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Zero Proof Cocktails: But Make Them Low Sugar

by: Lauren Kelly MS, RD, CDN  |  June 11, 2024

Undoubtedly, the interest in swapping alcohol for zero proof is growing, especially among young adults. A recent Gallup Poll found that there was a 10% drop in U.S. adults under 35 reporting that they drank alcohol, with many saying they view even moderate drinking as suboptimal for health. According to another report, 70% of young adults report not being interested in alcohol. And while not everyone is ready to commit to zero alcohol, it appears the percentage of people interested in - at the least - moderating their alcohol intake is increasing.

However, many alcohol-free drinks are loaded with sugar. So we've put together a few recipes for you that are both low sugar AND flavorful.

Spicy Margarita Mocktail

Coarse Salt
Crushed Ice
1oz Lime Juice
1oz Grapefruit Juice, unsweetened
Sparkling Water

1. To a glass, line the rim with tajin and a sprinkle of coarse salt.
2. In the glass, add crushed ice + 1oz lime juice + 1oz grapefruit juice + 1/2 cup sparkling water + 2-3 slices of jalapeno. Stir & enjoy!

Sparkling Cranberry Lime Mocktail

2oz Cranberry Juice, unsweetened
Juice of 1/2 a lime
Ice to fill a glass
Sparkling Water

1. Combine cranberry juice and a squeeze of lime juice in a tall glass.
2. Add ice to fill the glass, then pour in your sparkling water & stir. Garnish with a slice of lime. Enjoy!

Citrus Paloma Mocktail

Sparkling Water
Ice Cubes
1/3 Pack Grapefruit, Citrus or Orange Salt LMNT
Orange Wedge

1. Stir 1/3 pack of citrus-flavored electrolytes into a glass (2 cups) of sparkling water with ice cubes.
2. Add a wedge of orange (or any other citrus fruit really!) and enjoy!

Blood Orange Ginger Zero Proof Cocktail

Crushed Ice
Sparkling Water
2oz Blood Orange Juice, Freshly Squeezed
1 tbsp Ginger Juice
Blood Orange Slice

1. In a wine glass, add a handful of crushed ice and 2 cups of your favorite sparkling water.
2. Add 2oz of freshly squeezed blood orange juice.
3. Add 1 tbsp ginger juice.
4. Garnish with a slice of blood orange, and enjoy!

Refreshing Grapefruit Mocktail

Citrus Sparkling Water, Chilled
1oz Fresh Grapefruit Juice
Grapefruit or Lime Wedge

1. Combine 1 cup of chilled citrus sparkling water with 1oz of fresh grapefruit juice.
2. Garnish with a grapefruit or lime wedge - or both! - whatever you prefer! Enjoy!

3 Ingredient Mojito Mocktail

12-16oz Citrus Sparkling Water, Chilled
Juice of 1/2 Lime
1/2 Lime, sliced
Few sprigs of mint (stems removed)

1. Add 1-2oz of citrus sparkling water (we love lemon!) into a tall glass.
2. Add few mint leaves and muddle.
3. Top with the remaining sparkling water.
4. Add a few slices of lime and a sprig of mint on top!

*Cover photo from Unsplash creator Susie Burleson

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