12 Low Sugar Cocktails (with Mocktail Options!)


When you want a refreshing sipper, but don’t want to consume loads of sugar from pre-made cocktails mixes and commercial syrups, turn to this collection of delicious and light cocktails that are full on flavor but low in calories. These low sugar cocktails are fresh, made from real-food ingredients, and always a hit. Plus, if alcohol is not your thing, each recipe comes with our easy instructions for how to turn these into low-sugar mocktails, as well!

12 of our Favorite low sugar cocktail recipes

Featuring fresh berries, citrus, and herbs, these low sugar cocktails always hit the spot. Whether you’re in search of recipes for light, fruity, refreshing summer cocktails to enjoy at a backyard BBQ or a low sugar drink to serve for a holiday, this collection of cocktail and low sugar mocktail recipes can be served any time of the year. These 12 light cocktail recipes are fan favorites that you’ll love to serve to others and enjoy yourself!

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Cucumber Basil Moscow Mule

Gluten Free | Vegan | Vegetarian | Dairy Free | Mocktail Option

Here’s the perfect Moscow Mule recipe (make it a cocktail or a mocktail) for when you want to cool down and kick back with a just-right sipper! We love this version of the traditional Moscow Mule that features refreshing ingredients like cucumber, basil, and fresh ginger. Plus, use our suggestions for ginger beer or ginger kombucha to cut back on sugar and get a pop of flavor all at the same time!

Two copped mugs filled with cucumber basil moscow mules.

Blackberry-Lime Prosecco Cocktail

Gluten Free | Vegetarian | Dairy Free | Vegan

This light and refreshing Prosecco cocktail is just the thing to serve when you want a drink that is fruity and satisfying without being overly sweet or loaded with sneaky grams of sugar. Featuring lime juice, fresh berries, and mint, an easy-to-make batch of these Prosecco cocktails is bubbly and special for serving guests or just enjoying a beautiful evening on your own patio.

Frozen Strawberry Margaritas

Gluten Free | Grain Free | Vegan | Dairy Free | Mocktail Option

These cool and refreshing Frozen Strawberry Margaritas are refined sugar-free and made with just 5 ingredients, including frozen strawberries, tequila, fresh lime juice, and your choice of agave nectar or honey. It couldn’t be more perfect of a cocktail (or mocktail) to enjoy on a hot summer day.

Overhead view of frozen strawberry margaritas

Raspberry-Peach Rosé Sangria

Gluten Free | Vegan | Grain Free | Dairy Free

Rosé is great, but sangria takes it to another level. We skipped the simple syrup sweetener and instead added just a bit of natural sweetness (from fruit) to make this Raspberry-Peach Rosé Sangria one you’ll love to sip and share. It’s a delicious way to highlight seasonal berries and peaches along with a splash of sparkling water or seltzer that makes it bubbly and refreshing.

Frozen Pineapple Margaritas

Gluten Free | Grain Free | Vegan | Mocktail Option

Frozen Pineapple Blended Margaritas are made with just four simple ingredients and no sugar added. Best of all, this recipe comes together fast with frozen pineapple, lime juice, orange juice, and tequila. Simply toss it all into a blender, give it a whirl, pour, and enjoy!

Low-Sugar Paloma

Gluten Free | Vegan | Dairy Free | Mocktail Option

A refreshing mix of grapefruit and lime juices with just enough tequila to shake things up, this is one of our favorite low sugar cocktails because if it’s great taste and beautiful blushing pink color. Three ingredients (including fresh grapefruit juice) is all it takes to make these low calorie palomas, plus some options for garnishes and a little coarse salt on the rim!

Watermelon Mojito

Gluten Free | Vegan | Grain Free | Mocktail Option

This Watermelon Mojito is refined sugar-free, made with fresh mint and juicy watermelon, and is the perfect cocktail (or mocktail) to enjoy on a hot day. It’s easy to make with just five ingredients, including watermelon, lime, and rum, but no simple syrup or other added refined sugar. The watermelon provides plenty of sweetness to the drink without the need for sugar.

Low-Sugar Strawberry Kombucha Mojito

Gluten Free | Vegan | Dairy Free | Mocktail Option

A traditional mojito contains about 24 grams of cane sugar per 8- to 10-ounce drink. To put that into perspective, that’s 6 teaspoons of sugar! No thank you, we just wanted a refreshing drink. Rest assured, you won’t be consuming that amount of sugar with this Strawberry Mojito Kombucha Cocktail. Instead of all that sugar, we’ve made this cocktail less sweet, but still sweet enough, thanks to fresh strawberries and sparkling kombucha. Now they ring in at just 8 grams of sugar per serving. Much better!

Real Food Margaritas

Gluten Free | Grain Free | Vegetarian | Mocktail Option

Margaritas are notoriously high in sugar, but this recipe proves they don’t have to be. It’s possible to have your margarita without downing more sugar than you’d get in a large slice of frosting-topped cake when you use naturally sweet citrus fruits and a touch of honey in place of syrupy-sweet pre-made margarita mixes.

Blackberry-Lemon Thyme Sparkler

Gluten Free | Dairy Free | Vegetarian | Mocktail Option

If you love wine spritzers, give this low-carb cocktail recipe a try to shake things up! Our fresh spritzer is a light and stunning low sugar cocktail that’s just as perfect for summer as it is for a New Year’s Eve celebration. It works hard all year round and have flavors that please, no matter the season. Start by making a thyme-infused honey syrup, then add a touch of lemon juice, vodka, and sparkling water to bring this cheers to life!

Sparkling Cranberry Kombucha Cocktail

Gluten Free | Grain Free | Vegetarian | Mocktail Option

This Sparkling Cranberry Kombucha Mocktail lets you sip the night away and still feel your best the next morning. It’s a refreshing and stunning non-alcoholic alternative to sugary holiday cocktails. The ginger and rosemary lend a festive touch and pair nicely with the tart cranberry juice. So now you can celebrate the night away without a headache or dehydration – plus you get a healthy dose of probiotics!

Apple Cider Sangria

Gluten Free | Vegetarian | Grain Free | Dairy Free

Looking for the best cocktail recipe for fall or a fall-winter holiday? Our Apple Cider Sangria recipe is just the thing to sip on when apple-picking season is upon us. It’s made simply with fresh in-season fruits, apple cider, kombucha or ginger beer, and warming spices. Make a batch of this chilled cider sangria to add a special touch to any gathering; a delicious way to savor apple season or any time of year!

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Pour the gin, add some juice, simple syrup, a few dashes of bitters, and club soda, and before you know it your light and healthy cocktail has turned into a sipper with tons of sneaky sugar. When you want to enjoy a cocktail (or plan to partake in several), we’ve got a dozen solutions here for low-calorie cocktails that are delicious and just the thing to take the edge off without drowning in grams of added sugar and feeling the icky effects of it later. Whether you prefer to grab your shaker (James Bond style) or simply stir or blend it up, this collection of light seasonal and summer cocktails are great options to turn to when serving guests or enjoying a moment of sensational bliss to yourself.

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