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Last week, I had the privilege of attending A Sugar and Champagne Affair, an annual fundraiser hosted by Ellen Kassoff Gray and Todd Gray benefiting the Washington Humane Society. A reception benefit in honor of our local crusaders against animal cruelty, Sugar and Champagne showcases the D.C. area’s most talented pastry chefs. The VIP section, where I made myself comfortable, also featured savory bites crafted by the capital’s finest chefs.

Here are my top six bites from the evening:

The Fluffernutter:

Photo by Shawn Eliav.

I am a nut for peanut butter, so there could not have been a dessert more made for me. For my fellow peanut butter enthusiasts, this dessert was an assembly of butterfinger crumble, peanut butter mousse and marshmallow fluff, all homemade. My cheat sheet: take a butterfinger, slather on some peanut butter, add a dollop of marshmallow fluff and attack.

Panna Cotta Steeped with Ancho Chili:

Photo by Shawn Eliav.

Not gonna lie, I had no idea what panna cotta was when the pastry chef handed me a taste. After some research, it appears to be a hybrid of pudding and Jell-O. While that sounds gross, I assure you that this dessert was not. And the ancho chili added just the right amount of heat to take this dessert to the next level. Disclaimer: Mixing pudding and Jell-O will not achieve desired results.

Mudslide Milkshake:

Photo by Shawn Eliav.

We’ve all heard of the classic mudslide, but this chef went above and beyond. She combined coconut milk ice cream with Kahlua, Vodka and Chocolate Sauce. Hands down the best milkshake I have ever had. This one’s pretty easy to do at home, although the chefs probably used homemade ice cream for it. Note that the recipe calls for coconut milk ice cream, not coconut ice cream. Using regular coconut would probably make the flavor too strong. Try using vanilla ice cream and add a splash of coconut milk to get the flavor.

Warm Chocolate Bread Pudding with Vanilla Anglaise:

Photo by Shawn Eliav.

This may have been the highlight of the night for me. He made the bread pudding with croissants so it was amazingly buttery and light, and the apples inside were icing on the cake, not to mention there was actual icing — that plastic tube is filled with a vanilla sauce for topping. I almost went for seconds on this one — and the serving was pretty generous!

Chocolate Brownie with Champagne Anglaise:

Photo by Shawn Eliav.

Likely the fanciest brownie I will ever eat, the champagne anglaise was sweet genius. Not only was the brownie moist and perfectly chocolatey, the cream on top was to die for. My hack: try adding a splash of espresso to a box of brownies (coffee brings out the flavor of chocolate), mix some champagne into ready-made frosting, and viola.

Smoked Salmon Roulette with Salmon Caviar:

Photo by Shawn Eliav.

In layman’s terms, this is a cracker topped with smoked salmon mousse and caviar. I’d suggest putting lox (a filet of brined salmon) on Ritz crackers, but that would simply not do this dish justice. Fun fact: this masterpiece was the work of Spike Mendelsohn (Top Chef, Season Four finalist)–I may have had a brief fan-girl moment.

There was also a bake-off competition. Check out the winning cake:

Photo by Shawn Eliav.

Oh, and did I mention people brought their dogs?

Photo by Shawn Eliav.

Photo by Shawn Eliav.

The Washington Humane Society even brought out dogs up for adoption:

Photo by Shawn Eliav.

It was an evening of endless desserts, countless wine tastings and lovable dogs, all for a great cause.

Interested in volunteering for The Washington Humane Society? Visit www.washhumane.org for more info.

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17 Mocktails: Drinks That Won't Send Your Blood Sugar Soaring

Mix up a non-alcoholic party drink or two just for yourself, or go ahead and double, triple or quadruple any of these recipes to make enough to share.

Alcohol-free wines and champagne are super low in carbs, but remember that many nonalcoholic drinks—especially those made with fruit juices, non-alcoholic beer, and commercial mixers like tonic water—can run high in carbs, so it’s best to limit those drinks to just one or two max.

Some drinks call for optional sweetener—you can experiment with stevia or any other sweetener you normally use. Also note that commercial beverages labeled “alcohol-free” can, by law, contain up to 0.5% alcohol. Plus, some ingredients, like vanilla or rum extract, also contain trace amounts of alcohol. That’s insignificant for most people but may not be right for someone who must absolutely avoid even a trace of alcohol. Better, in that case, to stick with tea or juice-based “mocktails.”

#1. Cherry Chaser

Cherry Chaser (Photo: Unsplash, Brooke Lark)

In an 8-ounce glass, combine 1/2 cup cold non-alcoholic beer and 1/4 cup cold tart cherry juice. Somehow this combination cancels out some of the bitterness of the beer and some of the tartness of the cherry juice for a surprisingly delicious and refreshing combination. (16 g carbohydrate)

#2. Chili Beer

For those who like to spice things up! Lightly rub the rim of an “old-fashioned” or “rocks” glass with a wedge of lime. Dip briefly into a half-half combination of salt and chili powder spread out on a saucer. (You just want a very light coating of chili salt around the edge of the glass. Fill the glass with ice, then with 1/2 cup nonalcoholic beer. Add the lime wedge. (10 g carbohydrate)

#3. Ginger Lime Beer
Ginger Lime Beer Mocktail (photo:123rf)

Similar to a popular Cuban beer cocktail, you may or may not want to add a little sweetener to this drink. Fill a tall glass with ice. Add the juice of one lime and the juice of one 2-inch piece of ginger root. (To make ginger juice, grate fresh ginger root over a plain paper napkin. Gather up the sides of the napkin to make a little bundle, then, with your fingers, press the bundle over your drink to squeeze out as much juice as you can.) Add 1/2 cup of nonalcoholic beer. (10 g carbohydrate)

#4. Tonic Cooler
Fill a tall glass with ice. Add up to 8 ounces tonic water. Float several cucumber, lemon or lime slices, or a crushed sprig of mint on top. Note that tonic water is sweetened with both sugar or corn-syrup and artificial sweeteners, and contains quinine, which is responsible for it’s signature bitter flavor. (22 g carb).

#5. Mock Gin & Tonic

Mock Gin and Tonic (Photo:123rf)

Add a few crushed, dried juniper berries (only those sold commercially for culinary use), a couple of star anise, if you have them on hand, and a shaving of lemon or lime peel to 8 ounces of tonic water let stand 15 minutes. Strain through a small wire mesh sieve before serving in a tall glass over ice discard berries and peel. (Note: Do not consume food or drinks made with juniper berries if you have kidney disease or you are pregnant.) Garnish with a fresh lemon or lime slice. (22 g carbohydrates)

#6. Chai Tea Twist

Fill a tall glass with ice. Add cold brewed chai tea until glass is 3/4 full. Add just a drop or two of vanilla extract, if you like. Fill the glass with seltzer and float a slice of lemon on top. (0 carbs)

#7. Chili-Pineapple Spritzer

Fill a tall glass with ice. Add 1/2 cup pineapple juice. Add a squeeze of lime and fill the glass with seltzer. Garnish with a pinch of dried chili pepper or crushed red pepper flakes and a sprig of cilantro. (17 g carbohydrate)

#8. Hibiscus Lime Drink

Hibiscus Lime Mocktail (Photo:123rf)

Fill a tall glass with ice and add cold, brewed hibiscus tea. Add a squeeze of fresh lime juice and sweeten to taste with stevia or your preferred sweetener. Garnish with a lime slice and a sprig of mint. (0 g carbohydrate)

#9. Pomegranate Fizz

Fill a flute glass 3/4 full with cold, non-alcoholic Champagne. Add a tablespoon or two of cold pomegranate juice. (5 g carbohydrate)


17 Mocktails: Drinks That Won't Send Your Blood Sugar Soaring

Mix up a non-alcoholic party drink or two just for yourself, or go ahead and double, triple or quadruple any of these recipes to make enough to share.

Alcohol-free wines and champagne are super low in carbs, but remember that many nonalcoholic drinks—especially those made with fruit juices, non-alcoholic beer, and commercial mixers like tonic water—can run high in carbs, so it’s best to limit those drinks to just one or two max.

Some drinks call for optional sweetener—you can experiment with stevia or any other sweetener you normally use. Also note that commercial beverages labeled “alcohol-free” can, by law, contain up to 0.5% alcohol. Plus, some ingredients, like vanilla or rum extract, also contain trace amounts of alcohol. That’s insignificant for most people but may not be right for someone who must absolutely avoid even a trace of alcohol. Better, in that case, to stick with tea or juice-based “mocktails.”

#1. Cherry Chaser

Cherry Chaser (Photo: Unsplash, Brooke Lark)

In an 8-ounce glass, combine 1/2 cup cold non-alcoholic beer and 1/4 cup cold tart cherry juice. Somehow this combination cancels out some of the bitterness of the beer and some of the tartness of the cherry juice for a surprisingly delicious and refreshing combination. (16 g carbohydrate)

#2. Chili Beer

For those who like to spice things up! Lightly rub the rim of an “old-fashioned” or “rocks” glass with a wedge of lime. Dip briefly into a half-half combination of salt and chili powder spread out on a saucer. (You just want a very light coating of chili salt around the edge of the glass. Fill the glass with ice, then with 1/2 cup nonalcoholic beer. Add the lime wedge. (10 g carbohydrate)

#3. Ginger Lime Beer
Ginger Lime Beer Mocktail (photo:123rf)

Similar to a popular Cuban beer cocktail, you may or may not want to add a little sweetener to this drink. Fill a tall glass with ice. Add the juice of one lime and the juice of one 2-inch piece of ginger root. (To make ginger juice, grate fresh ginger root over a plain paper napkin. Gather up the sides of the napkin to make a little bundle, then, with your fingers, press the bundle over your drink to squeeze out as much juice as you can.) Add 1/2 cup of nonalcoholic beer. (10 g carbohydrate)

#4. Tonic Cooler
Fill a tall glass with ice. Add up to 8 ounces tonic water. Float several cucumber, lemon or lime slices, or a crushed sprig of mint on top. Note that tonic water is sweetened with both sugar or corn-syrup and artificial sweeteners, and contains quinine, which is responsible for it’s signature bitter flavor. (22 g carb).

#5. Mock Gin & Tonic

Mock Gin and Tonic (Photo:123rf)

Add a few crushed, dried juniper berries (only those sold commercially for culinary use), a couple of star anise, if you have them on hand, and a shaving of lemon or lime peel to 8 ounces of tonic water let stand 15 minutes. Strain through a small wire mesh sieve before serving in a tall glass over ice discard berries and peel. (Note: Do not consume food or drinks made with juniper berries if you have kidney disease or you are pregnant.) Garnish with a fresh lemon or lime slice. (22 g carbohydrates)

#6. Chai Tea Twist

Fill a tall glass with ice. Add cold brewed chai tea until glass is 3/4 full. Add just a drop or two of vanilla extract, if you like. Fill the glass with seltzer and float a slice of lemon on top. (0 carbs)

#7. Chili-Pineapple Spritzer

Fill a tall glass with ice. Add 1/2 cup pineapple juice. Add a squeeze of lime and fill the glass with seltzer. Garnish with a pinch of dried chili pepper or crushed red pepper flakes and a sprig of cilantro. (17 g carbohydrate)

#8. Hibiscus Lime Drink

Hibiscus Lime Mocktail (Photo:123rf)

Fill a tall glass with ice and add cold, brewed hibiscus tea. Add a squeeze of fresh lime juice and sweeten to taste with stevia or your preferred sweetener. Garnish with a lime slice and a sprig of mint. (0 g carbohydrate)

#9. Pomegranate Fizz

Fill a flute glass 3/4 full with cold, non-alcoholic Champagne. Add a tablespoon or two of cold pomegranate juice. (5 g carbohydrate)


17 Mocktails: Drinks That Won't Send Your Blood Sugar Soaring

Mix up a non-alcoholic party drink or two just for yourself, or go ahead and double, triple or quadruple any of these recipes to make enough to share.

Alcohol-free wines and champagne are super low in carbs, but remember that many nonalcoholic drinks—especially those made with fruit juices, non-alcoholic beer, and commercial mixers like tonic water—can run high in carbs, so it’s best to limit those drinks to just one or two max.

Some drinks call for optional sweetener—you can experiment with stevia or any other sweetener you normally use. Also note that commercial beverages labeled “alcohol-free” can, by law, contain up to 0.5% alcohol. Plus, some ingredients, like vanilla or rum extract, also contain trace amounts of alcohol. That’s insignificant for most people but may not be right for someone who must absolutely avoid even a trace of alcohol. Better, in that case, to stick with tea or juice-based “mocktails.”

#1. Cherry Chaser

Cherry Chaser (Photo: Unsplash, Brooke Lark)

In an 8-ounce glass, combine 1/2 cup cold non-alcoholic beer and 1/4 cup cold tart cherry juice. Somehow this combination cancels out some of the bitterness of the beer and some of the tartness of the cherry juice for a surprisingly delicious and refreshing combination. (16 g carbohydrate)

#2. Chili Beer

For those who like to spice things up! Lightly rub the rim of an “old-fashioned” or “rocks” glass with a wedge of lime. Dip briefly into a half-half combination of salt and chili powder spread out on a saucer. (You just want a very light coating of chili salt around the edge of the glass. Fill the glass with ice, then with 1/2 cup nonalcoholic beer. Add the lime wedge. (10 g carbohydrate)

#3. Ginger Lime Beer
Ginger Lime Beer Mocktail (photo:123rf)

Similar to a popular Cuban beer cocktail, you may or may not want to add a little sweetener to this drink. Fill a tall glass with ice. Add the juice of one lime and the juice of one 2-inch piece of ginger root. (To make ginger juice, grate fresh ginger root over a plain paper napkin. Gather up the sides of the napkin to make a little bundle, then, with your fingers, press the bundle over your drink to squeeze out as much juice as you can.) Add 1/2 cup of nonalcoholic beer. (10 g carbohydrate)

#4. Tonic Cooler
Fill a tall glass with ice. Add up to 8 ounces tonic water. Float several cucumber, lemon or lime slices, or a crushed sprig of mint on top. Note that tonic water is sweetened with both sugar or corn-syrup and artificial sweeteners, and contains quinine, which is responsible for it’s signature bitter flavor. (22 g carb).

#5. Mock Gin & Tonic

Mock Gin and Tonic (Photo:123rf)

Add a few crushed, dried juniper berries (only those sold commercially for culinary use), a couple of star anise, if you have them on hand, and a shaving of lemon or lime peel to 8 ounces of tonic water let stand 15 minutes. Strain through a small wire mesh sieve before serving in a tall glass over ice discard berries and peel. (Note: Do not consume food or drinks made with juniper berries if you have kidney disease or you are pregnant.) Garnish with a fresh lemon or lime slice. (22 g carbohydrates)

#6. Chai Tea Twist

Fill a tall glass with ice. Add cold brewed chai tea until glass is 3/4 full. Add just a drop or two of vanilla extract, if you like. Fill the glass with seltzer and float a slice of lemon on top. (0 carbs)

#7. Chili-Pineapple Spritzer

Fill a tall glass with ice. Add 1/2 cup pineapple juice. Add a squeeze of lime and fill the glass with seltzer. Garnish with a pinch of dried chili pepper or crushed red pepper flakes and a sprig of cilantro. (17 g carbohydrate)

#8. Hibiscus Lime Drink

Hibiscus Lime Mocktail (Photo:123rf)

Fill a tall glass with ice and add cold, brewed hibiscus tea. Add a squeeze of fresh lime juice and sweeten to taste with stevia or your preferred sweetener. Garnish with a lime slice and a sprig of mint. (0 g carbohydrate)

#9. Pomegranate Fizz

Fill a flute glass 3/4 full with cold, non-alcoholic Champagne. Add a tablespoon or two of cold pomegranate juice. (5 g carbohydrate)


17 Mocktails: Drinks That Won't Send Your Blood Sugar Soaring

Mix up a non-alcoholic party drink or two just for yourself, or go ahead and double, triple or quadruple any of these recipes to make enough to share.

Alcohol-free wines and champagne are super low in carbs, but remember that many nonalcoholic drinks—especially those made with fruit juices, non-alcoholic beer, and commercial mixers like tonic water—can run high in carbs, so it’s best to limit those drinks to just one or two max.

Some drinks call for optional sweetener—you can experiment with stevia or any other sweetener you normally use. Also note that commercial beverages labeled “alcohol-free” can, by law, contain up to 0.5% alcohol. Plus, some ingredients, like vanilla or rum extract, also contain trace amounts of alcohol. That’s insignificant for most people but may not be right for someone who must absolutely avoid even a trace of alcohol. Better, in that case, to stick with tea or juice-based “mocktails.”

#1. Cherry Chaser

Cherry Chaser (Photo: Unsplash, Brooke Lark)

In an 8-ounce glass, combine 1/2 cup cold non-alcoholic beer and 1/4 cup cold tart cherry juice. Somehow this combination cancels out some of the bitterness of the beer and some of the tartness of the cherry juice for a surprisingly delicious and refreshing combination. (16 g carbohydrate)

#2. Chili Beer

For those who like to spice things up! Lightly rub the rim of an “old-fashioned” or “rocks” glass with a wedge of lime. Dip briefly into a half-half combination of salt and chili powder spread out on a saucer. (You just want a very light coating of chili salt around the edge of the glass. Fill the glass with ice, then with 1/2 cup nonalcoholic beer. Add the lime wedge. (10 g carbohydrate)

#3. Ginger Lime Beer
Ginger Lime Beer Mocktail (photo:123rf)

Similar to a popular Cuban beer cocktail, you may or may not want to add a little sweetener to this drink. Fill a tall glass with ice. Add the juice of one lime and the juice of one 2-inch piece of ginger root. (To make ginger juice, grate fresh ginger root over a plain paper napkin. Gather up the sides of the napkin to make a little bundle, then, with your fingers, press the bundle over your drink to squeeze out as much juice as you can.) Add 1/2 cup of nonalcoholic beer. (10 g carbohydrate)

#4. Tonic Cooler
Fill a tall glass with ice. Add up to 8 ounces tonic water. Float several cucumber, lemon or lime slices, or a crushed sprig of mint on top. Note that tonic water is sweetened with both sugar or corn-syrup and artificial sweeteners, and contains quinine, which is responsible for it’s signature bitter flavor. (22 g carb).

#5. Mock Gin & Tonic

Mock Gin and Tonic (Photo:123rf)

Add a few crushed, dried juniper berries (only those sold commercially for culinary use), a couple of star anise, if you have them on hand, and a shaving of lemon or lime peel to 8 ounces of tonic water let stand 15 minutes. Strain through a small wire mesh sieve before serving in a tall glass over ice discard berries and peel. (Note: Do not consume food or drinks made with juniper berries if you have kidney disease or you are pregnant.) Garnish with a fresh lemon or lime slice. (22 g carbohydrates)

#6. Chai Tea Twist

Fill a tall glass with ice. Add cold brewed chai tea until glass is 3/4 full. Add just a drop or two of vanilla extract, if you like. Fill the glass with seltzer and float a slice of lemon on top. (0 carbs)

#7. Chili-Pineapple Spritzer

Fill a tall glass with ice. Add 1/2 cup pineapple juice. Add a squeeze of lime and fill the glass with seltzer. Garnish with a pinch of dried chili pepper or crushed red pepper flakes and a sprig of cilantro. (17 g carbohydrate)

#8. Hibiscus Lime Drink

Hibiscus Lime Mocktail (Photo:123rf)

Fill a tall glass with ice and add cold, brewed hibiscus tea. Add a squeeze of fresh lime juice and sweeten to taste with stevia or your preferred sweetener. Garnish with a lime slice and a sprig of mint. (0 g carbohydrate)

#9. Pomegranate Fizz

Fill a flute glass 3/4 full with cold, non-alcoholic Champagne. Add a tablespoon or two of cold pomegranate juice. (5 g carbohydrate)


17 Mocktails: Drinks That Won't Send Your Blood Sugar Soaring

Mix up a non-alcoholic party drink or two just for yourself, or go ahead and double, triple or quadruple any of these recipes to make enough to share.

Alcohol-free wines and champagne are super low in carbs, but remember that many nonalcoholic drinks—especially those made with fruit juices, non-alcoholic beer, and commercial mixers like tonic water—can run high in carbs, so it’s best to limit those drinks to just one or two max.

Some drinks call for optional sweetener—you can experiment with stevia or any other sweetener you normally use. Also note that commercial beverages labeled “alcohol-free” can, by law, contain up to 0.5% alcohol. Plus, some ingredients, like vanilla or rum extract, also contain trace amounts of alcohol. That’s insignificant for most people but may not be right for someone who must absolutely avoid even a trace of alcohol. Better, in that case, to stick with tea or juice-based “mocktails.”

#1. Cherry Chaser

Cherry Chaser (Photo: Unsplash, Brooke Lark)

In an 8-ounce glass, combine 1/2 cup cold non-alcoholic beer and 1/4 cup cold tart cherry juice. Somehow this combination cancels out some of the bitterness of the beer and some of the tartness of the cherry juice for a surprisingly delicious and refreshing combination. (16 g carbohydrate)

#2. Chili Beer

For those who like to spice things up! Lightly rub the rim of an “old-fashioned” or “rocks” glass with a wedge of lime. Dip briefly into a half-half combination of salt and chili powder spread out on a saucer. (You just want a very light coating of chili salt around the edge of the glass. Fill the glass with ice, then with 1/2 cup nonalcoholic beer. Add the lime wedge. (10 g carbohydrate)

#3. Ginger Lime Beer
Ginger Lime Beer Mocktail (photo:123rf)

Similar to a popular Cuban beer cocktail, you may or may not want to add a little sweetener to this drink. Fill a tall glass with ice. Add the juice of one lime and the juice of one 2-inch piece of ginger root. (To make ginger juice, grate fresh ginger root over a plain paper napkin. Gather up the sides of the napkin to make a little bundle, then, with your fingers, press the bundle over your drink to squeeze out as much juice as you can.) Add 1/2 cup of nonalcoholic beer. (10 g carbohydrate)

#4. Tonic Cooler
Fill a tall glass with ice. Add up to 8 ounces tonic water. Float several cucumber, lemon or lime slices, or a crushed sprig of mint on top. Note that tonic water is sweetened with both sugar or corn-syrup and artificial sweeteners, and contains quinine, which is responsible for it’s signature bitter flavor. (22 g carb).

#5. Mock Gin & Tonic

Mock Gin and Tonic (Photo:123rf)

Add a few crushed, dried juniper berries (only those sold commercially for culinary use), a couple of star anise, if you have them on hand, and a shaving of lemon or lime peel to 8 ounces of tonic water let stand 15 minutes. Strain through a small wire mesh sieve before serving in a tall glass over ice discard berries and peel. (Note: Do not consume food or drinks made with juniper berries if you have kidney disease or you are pregnant.) Garnish with a fresh lemon or lime slice. (22 g carbohydrates)

#6. Chai Tea Twist

Fill a tall glass with ice. Add cold brewed chai tea until glass is 3/4 full. Add just a drop or two of vanilla extract, if you like. Fill the glass with seltzer and float a slice of lemon on top. (0 carbs)

#7. Chili-Pineapple Spritzer

Fill a tall glass with ice. Add 1/2 cup pineapple juice. Add a squeeze of lime and fill the glass with seltzer. Garnish with a pinch of dried chili pepper or crushed red pepper flakes and a sprig of cilantro. (17 g carbohydrate)

#8. Hibiscus Lime Drink

Hibiscus Lime Mocktail (Photo:123rf)

Fill a tall glass with ice and add cold, brewed hibiscus tea. Add a squeeze of fresh lime juice and sweeten to taste with stevia or your preferred sweetener. Garnish with a lime slice and a sprig of mint. (0 g carbohydrate)

#9. Pomegranate Fizz

Fill a flute glass 3/4 full with cold, non-alcoholic Champagne. Add a tablespoon or two of cold pomegranate juice. (5 g carbohydrate)


17 Mocktails: Drinks That Won't Send Your Blood Sugar Soaring

Mix up a non-alcoholic party drink or two just for yourself, or go ahead and double, triple or quadruple any of these recipes to make enough to share.

Alcohol-free wines and champagne are super low in carbs, but remember that many nonalcoholic drinks—especially those made with fruit juices, non-alcoholic beer, and commercial mixers like tonic water—can run high in carbs, so it’s best to limit those drinks to just one or two max.

Some drinks call for optional sweetener—you can experiment with stevia or any other sweetener you normally use. Also note that commercial beverages labeled “alcohol-free” can, by law, contain up to 0.5% alcohol. Plus, some ingredients, like vanilla or rum extract, also contain trace amounts of alcohol. That’s insignificant for most people but may not be right for someone who must absolutely avoid even a trace of alcohol. Better, in that case, to stick with tea or juice-based “mocktails.”

#1. Cherry Chaser

Cherry Chaser (Photo: Unsplash, Brooke Lark)

In an 8-ounce glass, combine 1/2 cup cold non-alcoholic beer and 1/4 cup cold tart cherry juice. Somehow this combination cancels out some of the bitterness of the beer and some of the tartness of the cherry juice for a surprisingly delicious and refreshing combination. (16 g carbohydrate)

#2. Chili Beer

For those who like to spice things up! Lightly rub the rim of an “old-fashioned” or “rocks” glass with a wedge of lime. Dip briefly into a half-half combination of salt and chili powder spread out on a saucer. (You just want a very light coating of chili salt around the edge of the glass. Fill the glass with ice, then with 1/2 cup nonalcoholic beer. Add the lime wedge. (10 g carbohydrate)

#3. Ginger Lime Beer
Ginger Lime Beer Mocktail (photo:123rf)

Similar to a popular Cuban beer cocktail, you may or may not want to add a little sweetener to this drink. Fill a tall glass with ice. Add the juice of one lime and the juice of one 2-inch piece of ginger root. (To make ginger juice, grate fresh ginger root over a plain paper napkin. Gather up the sides of the napkin to make a little bundle, then, with your fingers, press the bundle over your drink to squeeze out as much juice as you can.) Add 1/2 cup of nonalcoholic beer. (10 g carbohydrate)

#4. Tonic Cooler
Fill a tall glass with ice. Add up to 8 ounces tonic water. Float several cucumber, lemon or lime slices, or a crushed sprig of mint on top. Note that tonic water is sweetened with both sugar or corn-syrup and artificial sweeteners, and contains quinine, which is responsible for it’s signature bitter flavor. (22 g carb).

#5. Mock Gin & Tonic

Mock Gin and Tonic (Photo:123rf)

Add a few crushed, dried juniper berries (only those sold commercially for culinary use), a couple of star anise, if you have them on hand, and a shaving of lemon or lime peel to 8 ounces of tonic water let stand 15 minutes. Strain through a small wire mesh sieve before serving in a tall glass over ice discard berries and peel. (Note: Do not consume food or drinks made with juniper berries if you have kidney disease or you are pregnant.) Garnish with a fresh lemon or lime slice. (22 g carbohydrates)

#6. Chai Tea Twist

Fill a tall glass with ice. Add cold brewed chai tea until glass is 3/4 full. Add just a drop or two of vanilla extract, if you like. Fill the glass with seltzer and float a slice of lemon on top. (0 carbs)

#7. Chili-Pineapple Spritzer

Fill a tall glass with ice. Add 1/2 cup pineapple juice. Add a squeeze of lime and fill the glass with seltzer. Garnish with a pinch of dried chili pepper or crushed red pepper flakes and a sprig of cilantro. (17 g carbohydrate)

#8. Hibiscus Lime Drink

Hibiscus Lime Mocktail (Photo:123rf)

Fill a tall glass with ice and add cold, brewed hibiscus tea. Add a squeeze of fresh lime juice and sweeten to taste with stevia or your preferred sweetener. Garnish with a lime slice and a sprig of mint. (0 g carbohydrate)

#9. Pomegranate Fizz

Fill a flute glass 3/4 full with cold, non-alcoholic Champagne. Add a tablespoon or two of cold pomegranate juice. (5 g carbohydrate)


17 Mocktails: Drinks That Won't Send Your Blood Sugar Soaring

Mix up a non-alcoholic party drink or two just for yourself, or go ahead and double, triple or quadruple any of these recipes to make enough to share.

Alcohol-free wines and champagne are super low in carbs, but remember that many nonalcoholic drinks—especially those made with fruit juices, non-alcoholic beer, and commercial mixers like tonic water—can run high in carbs, so it’s best to limit those drinks to just one or two max.

Some drinks call for optional sweetener—you can experiment with stevia or any other sweetener you normally use. Also note that commercial beverages labeled “alcohol-free” can, by law, contain up to 0.5% alcohol. Plus, some ingredients, like vanilla or rum extract, also contain trace amounts of alcohol. That’s insignificant for most people but may not be right for someone who must absolutely avoid even a trace of alcohol. Better, in that case, to stick with tea or juice-based “mocktails.”

#1. Cherry Chaser

Cherry Chaser (Photo: Unsplash, Brooke Lark)

In an 8-ounce glass, combine 1/2 cup cold non-alcoholic beer and 1/4 cup cold tart cherry juice. Somehow this combination cancels out some of the bitterness of the beer and some of the tartness of the cherry juice for a surprisingly delicious and refreshing combination. (16 g carbohydrate)

#2. Chili Beer

For those who like to spice things up! Lightly rub the rim of an “old-fashioned” or “rocks” glass with a wedge of lime. Dip briefly into a half-half combination of salt and chili powder spread out on a saucer. (You just want a very light coating of chili salt around the edge of the glass. Fill the glass with ice, then with 1/2 cup nonalcoholic beer. Add the lime wedge. (10 g carbohydrate)

#3. Ginger Lime Beer
Ginger Lime Beer Mocktail (photo:123rf)

Similar to a popular Cuban beer cocktail, you may or may not want to add a little sweetener to this drink. Fill a tall glass with ice. Add the juice of one lime and the juice of one 2-inch piece of ginger root. (To make ginger juice, grate fresh ginger root over a plain paper napkin. Gather up the sides of the napkin to make a little bundle, then, with your fingers, press the bundle over your drink to squeeze out as much juice as you can.) Add 1/2 cup of nonalcoholic beer. (10 g carbohydrate)

#4. Tonic Cooler
Fill a tall glass with ice. Add up to 8 ounces tonic water. Float several cucumber, lemon or lime slices, or a crushed sprig of mint on top. Note that tonic water is sweetened with both sugar or corn-syrup and artificial sweeteners, and contains quinine, which is responsible for it’s signature bitter flavor. (22 g carb).

#5. Mock Gin & Tonic

Mock Gin and Tonic (Photo:123rf)

Add a few crushed, dried juniper berries (only those sold commercially for culinary use), a couple of star anise, if you have them on hand, and a shaving of lemon or lime peel to 8 ounces of tonic water let stand 15 minutes. Strain through a small wire mesh sieve before serving in a tall glass over ice discard berries and peel. (Note: Do not consume food or drinks made with juniper berries if you have kidney disease or you are pregnant.) Garnish with a fresh lemon or lime slice. (22 g carbohydrates)

#6. Chai Tea Twist

Fill a tall glass with ice. Add cold brewed chai tea until glass is 3/4 full. Add just a drop or two of vanilla extract, if you like. Fill the glass with seltzer and float a slice of lemon on top. (0 carbs)

#7. Chili-Pineapple Spritzer

Fill a tall glass with ice. Add 1/2 cup pineapple juice. Add a squeeze of lime and fill the glass with seltzer. Garnish with a pinch of dried chili pepper or crushed red pepper flakes and a sprig of cilantro. (17 g carbohydrate)

#8. Hibiscus Lime Drink

Hibiscus Lime Mocktail (Photo:123rf)

Fill a tall glass with ice and add cold, brewed hibiscus tea. Add a squeeze of fresh lime juice and sweeten to taste with stevia or your preferred sweetener. Garnish with a lime slice and a sprig of mint. (0 g carbohydrate)

#9. Pomegranate Fizz

Fill a flute glass 3/4 full with cold, non-alcoholic Champagne. Add a tablespoon or two of cold pomegranate juice. (5 g carbohydrate)


17 Mocktails: Drinks That Won't Send Your Blood Sugar Soaring

Mix up a non-alcoholic party drink or two just for yourself, or go ahead and double, triple or quadruple any of these recipes to make enough to share.

Alcohol-free wines and champagne are super low in carbs, but remember that many nonalcoholic drinks—especially those made with fruit juices, non-alcoholic beer, and commercial mixers like tonic water—can run high in carbs, so it’s best to limit those drinks to just one or two max.

Some drinks call for optional sweetener—you can experiment with stevia or any other sweetener you normally use. Also note that commercial beverages labeled “alcohol-free” can, by law, contain up to 0.5% alcohol. Plus, some ingredients, like vanilla or rum extract, also contain trace amounts of alcohol. That’s insignificant for most people but may not be right for someone who must absolutely avoid even a trace of alcohol. Better, in that case, to stick with tea or juice-based “mocktails.”

#1. Cherry Chaser

Cherry Chaser (Photo: Unsplash, Brooke Lark)

In an 8-ounce glass, combine 1/2 cup cold non-alcoholic beer and 1/4 cup cold tart cherry juice. Somehow this combination cancels out some of the bitterness of the beer and some of the tartness of the cherry juice for a surprisingly delicious and refreshing combination. (16 g carbohydrate)

#2. Chili Beer

For those who like to spice things up! Lightly rub the rim of an “old-fashioned” or “rocks” glass with a wedge of lime. Dip briefly into a half-half combination of salt and chili powder spread out on a saucer. (You just want a very light coating of chili salt around the edge of the glass. Fill the glass with ice, then with 1/2 cup nonalcoholic beer. Add the lime wedge. (10 g carbohydrate)

#3. Ginger Lime Beer
Ginger Lime Beer Mocktail (photo:123rf)

Similar to a popular Cuban beer cocktail, you may or may not want to add a little sweetener to this drink. Fill a tall glass with ice. Add the juice of one lime and the juice of one 2-inch piece of ginger root. (To make ginger juice, grate fresh ginger root over a plain paper napkin. Gather up the sides of the napkin to make a little bundle, then, with your fingers, press the bundle over your drink to squeeze out as much juice as you can.) Add 1/2 cup of nonalcoholic beer. (10 g carbohydrate)

#4. Tonic Cooler
Fill a tall glass with ice. Add up to 8 ounces tonic water. Float several cucumber, lemon or lime slices, or a crushed sprig of mint on top. Note that tonic water is sweetened with both sugar or corn-syrup and artificial sweeteners, and contains quinine, which is responsible for it’s signature bitter flavor. (22 g carb).

#5. Mock Gin & Tonic

Mock Gin and Tonic (Photo:123rf)

Add a few crushed, dried juniper berries (only those sold commercially for culinary use), a couple of star anise, if you have them on hand, and a shaving of lemon or lime peel to 8 ounces of tonic water let stand 15 minutes. Strain through a small wire mesh sieve before serving in a tall glass over ice discard berries and peel. (Note: Do not consume food or drinks made with juniper berries if you have kidney disease or you are pregnant.) Garnish with a fresh lemon or lime slice. (22 g carbohydrates)

#6. Chai Tea Twist

Fill a tall glass with ice. Add cold brewed chai tea until glass is 3/4 full. Add just a drop or two of vanilla extract, if you like. Fill the glass with seltzer and float a slice of lemon on top. (0 carbs)

#7. Chili-Pineapple Spritzer

Fill a tall glass with ice. Add 1/2 cup pineapple juice. Add a squeeze of lime and fill the glass with seltzer. Garnish with a pinch of dried chili pepper or crushed red pepper flakes and a sprig of cilantro. (17 g carbohydrate)

#8. Hibiscus Lime Drink

Hibiscus Lime Mocktail (Photo:123rf)

Fill a tall glass with ice and add cold, brewed hibiscus tea. Add a squeeze of fresh lime juice and sweeten to taste with stevia or your preferred sweetener. Garnish with a lime slice and a sprig of mint. (0 g carbohydrate)

#9. Pomegranate Fizz

Fill a flute glass 3/4 full with cold, non-alcoholic Champagne. Add a tablespoon or two of cold pomegranate juice. (5 g carbohydrate)


17 Mocktails: Drinks That Won't Send Your Blood Sugar Soaring

Mix up a non-alcoholic party drink or two just for yourself, or go ahead and double, triple or quadruple any of these recipes to make enough to share.

Alcohol-free wines and champagne are super low in carbs, but remember that many nonalcoholic drinks—especially those made with fruit juices, non-alcoholic beer, and commercial mixers like tonic water—can run high in carbs, so it’s best to limit those drinks to just one or two max.

Some drinks call for optional sweetener—you can experiment with stevia or any other sweetener you normally use. Also note that commercial beverages labeled “alcohol-free” can, by law, contain up to 0.5% alcohol. Plus, some ingredients, like vanilla or rum extract, also contain trace amounts of alcohol. That’s insignificant for most people but may not be right for someone who must absolutely avoid even a trace of alcohol. Better, in that case, to stick with tea or juice-based “mocktails.”

#1. Cherry Chaser

Cherry Chaser (Photo: Unsplash, Brooke Lark)

In an 8-ounce glass, combine 1/2 cup cold non-alcoholic beer and 1/4 cup cold tart cherry juice. Somehow this combination cancels out some of the bitterness of the beer and some of the tartness of the cherry juice for a surprisingly delicious and refreshing combination. (16 g carbohydrate)

#2. Chili Beer

For those who like to spice things up! Lightly rub the rim of an “old-fashioned” or “rocks” glass with a wedge of lime. Dip briefly into a half-half combination of salt and chili powder spread out on a saucer. (You just want a very light coating of chili salt around the edge of the glass. Fill the glass with ice, then with 1/2 cup nonalcoholic beer. Add the lime wedge. (10 g carbohydrate)

#3. Ginger Lime Beer
Ginger Lime Beer Mocktail (photo:123rf)

Similar to a popular Cuban beer cocktail, you may or may not want to add a little sweetener to this drink. Fill a tall glass with ice. Add the juice of one lime and the juice of one 2-inch piece of ginger root. (To make ginger juice, grate fresh ginger root over a plain paper napkin. Gather up the sides of the napkin to make a little bundle, then, with your fingers, press the bundle over your drink to squeeze out as much juice as you can.) Add 1/2 cup of nonalcoholic beer. (10 g carbohydrate)

#4. Tonic Cooler
Fill a tall glass with ice. Add up to 8 ounces tonic water. Float several cucumber, lemon or lime slices, or a crushed sprig of mint on top. Note that tonic water is sweetened with both sugar or corn-syrup and artificial sweeteners, and contains quinine, which is responsible for it’s signature bitter flavor. (22 g carb).

#5. Mock Gin & Tonic

Mock Gin and Tonic (Photo:123rf)

Add a few crushed, dried juniper berries (only those sold commercially for culinary use), a couple of star anise, if you have them on hand, and a shaving of lemon or lime peel to 8 ounces of tonic water let stand 15 minutes. Strain through a small wire mesh sieve before serving in a tall glass over ice discard berries and peel. (Note: Do not consume food or drinks made with juniper berries if you have kidney disease or you are pregnant.) Garnish with a fresh lemon or lime slice. (22 g carbohydrates)

#6. Chai Tea Twist

Fill a tall glass with ice. Add cold brewed chai tea until glass is 3/4 full. Add just a drop or two of vanilla extract, if you like. Fill the glass with seltzer and float a slice of lemon on top. (0 carbs)

#7. Chili-Pineapple Spritzer

Fill a tall glass with ice. Add 1/2 cup pineapple juice. Add a squeeze of lime and fill the glass with seltzer. Garnish with a pinch of dried chili pepper or crushed red pepper flakes and a sprig of cilantro. (17 g carbohydrate)

#8. Hibiscus Lime Drink

Hibiscus Lime Mocktail (Photo:123rf)

Fill a tall glass with ice and add cold, brewed hibiscus tea. Add a squeeze of fresh lime juice and sweeten to taste with stevia or your preferred sweetener. Garnish with a lime slice and a sprig of mint. (0 g carbohydrate)

#9. Pomegranate Fizz

Fill a flute glass 3/4 full with cold, non-alcoholic Champagne. Add a tablespoon or two of cold pomegranate juice. (5 g carbohydrate)


17 Mocktails: Drinks That Won't Send Your Blood Sugar Soaring

Mix up a non-alcoholic party drink or two just for yourself, or go ahead and double, triple or quadruple any of these recipes to make enough to share.

Alcohol-free wines and champagne are super low in carbs, but remember that many nonalcoholic drinks—especially those made with fruit juices, non-alcoholic beer, and commercial mixers like tonic water—can run high in carbs, so it’s best to limit those drinks to just one or two max.

Some drinks call for optional sweetener—you can experiment with stevia or any other sweetener you normally use. Also note that commercial beverages labeled “alcohol-free” can, by law, contain up to 0.5% alcohol. Plus, some ingredients, like vanilla or rum extract, also contain trace amounts of alcohol. That’s insignificant for most people but may not be right for someone who must absolutely avoid even a trace of alcohol. Better, in that case, to stick with tea or juice-based “mocktails.”

#1. Cherry Chaser

Cherry Chaser (Photo: Unsplash, Brooke Lark)

In an 8-ounce glass, combine 1/2 cup cold non-alcoholic beer and 1/4 cup cold tart cherry juice. Somehow this combination cancels out some of the bitterness of the beer and some of the tartness of the cherry juice for a surprisingly delicious and refreshing combination. (16 g carbohydrate)

#2. Chili Beer

For those who like to spice things up! Lightly rub the rim of an “old-fashioned” or “rocks” glass with a wedge of lime. Dip briefly into a half-half combination of salt and chili powder spread out on a saucer. (You just want a very light coating of chili salt around the edge of the glass. Fill the glass with ice, then with 1/2 cup nonalcoholic beer. Add the lime wedge. (10 g carbohydrate)

#3. Ginger Lime Beer
Ginger Lime Beer Mocktail (photo:123rf)

Similar to a popular Cuban beer cocktail, you may or may not want to add a little sweetener to this drink. Fill a tall glass with ice. Add the juice of one lime and the juice of one 2-inch piece of ginger root. (To make ginger juice, grate fresh ginger root over a plain paper napkin. Gather up the sides of the napkin to make a little bundle, then, with your fingers, press the bundle over your drink to squeeze out as much juice as you can.) Add 1/2 cup of nonalcoholic beer. (10 g carbohydrate)

#4. Tonic Cooler
Fill a tall glass with ice. Add up to 8 ounces tonic water. Float several cucumber, lemon or lime slices, or a crushed sprig of mint on top. Note that tonic water is sweetened with both sugar or corn-syrup and artificial sweeteners, and contains quinine, which is responsible for it’s signature bitter flavor. (22 g carb).

#5. Mock Gin & Tonic

Mock Gin and Tonic (Photo:123rf)

Add a few crushed, dried juniper berries (only those sold commercially for culinary use), a couple of star anise, if you have them on hand, and a shaving of lemon or lime peel to 8 ounces of tonic water let stand 15 minutes. Strain through a small wire mesh sieve before serving in a tall glass over ice discard berries and peel. (Note: Do not consume food or drinks made with juniper berries if you have kidney disease or you are pregnant.) Garnish with a fresh lemon or lime slice. (22 g carbohydrates)

#6. Chai Tea Twist

Fill a tall glass with ice. Add cold brewed chai tea until glass is 3/4 full. Add just a drop or two of vanilla extract, if you like. Fill the glass with seltzer and float a slice of lemon on top. (0 carbs)

#7. Chili-Pineapple Spritzer

Fill a tall glass with ice. Add 1/2 cup pineapple juice. Add a squeeze of lime and fill the glass with seltzer. Garnish with a pinch of dried chili pepper or crushed red pepper flakes and a sprig of cilantro. (17 g carbohydrate)

#8. Hibiscus Lime Drink

Hibiscus Lime Mocktail (Photo:123rf)

Fill a tall glass with ice and add cold, brewed hibiscus tea. Add a squeeze of fresh lime juice and sweeten to taste with stevia or your preferred sweetener. Garnish with a lime slice and a sprig of mint. (0 g carbohydrate)

#9. Pomegranate Fizz

Fill a flute glass 3/4 full with cold, non-alcoholic Champagne. Add a tablespoon or two of cold pomegranate juice. (5 g carbohydrate)


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