail Gar­nish with: 2 fresh ( or frozen) cran­ber­ries & 1 strip orange zest

A Note about Al­co­hol In some cases, drink­ing al­co­hol can lead to un­ex­pected blood sugar lows up to 24 hours later, es­pe­cially if you take in­sulin or an in­sulin-se­cret­ing med­i­ca­tion. Use cau­tion when drink­ing: • on an empty stom­ach • with­out hav­ing eaten enough car­bo­hy­drates • af­ter ex­er­cis­ing FIZZY ROSE­MARY CIDER MOCK­TAIL SUGAR-FREE ROSE­MARY SIM­PLE SYRUP


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