Top Cocktails for Diabetics

Top Cocktails for Diabetics
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Those with diabetes will know the frustration that can come from having to watch what they eat and drink – there is an emphasis on avoiding anything high in fat, salt, carbs and sugar. However, following a diabetic diet is actually one of the healthiest ways of approaching nutrition, and doesn’t have to mean all fun is off the table – or the bar!

By allowing for a few key substitutes, diabetics can enjoy a range of delicious cocktails that are also great for the waistline.

Here are 5 of our favourite cocktail recipes, tweaked for diabetics.

Coco-Watermelon Freshtini

Diabetic Cocktails: Coco Watermelon Freshtini

This take on a Watermelon Martini is lower in calories, and the use of fresh watermelon rather than syrups or juices, keeps the sugar content down. Coconut water gives it a lovely hint of the exotic.


  • 50ml premium vodka
  • 25ml coconut water
  • 4 large chunks of watermelon
  • 1 lime, halved


Peel 4 chunks of watermelon and then muddle in a mixing glass with the lime. Add remaining ingredients into mixing glass. Fill the mixing glass to the top with cubed ice and then shake for 10 seconds. Double strain into martini glass. Garnish with watermelon wedge.

Frozen Cucumber Mezcalrita

Diabetic Cocktails: Frozen Cucumber Mezcalita

This refreshing recipe mixes fresh cucumber with the zing of lime for a low calorie drink, while the mezcal gives a delicious smoky finish. Sugar substitute keeps it better for diabetics.


  • 37 ½ ml Mezcal
  • 12 ½ ml Triple Sec
  • 25 ml Lime Juice
  • 1 ½ teaspoons sugar substitute
  • ¼ peeled cucumber


If you have a blender combine cucumber, mezcal, Triple Sec, lime juice, and the sugar with ice until thoroughly slushy. Pour into a martini glass and enjoy.

Saintly Sangria Substitute

Diabetic Cocktails: Saintly Sangria Substitute

This wonderful drink has all the taste of the Spanish favourite, without the addition of sugar-laden fruit juices. The low-calorie ginger beer gives the drink a great fizz, while the orange gives it a summery fruit taste and keeps everything low in carbs.


  • 125 ml red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 275 ml low calorie ginger beer
  • Orange slice to garnish


Put ice into a long glass and build the cocktail by pouring the wine and ginger beer over the cubes. Mix with a cocktail stirrer and garnish with a fresh orange slice.

Ripe Raspberry Mojito

Diabetic Cocktails: Ripe Raspberry Mojito

The sugar substitute in this stops the calorie content from rising, as does the zero-calorie soda water. The raspberries are a fruity and tart addition.


  • 50 ml White Rum
  • 15 ml Lime Juice
  • 35 ml Zero-calorie Soda Water
  • 1 ½ Bar Spoons Sugar Substitute
  • 6 Raspberries
  • 8 Mint Leaves


Add all your ingredients into a tall glass with crushed ice and churn, to dissolve the sugar and chill the drink. Top up with crushed ice. Add straw and garnish with raspberry.

Freshly Blended Bloody Mary

Diabetic Cocktails: Freshly Blended Bloody Mary

Using fresh tomatoes rather than the packaged juice keeps the sugars low, while reduced salt Worcestershire sauce means the sodium content is also far better. The blended aspect makes it a great, refreshing brunch favourite. Add as much spice as you can handle!


  • 4 medium ripe tomatoes
  • 5 large fresh basil leaves
  • 37 ½ ml Peppered Vodka
  • 6 splashes seduced salt Worcestershire sauce
  • 25 ml Lemon Juice
  • 10 dashes Tobasco sauce added to taste


Put all of the ingredients in a blender and whizz up until smooth. Pour into a tall glass and add Tobasco sauce to taste. Garnish with a slice of celery and cracked black pepper.


Written by damien

Posted: October 20, 2015