The Best Refined SugarFree Cocktails for Summer

What’s better than lying by a pool drinking an ice-cold cocktail on a summer’s day?  Drinking a SugarFree Cocktail lying by a pool – as I can’t tolerate refined sugar, that’s what!  (Can you tell I’m in holiday mode?) These recipes below should give you some inspiration to make your own delicious Sugarfree Cocktails rather than paying extortionate prices for ones made in swanky cocktail bars.

And best of all, they are all also grain, gluten and dairy free!  Some have a bit of honey added but most are naturally fruit/fruit juice sweetened, none of them contain any sugary liqueurs and all are SCD legal or easy to make so.  The one caveat to this claim is Tequila.  Tequila is one of those ‘grey areas’ on the SCD with not much actually said about it.  It isn’t listed as either legal/illegal but I tolerate it fine.  If you have problems with it you could always sub it for vodka in any of these recipes!  So grab your cocktail shaker and get reading!

A strange sounding name but a delicious drink!  This Yoga Mat & Cha is made with pineapple gin and almond milk to make it creamy.  It’s a dessert in a glass and sure to impress!(Yoga Mat & Cha) Pineapple Gin Cocktail by Emma Eats & Explores - Refined Sugarfree, Glutenfree, Grainfree, Paleo & SCD

Mezcal is a smoky tequila and this Mezcal Margarita is sweetened only with a tiny amount of honey.  With plenty of fresh lime juice and loads of ice this is perfect on a hot summer’s day!  I like the rim of the glass salted too!Mezcal Margarita by Emma Eats & Explores


The Bees Knees Cocktail from Tasting Page is a gin cocktail with plenty of citrus fruit!  the perfect refresher to cool you down on a hot summer’s day.Refined SugarFree Cocktails by Emma Eats & Explores

White wine Sangria reminds me of long lunches at Maria’s Restaurant in Portugal!  Light enough to drink at lunchtime and plenty of fruit!  This version is much less sweet than the usual versions so it’s more refreshing!  White Wine Sangria (Refined Sugar-Free) by Emma Eats & Explores

This Tequila with Coriander Lemonade from Fearless Dining is made with honey sweetened lemonade and the coriander in it really changes up the flavours!  I’ve never thought of adding coriander to a drink but I’m definitely going to give this one a try!Tequila Lemonade Coriander

My Vodka Watermelon Cooler is a grown up take on a Slushie and so refreshing.  Freezing the watermelon first means that you don’t have to add any ice to the drink so it’s quite a strong one but the addition of the lime, ginger and mint freshens everything up.  Definitely a drink to cool you down on a hot summer’s day!Watermelon Cooler Slush Vodka Mint Ginger Lime Cocktail SCD Paleo Grain-Free Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Clean Eating

This Paloma Honey Cocktail from Platings And Pairings uses tequila and pairs it with honey and grapefruit for an interesting and refreshing flavour combination! Refined SugarFree Cocktails by Emma Eats & Explores

This Summer Thyme Martini from Grey is the New Black just uses only fresh produce, mixed with gin and sounds absolutely delicious. And looks spectacular – would definitely impress any guests!Summer Thyme martini

And finally for something completely different!  Spice up your brunch with this Green Bloody Mary from Platings & Pairings.  Sure to draw a couple of wows from your guests, it’s a fantastic take on a regular Bloody Mary, using green tomatoes and fresh jalepenos.Refined SugarFree Cocktails by Emma Eats & Explores

So there you go – it is possible to make refined sugarfree cocktails! Try them out this summer and let me know in the comments section which one is your favourite!!

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28 Comments Add yours

  1. I’ve been looking for something like this for a long time! Thank you!

  2. Ola Broom says:

    What a great round up. The Spicy Mango sounds d-lish!

  3. Joan says:

    Palma honey cocktail is calling my name right about now looks so good and summer thyme martini sigh, choices choices I am sure they taste really good. Thank you

  4. Annie says:

    So much to choose from! Wonderful.

  5. LouTimesTwo says:

    Yes, Yes and YES!! This tired mama needs that Watermelon cocktail on this crazy Monday! Great post 🙂

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      Treat Yourself!! 🙂

  6. I don’t know where to start! All of these look amazing and perfect for summer. Will have to try a different one every week! 🙂

  7. Oh The Watermelon cooler looks amazing!! So totally going to try it.

  8. Holly says:

    I’m going to have to try the cranberry, orange and Apple white wine sangria! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Nelu says:

    An underager’s nightmare OMG! They look so good but I have a couple of months to go before I can enjoy that lol

  10. Clarissa says:

    These all sound so yummy! I’m excited to have this post since my maid of honor is coming to visit this weekend – we’ll need to catch up over a few of these!

    -Clarissa

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      Hope you guys had a fun time wedding planning (with the help of a few cocktails!)

  11. Oh my goodness, these look DELICIOUS! I audibly went “YUM!” to the first white sangria and then they just kept getting better and better! Thank you for these fabulous drink ideas.

    xo, Taylor

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      Thanks so much Taylor – I cant take credit for them all but you can bet I’m going to make every single one!! 🙂

  12. Sarah Kranz says:

    These all look great, definitely perfect for any summer day 🙂

  13. katevanvleck says:

    Oh I cant wait to try this Mango Chili combination! We love love LOVE any spicy cocktails!

  14. Alicia P says:

    Wow, reading this made my mouth water! Will definitely be trying some of these, esp the green tomato Bloody Mary! Yum!

  15. Oh wow, these all look so amazing! I need that Summer Thyme Martini 🙂

  16. I love this drink roundup! I try to stay away from refined sugars as well so my cocktails are usually pretty boring. 🙂

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      I’m the same and thought there weren’t many options out there. I did some research and turns out there’s plenty of yummy drinks that are refined sugar free!

  17. What a beautiful blog with so many wonderful recipes . Im happy to subscribe to a useful superb mouth watering picture filled website ..love it…

  18. Yay for these drinks! So refreshing and what is best is that they are refined sugar free. I will have to save this post for reference later!

  19. Amanda Kruse says:

    The lemonade looks so good!

  20. Jiya B says:

    I love summer cocktails. They are super cooles in so much heat. I love the way you have shared all the ideas to make super special summer cool drinks that too without refined sugar. Wow I am definately gona try them.

  21. Twinkle says:

    I love summer coolers. But some how was not able to enjoy because of fear of over consuming refined sugar I loved this post and your idea of making all coctails sugar free is amazing

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