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7 Summery Drinks That Go Light on the Sugar

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Hot weather makes us crave cooling, indulgent drinks like frozen Daiquiris and spiked milkshakes—but the after-affects make us feel sluggish when we come crashing down from the sugar high. If you’re looking for a few breezy drinks to beat the summer heat but want to stay away from anything too sweet and sugar laden, there are plenty of delicious options. These seven cocktail are perfect for hot weather drinking and won’t weigh you down with lots of unnecessary sugar.

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During summer months, everyone’s running around with a green juice in hand trying to keep those beach bods in check. This Martini twist is the best way to get a boozy fix alongside your daily dose of veggies. Made with five juices, apple vodka and ginger beer, the Kale Martini is equal parts work and play.

The Essentials

lime juice
kale juice
Absolut Apple vodka
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This boozy health tonic combines turmeric-infused vodka, Vitamin A-packed carrot juice and Vitamin C from tart, tangy lemon juice. The only sweetener comes from a touch of honey to balance out all of the vegetable flavors in the brightly hued cocktail.

The Essentials

turmeric-infused vodka
carrot juice
turmeric
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If a traditional Negroni is too strong and bitter for your taste, this lighter version from Apothecary 330 might tickle your fancy. Barrel aging mellows out the drink’s sharp edges and helps marry its flavors for a well-balanced sipper you can enjoy anytime.

The Essentials

Gin
Cocchi Americano
Suze Aperitif
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This Hemingway-approved classic is bitter, zesty and a perfect way to cool down on a hot summer’s day. Plus, the teaspoon of simple syrup is completely optional for those who are really watching their sugar intake.

The Essentials

Genever
Lime
Angostura bitters
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This easy-to-make, two-ingredient cocktail is completely sugar-free. Simply top two ounces of your favorite spirit with crisp, refreshing soda water and enjoy.

The Essentials

whiskey
club soda
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There are many ways to make a Michelada, so you can customize the sugar content in this spicy summer sipper to your absolute liking. Plus, thanks to the beer-tail’s low ABV, drinking a few won’t leave you under the table.

The Essentials

Beer
Hot Sauce
Maggi Sauce
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This peppery take on the classic Paloma employs the help of jalapeño and mint to give it a spicy, herbal flavor. Although it’s topped with sweet grapefruit soda, feel free to add as little or as much as you’d like to adjust the sugar content.

The Essentials

blanco tequila
Jalapeño
Squirt Soda

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