High Spirits, Low Sugar: Seasonal Cocktails without all the Sugar.


Sugarbreak Editorial

Holiday parties are going to look a little different this year so your cocktails might as well, too. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite low-sugar cocktails so you can keep your spirits high and blood sugar low (even on Zoom). Feel free to spread the cheer and send these recipes to family and friends, even if they don’t need to watch their blood sugar, a little less is better for everyone. Cheers!

Pomegranate Cinnamon Bourbon Sour


  • 1.5 oz aged brown liquor (rum, whiskey, bourbon)
  • ¾ oz fresh lime juice
  • 8 packs Truvia
  • 1 c pomegranate juice (we like Pom)
  • 2 sticks cinnamon

How to

  1. First, make your pomegranate simple syrup by gently heating pomegranate juice in a saucepan over low heat. As it warms, add crushed cinnamon sticks and simmer for a few minutes. Next, add 2 packs Truvia, or if you don’t like it sweet, skip this step or just add 1 pack. 
  2. Strain your pomegranate simple syrup and either store it for up to 2 weeks, or grab a glass and pour in 2 oz simple syrup. (Pro tip: The lower the ratio of sugar to water, the shorter the shelf life, so be sure to check that your syrup is still good before using it). 
  3. Add lime juice and liquor. Mix with a bar spoon.
  4. Pour into a rocks glass and serve with a cinnamon stick.

Sleigh’in It Spicy Blood Orange Margarita


  • 1.5 oz tequila*
  • ¾ oz fresh lime juice
  • ¾ oz Truvia simple syrup (see recipe below)
  • 2 oz fresh blood orange juice**
  • 2 slices jalapeño 
  • Glass rimmed with salt (optional)

How to

  1. If you want salt, rim your glass and set aside.
  2. In a shaker, muddle jalapeño and then add the rest of your ingredients.
  3. Shake then strain over ice.
  4. Garnish with slices of fresh blood orange and jalapeño

Truvia Simple Syrup

Combine ¼ c hot water with 2 packs Truvia, dissolve and use as a 1:1 substitute for simple sugar!

*Not into alcohol? Swap soda water for tequila and be sure to add it at the end (rather than shaking it with the other ingredients).

**Jewel-like blood oranges are the go, but if you can’t find any, any citrus will do (orange, tangerine, mandarin, grapefruit, etc.).

A Spruced Up Greyhound


  • 2 oz clear, low-carb liquor like gin, vodka or tequila
  • 4 oz grapefruit juice or grapefruit sparkling water
  • Wedge of lime or lemon twist

How to

  1. Grab a Collins glass and add 2 ice cubes.
  2. Pour juice and liquor over ice.
  3. Stir with a bar spoon.
  4. Add your citrus and enjoy. 

We hope you enjoy these low-sugar seasonal cocktails  as much as we do. We’ve been “testing” and can’t tell a difference...except in our blood glucose numbers. Cheers to that!