Low-Sugar Alcoholic Drinks for a Healthier Holiday

‘Tis the season for toasting to family, friends, and the end of another year. It’s okay to indulge but celebrating doesn’t need to wreck your waistline when you sip on one of these low-sugar holiday cocktails.

Sparkling Cranberry Kombucha Mocktail

If you’re trying to cut back on your alcohol consumption but still want to join in the holiday fun, this recipe is for you. The ultra-trendy kombucha is mixed with fresh ginger and cranberry. A healthy gut and no hangover the next day—that’s the best gift you could ask for.


  • 1 inch slice of fresh ginger, thinly sliced, plus more for garnish
  • 1 large sprig fresh rosemary, plus more for garnish
  • ½ cup 100% cranberry juice
  • 2 12-ounce bottles LIVE Kombucha (Original or Ginger) *May substitute kombucha of choice
  • Fresh cranberries, rosemary sprigs and thinly sliced ginger for garnish


  1. Fill 4 double old-fashioned glasses with ice and set aside.
  2. In a pitcher or quart-sized mason jar, muddle sliced ginger and rosemary together using the end of a wooden spoon or a muddler if you have one.
  3. Add cranberry juice and kombucha, stir gently to combine.
  4. Pour into ice-filled glasses (using a strainer, if necessary) and garnish with sprigs of rosemary, a slice of fresh ginger and a few cranberries before serving.

Pomegranate Moscow Mule

With only three ingredients this recipe is ready to drink. Vodka has virtually no sugar and look for pomegranate juice with no added sugar. Bonus points if you serve in Moscow Mule mugs.
  • 2 oz. vodka
  • 6 oz. ginger beer
  • 2 oz. pomegranate juice
  • Juice of half a lime
  • Ice
  1. Pour all ingredients over ice and stir. Garnish with additional lime wedges and/or pomegranate arils.

Blood Orange Margarita

Normally margaritas are summertime fare but the citrus gives it a winter vibe. The juice of a blood orange gives a touch of raspberry-like flavor to the lime and tequila.


  • 4 tablespoons blood orange juice (fresh if you can)
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice (fresh if you can)
  • 3 tablespoons tequila
  • 1 teaspoon honey (or sugar)
  • Glass rim (optional): lime juice & Kosher salt
  • Serving suggestions (optional): slices of lime and/or blood oranges


  • Add ice to cocktail shaker. Add blood orange juice, lime juice, tequila, and honey. Shake until well combined.
  • Dip glass rim into lime juice (or wipe a fresh piece of lime around rim to coat) dip in salt. Strain Blood Orange Margarita into glass. Garnish with slices of lime and/or blood oranges if desired.

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This article was written on 29 Dec 2018.