Summer is the season of cocktails, but how to make a refreshing drink without using juices, syrups, or piles of sugar? We got this, my little gluten free dumplings. Let’s stick to plain distilled liquor to lower the sugar content, rely on soda water to make them light and effervescent, and use herbs, citrus, and berry to enhance the flavor without weighing down the drink with cloying sweet flavor.
All three of these cocktail recipes:
- can use whatever liquor you prefer–feel free to substitute based on what you like to drink.
- involve a slight bit of mixology–get into it and have fun, these puppies take some effort beyond just dumping liquids into a glass.
- require access to a Soda stream, plain Pelligrino, or other bubble water. Please make sure there is no sugar ingredient listed on your soda water.
- can be made as mocktails! Just omit the alcohol if so desired.
Cocktail ingredients are usually measured in ounces, so I use this cocktail jigger for exact measurements. Speaking of, here are the bar supplies I use, if you need to stock your bar, or just need a visual because you have no idea what I’m referring to:
This post is just part one of what I like to call Drink Happy. I will be back in a few weeks with more cocktail recipes.
- 2 ounces silver tequila
- Juice of 1 lime (or 1 ounce)
- 1 ounce fresh strawberry purée (2 tablespoons)
- 4 ounces soda water
- Squeeze of a fresh tangerine/clementine/mandarin orange (optional)
- Lime wedges for garnish
- Fill a margarita glass or old fashioned glass with ice. Pour in tequila, lime juice, and strawberry purée, stir. Add soda water and a squeeze of tangerine, stir again. Garnish with a lime wedge.
- 2 ounces vodka or gin
- 2 mint leaves, plus more for garnish
- Juice of 1/2 lime (plus lime wedges for garnish)
- 4-6 ounces soda water (to taste)
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, pour in vodka, mint leaves, and lime juice and shake shake shake. I like my vodka ice cold, so I shake for about 20-30 seconds. The mint leaves will break up in the shaker and pour out through the strainer. Strain into an old fashioned glass filled with ice, add soda water, and garnish with mint and/or a wedge of lime.
- 1 tablespoon fresh blueberries
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1/2 teaspoon thyme leaves, plus thyme stalks for garnish
- 2 ounces gin (or vodka)
- 4 ounces soda water
- Place blueberries, lemon juice, and thyme leaves into the bottom of an old fashioned glass and muddle for 20-30 seconds. Add ice, gin, and soda water, then stir. Garnish with fresh thyme stalk.