It may taste sweet, but what we’ve been hearing about sugar lately is leaving a sour taste in our mouths. Recently, a California doctor revealed in an interview with CBS’s 60 Minutes that the little bit of sweetness we’re stirring in our coffee or sprinkling on our desserts might actually be “toxic.” We already know that excessive sugar consumption can lead to diseases like obesity, diabetes, and even cancer. Shockingly, about 16-percent of the total calories in an American’s diet come from added sugars, and many of those calories come in the form of liquids.
So before you sip that sugary margarita, there may be a ‘lighter’ version that’s just as sweet. According to the bartenders at Manhattan’s Haru Sushi restaurants, there are some easy ways to keep your cocktails skinny, like using seltzer or coconut water as a mixer instead of fruit juice (it cuts the calorie count almost in half!), using fruits like watermelon, strawberries, and oranges to naturally sweeten the drink instead of high-calorie purees, and picking cocktails made with sake, shochu, or soju; these spirits tend to have fewer calories than the staple ones such as vodka, gin, and whiskey.
Here are eight sugar-free or low-sugar cocktails you can indulge in guilt-free this summer.