Some occasions just call for cocktails: Friday night. Girls’ Night. Date Night. Bad Day. Good Day. Hump Day. We understand; we’ve been there, which is why whenever we hear of a cocktail that is low in sugar (relatively speaking) and easy to make, we’re all about sharing it with you.
We’ve been drinking vodka sodas and tequila sodas since they became a trendy staple of the fashion flock. Lower in sugar than the typical barside libation (cosmopolitans, margaritas, rum-soaked daiquiris and so on), these drinks keep it clean by axing out the simple syrups and sweet liqueurs. My standard drink? Tequila (ideally, Casamigos or Cimmaron) served shaken with ice and a few lemon wedges on the side.
But recently I discovered flavored vodkas, specifically the Orange Cream Pop vodka from Svedka, a wheat-based liquor made in Sweden. The cocktail is so simple you don’t even need a recipe: Basically, pour one to two shots in a shaker filled with ice. Add the juice of 1/2 lemon; shake vigorously for 5-10 seconds (no, that does not count as cardio), and pour into a martini glass with a twist of lemon rind (if you’re feeling fancy). It’s cold, tart and sweet, like a grown up Creamsicle (yeah, that good) and could not be any easier. Plus: No added sugar! That’s something worth celebrating right there.
*For those of you used to drinking sweeter wines (whites, generally) and cocktails, this may be a bit of a bumpy transition for you. It was for me in the beginning. But it’s really just about habituating your palate to something new. Now white wine tastes super sweet to me and I love my straight-up cocktails. Plus, what I love even more is not ever waking up with a hangover. Although….that probably has more to do with how much I am drinking than what I am drinking, so try to limit your drinks to 1-2 if you don’t want to be feeling crumby the next day.