Low-sugar cocktail recipes

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With summer just round the corner it can be tough to say no to a cocktail. The main problem for your health isn;t the alcohol content (though it will be if you don;t drink sensibly), but the insane amount of sugar you end up downing. That doesn’t mean you have to forgo cocktail entirely this summer, follow expert mixologist Claire Smith's recipes and you'll be able to have tipple without running the risk of becoming diabetic. All the recipes use Belvedere vodka because it doesn't contain any sugar, glycerine, additives or enhancers.

Highball Blush

  • 30ml Belvedere Pink Grapefruit 
  • 30ml White wine (Sancerre) 
  • 30ml Pink Grapefruit Juice 
  • Dash of soda 


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Method: Build ingredients over cubed ice. Top with soda.

Glass: Highball

Rose Hip-Hop

  • 25ml Belvedere vodka
  • 20ml Sake 
  • 20ml Lemon juice
  • 20ml Rosehip tea 
  • Dextrose cordial (200ml hot water, 2 tea baga, 300g dextrose - left to infuse for 10mins)
  • 15ml egg white

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Method: Shake and strain
Glass: Coupette

Unfiltered Cucumber Smash

  • 40ml Belvedere Unfiltered 
  • 30ml cucumber puree 
  • Dash of St Germain
  • Dash of soda


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Method: Shake and pour over cubed ice, and then top with soda
Glass: highball

Cloak and Jaggery

  • 40ml Belvedere vodka
  • 25ml chai tea 
  • Jaggery (300ml hot water, 3 teabags - leave to infuse for 5mins, add 150g jaggery and stir) 
  • 50ml full fat milk


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Method: Build over crushed/cracked ice
Glass: Tumbler 

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