Summertime Drinks Lite on the Sugar
I'm looking for a summertime drink that isn't too sweet. I don't want a sugar hangover the next morning. That said, a liquor hangover is perfectly acceptable! Thank you!
What flavors do you like? There are many, many drinks with different flavor profiles that could fit your requirements.
Club soda (unlike tonic water) is sugar-free, so you could try your favorite spirit mixed with soda- brown liquors tend to go better with club soda. (whiskey and soda, maybe a rum cooler (rum, club soda and sugar)). Find a low- sugar tonic water and make a gin and tonic. Make your own soda by making a flavored syrup using fresh fruit and sugar, and mix with carbonated water (Chow has a video tip for strawberry soda posted right now).
Mix with fresh squeezed fruit juice- it has sugar, but those sugars are much more healthy than sodas. Or muddle a favorite fruit in the glass and add liquor. As you're probably aware, liqueurs contain a ton of sugar, so just staying away from those and using fresh juices will greatly reduce the sugar content of a drink.
This thread might have a few suggestions: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/848082
Many cocktails are noticeably sweet (e.g. a Manhattan, an Old Fashioned) and most others are actually sweet balanced with sour (e.g. a Daiquiri or Margarita). Sometimes the sugar is mitigated by dilution with soda, as in a highball.
The Martini (a real one, with gin, or even vodka, plus dry vermouth and perhaps a dash of orange bitters) is extremely low in sugar -- just the natural sugars in the vermouth and any added to the gin. They are perfect for summertime sipping. It is a fantastic drink, well worth acquiring the taste for if you don't already.
Otherwise a spirit plus soda water (rum, scotch, bourbon, rye, etc) with a squeeze of citrus.
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In the summer, I enjoy rum with soda and fresh-squeezed lime (I tend to use quite a bit). Sometimes I also add a dash or two of Angostura bitters. Very refreshing. Also, +1 on EvergreenDan's gin and low sugar tonic idea. Fever Tree makes a low sugar version of their regular tonic (which is already less sweet than typical tonic water), and Q tonic is sweetened with agave.
I second (third?) Q tonic water as a lower-sugar tonic--haven't tried the low-sugar Fever Tree.
You can always make your own Tom Collins or Vodka Collins to your taste; I like these less sweet than a bar would serve, and the club soda/seltzer dilutes the sugar and helps hydrate.
Fresh juice + alcohol is very refreshing (screwdriver, salty dog, orange blossom, etc.) and shouldn't leave you the sugar hangover of your typical "fruity" cocktail.
I like hendricks Gin and club soda with muddled cucumber for something light and refeshing in the summer - with or without a squeeze of lemon
Thanks, all. I went with a somewhat homemade concoction of vodka, a bit of San Pellegrino blood orange, juice of 1/2 lime and club soda.
Interestingly enough, I just read that club soda is not regulated by the FDA. Sparkling mineral water is, however.
One of my summer drinks is a gin buck, which can be made with low calorie ginger ale to aid in your quest for light on the sugar ...