Craving a Pornstar Martini, but trying to cut down on sugar? Never fear, sugar
alternatives are here!
Sugar, sugar, sugar… The classic love-hate relationship we all have!
As we’re all getting into, not only cocktail delivery, but making cocktails at
home ourselves, we realise just how much sugar we consume when
downing those classic cocktails! But there are decent alternatives to
simple sugar syrup that you can add to your cocktail to up the nutritional
merit a little bit, and perhaps even make it taste a bit better!
1. Agave Nectar
Agave is all the rage nowadays. A key ingredient in an all-time
favourite, the Tommy’s Margarita. Agave nectar can actually replace sugar
syrup in a load of other circumstances too. Agave contains vitamins B and
C, making it slightly more beneficial than regular sugar, and it has a very
low glycemic index, meaning it won’t cause your blood sugar to rise as fast.
It also contains less glucose than sugar.
Our Limited Edition Grapefruit Margarita uses agave nectar rather
than sugar syrup, and we’ve also substituted triple sec with orange blossom
water, reducing those calories and sugar content even further. Even better, you
don’t even need to run out to the shops! Our premade cocktails have everything
ready for you; simply shake and serve.
2. Coconut Blossom
Coconut blossom, also known as coconut sugar, coconut nectar or coconut
syrup, is an up-and-coming alternative to regular sugar, and we love it! Coconut
blossom is high in amino acids, iron, magnesium, zinc, and potassium. It also has
a lovely caramelised flavour, which means that any cocktail you make will taste all
the more richer. Coconut blossom is less processed than table sugar and has a
lower glycemic index. Perfect for when you fancy a cheeky homemade cocktail,
but you ate too many Quality Streets the night before!
Our very own Salted Coconut Espresso Martini has the perfect amount of sweetness
but we’ve used a blend of organic coconut blossom sugar, coconut rum, and coffee liqueur instead
of processed sugar syrup to get you that hint of sweetness without raising your blood sugar!
Stevia is an all natural nonnutritive sweetener, meaning that it contains very few
calories. It is also linked to numerous benefits, including lower blood sugar levels
and even (according to a recent study) lower cholesterol.
Stevia can be purchased from health food shops and supermarkets alike- and you
can create your own sugar syrup in the same way you would with regular sugar-
and substitute it in your cocktails.
The one thing to look out for is the amount of stevia in the products you find on
supermarket shelves. Many stevia products have very little stevia in them at all-
and don't use the whole stevia leaf. They’re sometimes made from a highly refined
stevia leaf extract called rebaudioside A (Reb-A), and blended with with different
sweeteners, such as erythritol (a sugar alcohol) and dextrose (glucose).
4. Maple Syrup
Maple syrup seems like it would be even less healthy than sugar, but
it doesn’t have to be! A little bit of maple syrup can go a long way. It
undergoes far less processing than most refined sugars. Furthermore, even
though it still contains a number of calories, on a gram-to-gram basis,
maple syrup carries more nutrients than processed table sugar. Some of its
hidden benefits are zinc, calcium, and potassium. It also has a lower
glycemic index than sugar. Make yourself an Old Fashioned but sub out the
sugar for a dash of maple syrup instead - trust us- it's delicious.
Now it’s possible to stay healthy without compromising on the
cocktails we all know and love.
Use the alternatives above to combat the effects of a sugar hangover - we all
know the horrible headache you can get from knocking back shots of Tequila
Rose all night. Check out our range of ready made cocktails that can be delivered
straight to your doorstep made with less sugar, less additives, and more flavour.