Guide: Diabetes-Friendly Cocktails When Dining Out

Food Travel LogoEnjoying a delicious meal with friends often includes a drink, but for those with diabetes, navigating the cocktail menu can be tricky.  Sugary concoctions can soar blood sugar levels, but that doesn't mean you have to forgo a festive beverage. Here are some tips and options for ordering diabetes-friendly cocktails when dining out.

Diabetes-Friendly Cocktails for Dining Out
Diabetes-Friendly Cocktails for Dining Out

General Tips:

  • Be mindful of portion size: Stick to a single drink and savor it slowly.
  • Choose low-carb mixers: Opt for sugar-free soda water, club soda, or unsweetened flavored sparkling water.
  • Limit sugary syrups and juices: These add unnecessary carbs and calories.
  • Communicate with your server: Ask about ingredients and sugar content or if they can adjust the recipe for your needs.

Cocktail Options:

  • Classic cocktails:
    • Dry martini: This sophisticated drink boasts gin or vodka with a touch of dry vermouth, offering minimal carbs and sugar.
    • Whiskey on the rocks: Opt for a neat pour of whiskey or bourbon containing no carbs or sugar.
  • Low-carb twists on classics:
    • "Skinny" margarita: Made with tequila, lime juice, and a sugar-free substitute for the usual triple sec.
    • "Mockjito" is a refreshing alternative to the mojito. It features muddled mint, lime juice, club soda, and a splash of sugar-free sweetener.
  • Sparkling options:
    • Dry champagne or sparkling wine: Celebrate with a festive glass of bubbly, ensuring it's brut (dry) or extra brut (scorched) for minimal sugar content.
    • "Sparkling mimosa": Combine dry champagne with unsweetened cranberry juice for a festive brunch beverage.


  • Always prioritize your health: Consult your doctor before consuming alcohol, and be mindful of your individual needs and limitations.
  • Enjoy responsibly: Savor your drink slowly, stay hydrated with water throughout the evening, and prioritize a healthy meal to help manage blood sugar levels.

Following these tips and exploring these options, you can enjoy a delicious and diabetes-friendly cocktail while dining out.